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Date:      Sun, 11 Jan 2009 07:39:05 -0500
From:      William Gordon Rutherdale <will.rutherdale@utoronto.ca>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground
Message-ID:  <4969E869.4070307@utoronto.ca>
In-Reply-To: <gkbnia$2tf$1@ger.gmane.org>
References:  <4968EDAF.40108@utoronto.ca>	<3a142e750901101153x66d0099dxa871dce07df32175@mail.gmail.com>	<49694724.6090705@utoronto.ca> <gkbnia$2tf$1@ger.gmane.org>

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Is there an easy way to tell whether the new 7.1 release will officially 
support my hardware?  I looked at this url:  
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.1R/relnotes.html#PROC

and cannot easily tell from there.  There must be something in the boot 
code (or drivers) that looks at the signature (maybe device name and 
manufacturer) and decides whether it knows the card. 

If I could find either documentation or some configuration or source 
code file to look at, then I could have an idea before actually trying 
it whether freebsd 7.1 actually will recognise this driver on its own.

By the way, two other cards were not recognised.  That's why it labelled 
it 'none2'.  There was also a none0 and a none1.  However those cards 
are lower priority for my application.

-Will


Michael Powell wrote:
> William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
>
>   
>> I have to use paper-sneakernet because
>> - no network connectivity yet
>> - tried plugging in a memory stick; it flashed but nothing showed up
>> with the 'mount' command
>>
>> Here are the last two entries from the 'pciconf -lv' command, which look
>> relevant to the problem.  I had to write them down on paper and walk
>> over to this room to type them.  Please pardon any typos:
>>
>> none2@pci0:2:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0x2abf103c chip=0x816810ec
>> rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
>>     vendor          = 'Realtek Semiconductor'
>>     device          = 'RTL 8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC'
>>     class           = network
>>     subclass        = ethernet
>>
>>     
>
> This may be supported by the "re" driver. Run your ifconfig setup
> commands against "re0" and see what happens. This should be present
> in the GENERIC kernel, if you have a custom kernel with it removed
> just kldload the module. You should also be able to grep "re" out
> from your dmesg.
>
> [snip]
>   
>> Question 1.  Is it possible that FreeBSD 7.1 would do a better job?
>>     
>
> Sometimes with these adapters not every chipID makes it into the driver
> code. Usually this takes care of itself as time goes on, eg "newer is 
> better".
>
> If you are just starting out with a new machine and a fresh install
> you might want to consider 7.1-RELEASE. 
> [snip]    
>   
>>> fwe is ethernet emulation driver for firewire.
>>> post output of pciconf -lv.
>>>
>>>   
>>>       
> [snip]
>
> -Mike
>
>
>
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