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Date:      Fri, 18 Oct 2013 06:32:05 +0000
From:      "Thomas Mueller" <>
Cc:        Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: Disable devices at boot time?
Message-ID:  <99.17.02506.5E5D0625@cdptpa-oedge01>
References:  <9F.B4.02506.FE40F525@cdptpa-oedge01> <>

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> On Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:28:15 +0000, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> > Is there any way in FreeBSD to disable or enable devices on boot?
> There is /boot/device.hints with settings like
>         hint.<what>.<number>.disabled="1"
> See "man 5 device.hints" for details. If you enter the loader
> prompt, you can also manually enable or disable devices.
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany

Thanks for help, that may work.

It can be useful if a device makes the system fail to boot.

In my case, I might want to disable re (Realtek 8111E Ethernet) on MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard, which fails to connect under FreeBSD but succeeds in NetBSD-current.


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