Thank you all, for your replies. After messing around and trying a few
things (including messing with the BIOS settings by disabling serial and
parallel ports as well as manually setting IRQs), I ended up taking out one
of the Netgear cards and putting in an old 3com 3c905 that I had sitting
around. Once I did that, I was able to install with no problem and all the
cards are recognized with no conflicts.

And, to answer Iams question: It's for a firewall. :)

Thanks much,


On 7/2/07, Norberto Meijome <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 17:24:47 -0500
Tim Daneliuk <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> PU wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I have a bit of a problem I'm hoping someone here can help with. I
built a
> > 6.2 FBSD box and wound up with a bad NIC out of 3 and what I thought
> > have been a bad pci slot. I replaced the NIC with a new one, and moved
> > card to another slot just to make sure I took care of the problem.
> > However, now when I boot up, my rl0 interface is recognized, but isn't
> > 'initialized'. What I mean by that is that I see entries in dmesg, but
> > ifconfig does not show that interface. I can't even plumb the thing as
> > OS says it doesn't exist. What really throws me is that the other two
> > and a video card that were also moved are recognized with no problems
> > all. Problems just seem to follow the rl0 interface.

> b) All NICs work in some slots but fail on others.  This would hint
>     to one of two possibilities:  A bad PCI slot or a motherboard
>     that does strange and perverse things by hardwiring certain
>     interrupts to certain slot positions (yes, I've seen this and
>     it's maddening).  Remedy:  Run over the motherboard with a large
>     tank.

Before heading to your local military surplus shop for a second hand tank,
may want to have a play with the PCI IRQ settings in your motherboard :
- Change them from auto to one different IRQ to each slot.

- DISABLE devices you dont need. Do you need 2 COM ports + LPT + who knows
else? This is usually the problem - you're NIC, in a certain pci slot,
conflicts with other devices.

In most motherboards, the IRQ assignment is shown just after POST and just
before the OS boots (best way to see it is to remove all bootable devices
it's stuck after POST). You *really* want to have individual IRQs for each

I've had this problem with some ASUS motherboards, Award bios + 3+  fxp

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