Da Rock wrote:
Hey, hey... I made a boo boo and ordered a unit with this nic onboard
(truthfully, I never thought I'd have any trouble since I had done this
before). Loaded 7 and couldn't find the nic. A little investigation
found that the nic was the above, and a little further found that there
was no support for it in the hcl's.

Now I do find it hard to believe there is no way around this- I found a
driver for FBSD4.5-6, is there one for 6.2 or higher? Or will this one
work? Anyone know how to install it?

The driver is only a c and a h file- Makefile is an empty file, and the
readme tells me to rebuild the kernel after removing rl and re in the
conf. Then I build the driver, and kldload it. Any idea why I'd have to
rebuild the kernel?

Cheers guys

I've seen this driver too (I've investigated for a friend who bought a similar motherboard that otherwise works with 7). The readme describes two "methods" of installation but the first one simply does not apply (there is no modules directory in the download). I have not tried the second method (looks reasonable though). Removing the rl and re from the kernel will remove the built-in support (it could conflict with the new driver) and create a module for the new driver. Note that you are also asked to replace the files in the FreeBSD src directories. In fact it is better to build as a module - building it into the kernel may well leave you with an unbootable kernel if it is not compatible.

As I said, I have not done this (my friend will be running Linux on this box) but as more and more recent mobos seem to use this NIC - and I may be buying one- if you are willing to give it a try, I will be interested in the results.

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