Is there an easy way to tell whether the new 7.1 release will officially support my hardware? I looked at this url:

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.


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:

no...@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.

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.



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