Support for 3C996-SX? Or 3C985(b)-SX?

Johan Ström johan at
Tue Jan 30 09:35:04 UTC 2007

On Jan 30, 2007, at 01:34 , Pyun YongHyeon wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 02:00:06PM +0100, Johan Str?m wrote:
>> Hi
>> I'm about to buy a PCI 1000-SX network card, looking on eBay I've
>> found both 3C996-SX and 3C985(b)-SX cards.
>> Looking at
>> i386.html#ETHERNET I can find "3Com 3c996-T (10/100/1000baseTX)", but
>> not the SX?
>> However, on
>> i386.html#ETHERNET I can see "3Com 3c996-SX, 3c996-T".
>> So, has the -SX support been removed or something?
>> From the if_bge.c changelog (
>> src/sys/dev/bge/if_bge.c) I found this:
> If my memory serve me right bge(4) supports 3Com 996SX.
> I think I've used the 996SX to make bge(4) work on sparc64.

Goodie :) I got a private mail from wpaul too confirming this.

>> Commit message by wpaul
>>> Lastly, teach the driver how to recognize a 3c996B-SX by checking
>>> the hardware config word in the EEPROM in order to detect the media.
>>> We attach 5701 fiber cards correctly now, but I haven't verified  
>>> that
>>> they send/receive packets yet since I don't have a second fiber
>>> interface at home. (I know that fiber 5700 cards work, so I'm
>>> keeping my fingers crossed.)
>> But this is from 4 years ago so.. not pretty recent and no followup
>> in the log.
>> So, is it supported or not? :)
>> Also i found some 3c985(b) cards on eBay, a bit more expensive ($10
>> or so..), but this uses the ti driver instead of bge. And from what I
>> can see this driver does not support ALTQ. However, im not quite sure
> I'm not sure Max Laier(mlaier@) already made a ALTQ patch for ti(4).
> If you can test ti(4) on your box I can write a ALTQ patch for ti(4).

Okay :) I'll see what card I get, but as I understand it it shouldnt  
make much difference..

Thanks for your help! :)

Johan Ström
johan at

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