Using scanner with FreeBSD. A nightmare! = (VIA USB problem?)

Nicholas Jackson m8905186 at
Thu Jun 10 11:53:33 PDT 2004


  Does your motherboard use a VIA chip for its USB?

 From what I have heard, many VIA USB implementations from a few years 
ago were very buggy, particularly with scanners. I have an old Asus A7V 
motherboard that works fine with a USB keyboard and mouse through a KVM 
(I'm using it now) but on Windows at least, a few years ago, I was 
unable to get any of several scanners to work. It would crap out exactly 
as you are describing.

After much hand-wrangling I finally figured out that the motherboard's 
USB implementation was funky, and an el-cheapo add-in USB card quickly 
solved the problem. Evidently this problem was *quite* common on older 
hardware that used these VIA all-in-one IO chips...

You might also want to try a BIOS upgrade.

Don't blame it on FreeBSD unless you are sure that the hardware is not 
at fault. And this particular fault might be one that doesnt show up 
frequently with other applications. Scanners are pretty demanding on the 
USB bus...


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