FBSD 7.1 BETA2 and RTL8168/8111 problem

Tore Lund tl32 at next.online.no
Fri Nov 28 15:15:31 PST 2008

Fernando Apesteguía wrote:
> Hi all,
> I recently installed FreeBSD 7.1 BETA2 on my system. During
> installation using FTP option, I could notice the following:
> After some random time (two, five or six minutes, for instance) the
> installation stalled and sysinstall lost the connection. I was taken
> back to the "Select FTP site" screen, and I had to configure my NIC
> again. Then, the install resumed and I got a usable system (MINIMAL +
> docs + manpages)
> But the problem persists. From time to time, it seems the kernel can't
> see the NIC. It happens during normal operation and no message is
> shown in /var/log/messages. ifconfig doesn't show my 're0' device, so
> I can't run dhclient on it and I have to reboot. I have to say that
> sometimes, even when I reboot, the NIC (RTL8168/8111 PCI Express) is
> not present.
> This device works fine in the same computer with either Vista or
> Fedora 9, though I have to say I had similar problems with earlier
> versions of Fedora (device disappearing or not present after boot),
> but after a kernel upgrade everything run smoothly.
> Does FreeBSD use the same driver than Linux does? Anybody else with
> this problem?
> Thanks in advance.

All I can say is that I have the same NIC, which is built into my Asus
M2A-VM motherboard.  I have used it since March 2008 with no problems at
all.  For the past three days I have been running 7.1-BETA2, also with
no problems.  I should like to provide more detail if that can be of any
help to you.

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