building/porting linux SIS965L driver

Jeff D. Hamann jeff.hamann at
Thu Sep 15 10:27:29 PDT 2005

I'm building (or trying to build) an amd64 FreeBSD machine to replace my 
FreeBSD 4.4 server. I purchased an ASUS Vintage-AE1 MB that uses the 
following chipsets:

Northbridge: SiS760GX
Southbridge: SiS965L

I've not been able to get the on-board NIC to light up, so I purchased 
another NIC which works alright. It's bothering me too much that the chipset 
isn't supported ( 
but many of the other ASUS MB chipsets are. This seems like a great machine 
and I suspect there are plenty more machines that will be using this 
barebones box as a starting place (of course, I'll be wrong in a year 
anyways). I've found the linux driver for the on-board NIC and since I've 
never ported a driver for FreeBSD, I'm trying to figure out how much work it 
will be to port the driver to FreeBSD-6.0? I've snooped around in the


6.0Beta4 files to simply examine the bsd code. To my novice eyes, the files 
look completely different from the linux drivers and I'm not sure I can 
takle this myself since I've never done anything like this. Can someone help 
me through this process, or is this not worth the trouble?


Jeff D. Hamann
Forest Informatics, Inc.
PO Box 1421
Corvallis, Oregon USA 97339-1421
jeff.hamann at

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