kern/156266: if_re.ko driver cannot handle RL8169 card properly

Kostya Berger bergerkos at
Fri Apr 8 02:30:14 UTC 2011

>Number:         156266
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       if_re.ko driver cannot handle RL8169 card properly
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Apr 08 02:30:09 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Kostya Berger
>Release:        8.2, also tested on 8.1
FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0: Fri Feb 18 02:24:46 UTC 2011     root at  i386
ASUS P5B motherboard with "RealTek PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller".
The device is identified by if_re driver, device re0 created, but it doesn't work.
Reports "no link" when in fact there is active DHCP connection.  

There is also RT8139 PCI NIC installed, but if_rl driver works fine for this NIC.

The problem only exists in FreeBSD. Under Solaris/Linux/Windows/DragonflyBSD both devices work fine at the same time.
Perhaps use ASUS P5B motherboard and try a FreeBSD-based system; in Debian kFreeBSD the problem exists as well.
Couldn't fix this driver, used a downloaded driver called "rtl_bsd_drv_v179", which seems to be a modified version of the original, modified by RealTek according to the info in the source file.


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