3com wireless pccard

Ben Kaduk minimarmot at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 12:02:41 PDT 2005

On 9/15/05, Bachilo Dmitry <root at solink.ru> wrote:
> Hello
> I am having a problem with my 3com card. On my 5.4 i had to compile NDIS
> drivers using original Windows XP drivers presented on drivers disk 
> included
> in this 3Com wirless device box. And it worked fine.
> Now the system still compiles with device ndis and options NDISAPI but it
> writes cardbus0: <network, ethernet> at device 0.0 (no driver attached)
> instead of creating ndis0 device.
> By the way device ath and device ath_hal do not compile since 5.4, but 
> that's
> other story, because this driver actually does not suppord my NIC.
> Did I miss something about ndis in 6.0-CURRENT or do i do something wrong?
> Best regards, Bachilo Dmitry.
> _______________________________________________
> freebsd-current at freebsd.org mailing list
> http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current
> To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscribe at freebsd.org"

The way the ndis driver works has been changed -- the ndis option/module 
only generates infrastructure, it doesn't pull in the actual windows drivers 
anymore -- a separate utility (shell script) ndisgen is now used for this. 
Just type ndisgen at a root prompt and it should be fairly self-explanatory. 
This change allows the ndis framework to support more than one type of 
windows driver at a time -- I have a BCMWL5_SYS.ko module for my wireless 
card, but I could also have a bcm4324.ko module for my onboard card (which 
is actually natively supported) and use them both at the same time. It is my 
understanding that such dual-use was not possible before this change.
Unfortunately, the documentation of this change is not in a prominent place 
(I missed it myself).

Hope this solves your problem

Ben Kaduk

More information about the freebsd-current mailing list