new hardware

Michael Butler imb at
Fri Aug 18 03:22:40 UTC 2006

Hash: SHA1

I thought I'd investigate spend some on what seems to be becoming the
standard for new laptops. However, before I spend nonsensical amounts of
time on the items below, I'd appreciate an indication as to what
progress has been made - perhaps I can help test something rather than
re-invent the wheel?

The "pain-points" for FreeBSD users appear to be, in my own order of
priority, as follows:

1) Intel Wireless 3945ABG

I've seen the work by Damien Bergamini on an OpenBSD driver but I'm
beginning to think that the iwi driver is a better starting point.

The sticking point with the only other driver I know of (for Linux) is
Intel's choice to implement a binary module (actually a daemon) to
enforce compliance within regulatory domains. Not that this bad, just
that it imparts a level of complexity to the objective.

2) Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) HDA

I have the HDA device itself probed but the Realtek ALC861GR in my
Toshiba needs (significant?) work before I can call it functional.

3) Intel 945GM/GMS/940GML Graphics

The xorg server can be made to work at 1280x800 with a patch but AGP
support looks like it needs patches to sys/pci/agp_intel and agp_i810. I
haven't looked at DRM as yet.

Please contact me off-list if you have some constructive suggestions,

Version: GnuPG v1.4.5 (FreeBSD)


More information about the freebsd-current mailing list