Installing BSD version 4.8

Ryan Coughlin rcoughl at
Fri Aug 1 15:48:35 PDT 2003

I am currently trying to install FreeBSD on a Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop.  The configuration was going well but when I try to configure (i.e. run pccardd) the wireless network card (SMC 2632W), the system hangs up.  At one point, the card was working but when trying to configure the XWindows interface, everything went haywire so I blew away the BSD install and reinstalled.  I have done a deinstall/reinstall several times and still the same result.  I know the card works because I installed Windows 2000 Server after experiencing this problem and everything with the card worked fine.  Do I need a package for the SMC card?  Possible IRQ conflict?  Any help or insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Results of pccardd:

    Aug 1 18:33:28 pccardd[149]: Card "SMC"("SMC2632W") [Version 01.02] [] matched "SMC" (SMC2632W") [)null)] [(null)]
    wi0 at port 0x240-0x27f irq 11 slot 0 on pccard0

    At this point the machine hangs...

Results of uname -a:

    FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE #0:  Thu Apr 3 10:53:38 GMT 2003   root at i386


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