unrecognized hardware with 5.1 and Dell 1750

Jackie S. McCracken jackie.mccracken at jacktel.com
Sun Nov 16 19:04:16 PST 2003

Kent and Olaf, thank you for the suggestions!  I believe that the root of 
the problem is the ServerWorks GC LE chipset.  I forgot to mention that the 
system reports during initial startup that the Host to PCI bridge chipset 
is unrecognized which leads me to believe that it cannot see the NIC 
interface at all which is integrated into the motherboard.  This is one of 
Dell's newest servers and I'm feeling that the hardware is just newer than 
what FreeBSD supports and I need some help working out the issue.  I have a 
Dell 1650 (recently discontinued model) running just great at the moment 
and I'm checking to see what the differences in the motherboards are other 
than the 1750 is about twice as much server speed wise and will supply that 
info shortly.  Any help would be extremely appreciated, I am not a 
programmer but a test engineer by trade and I want to see FreeBSD take its 
rightful place as THE open source operating system and I'm pushing it as 
hard as I can to our customers.



> On Sunday 16 November 2003 08:17 am, Jackie S. McCracken wrote:
> > I'm trying to build a Dell 1750 with 5.1.  After the kern and mfsroot
> > floppies have loaded and the system starts to come up it reports an
> > unrecognized chip set then once I try to run the ftp utility to load a
> > minimum configuration it cannot see the NIC interface i.e. it's not 
part of
> > the choices for the download.  The system came with a driver disk for 
> > Broadcom NIC which is a 5704 gigabit interface but it only has drivers 
> > Windows, Linux, and some other OS's but nothing for FreeBSD.  According 
> > the Dell info it is a ServerWorks GC LE Chipset with 2:1 memory
> > interleaving.  How do I get the system to run?  I need to get it up and
> > running ASAP.
The driver for the bge 5704 was introduced shorty before 4.9-Prerelease.
So you have to upgrade your sources, so that basically the bge driver knows 
about the particular different pci id of the 5704 chip.
I had 4-stable on it, so I installed 4.8-R, put in a 3com 905 (which was 
lying around, any 3.3V-Card will do) and cvsup'ed to 4.9-pre.
After make world anything was fine, and i pulled the 3com.
I don't know about 5.1, if tracking releng_51 will do the job.
Or you take the relevant pieces of the bge driver from -current, merge them 
into your sources for 5.1.
I never did it, so YMMV.

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