Intel SE7320VP2 board + Marvell 88E8050 nic.

Jaco van Tonder jaco at
Sun Jun 26 12:40:49 GMT 2005

Ted Mittelstaedt typed on a keyboard not too far away, on 6/26/2005 
11:29 AM:
> The 88E8050 is a PCI Express nic, the Marvel chip that Dmitry listed
> the 88E8001, is a regular PCI chip.  Here are the spec sheets on these:
> [...]

Thank you Ted. I will have a look at these now.

> The SE7320VP2 motherboard uses the E7320 chipset (Lindenhurst)  Support
> for the memory-mapped PCI Express configuration mechanism was added to
> FreeBSD 5 in December 2004 for only the Grantsdale and Lindenhurst
> chipsets.
> You can see the complete comment for this here:
> This first showed up in the FreeBSD 5.4 release.

Brilliant. I am planning on using FreeBSD 5-STABLE on this machine. ;)
Thank you for this confirmation.

> The first problem is that the sk0 driver most likely does not
> have the pci chip ID in it for the onboard Marvel 88E8050.  It might be
> possible to get this with pciconf and add it to the if_sk code in
> usr/src/sys/pci to get the driver to attach.

Hmm. I read on Bjoern A. Zeeb's pages that this card is not supported by 
the FreeBSD sk driver. Also, the method that you suggested was tried 
previously and unfortunately it does not work. :(

Here is a link to the message containing some info and links to Bjoern's 

> If your really lucky then the sk driver will be able to set it up.
> If your not as lucky then the driver might need to use the configuration
> mechanism to setup the hardware, in which case you probably can
> e-mail Scott Long for some patches.  If your really unlucky then
> the 2 chipsets are way too different and you would need to write in
> support to the sk device driver.

I am not sure if anyone is actually working on this driver. But, I will 
e-mail Scott like you suggested. Maybe he knows about a way to make it work.

I know that the other Intel NIC is supported. I saw it in the supported 
hardware list for FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE. ;) If the Marvell Card turns out 
to be really bad news, I will just slot in another one of these. :)

> Do you have 5.4 running on this motherboard at the current time?

No, I wanted to hear from somebody that FreeBSD will actually support 
this hardware before I buy it. I am really not planning on running some 
mickey mouse linux version on this. :P

Ted. Thanks a lot for your input. :)


> Ted
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of
>>jaco at
>>Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 9:10 AM
>>To: freebsd-questions at
>>Subject: Intel SE7320VP2 board + Marvell 88E8050 nic.
>>Hi all,
>>I am not quite sure if this question belongs on freebsd-questions@ or
>>freebsd-current@ , but I will try here first.
>>Does anyone know the status of the support for Marvell gigabit nic's ?
>>Escpecially the ones that is shipped with the Intel SE7320VP2
>>Server board
>>which is Marvell 88E8050.
>>I read in the archives that somebody is busy working on it, but
>>I can not
>>seem to locate any more info on this.
>>Basically I do not care if there is support for 1000Mbit, I just want to
>>use the card, even if it is in 100Mbit mode. :)
>>I want to use this on 5.4-STABLE or maybe 6-CURRENT, seeing
>>that 6-CURRENT
>>is more or less stable (well, way more than 5-CURRENT was in the early
>>days anyway :P ).
>>Does anyone perhaps know if this is possible?
>>Thank you in advance.
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