getting an old NIC to work

Steve Bertrand iaccounts at
Fri Nov 4 14:41:23 GMT 2005

> I recently acquired an old HP Kayak and decided to put FreeBSD on it. 
> The installation appears to be fine, with one little problem 
> - the network card doesn't work. (I don't actually know what 
> kind of card it is, as I haven't opened the case on the machine yet.)
> The card itself is ok - I can use it just fine with a Knoppix 
> disk.  The machine is on a LAN, plugged into an old 10Mb hub.
> It appears to be recognized by the FreeBSD kernel (I tried a 
> 4.9 install and a 5.3 install, because I have the disks at 
> hand - both installs gave identical results):
> the relevant dmesg output is:
> pcn0: <AMD PCNet/PCI 10/100BaseTX> port 0xbcc0-0xbcdf mem 
> 0xfedfcc00-0xfedfcc1f irq 11 at device 19.0 on pci0
> pcn0: Ethernet address: 00:66:b0:4a:bc:1c
> miibus0: <MII bus> on pcn0
> lxtphy0: <LXT970 10/100 media interface> on miibus0 
> lxtphy0:100baseFX, 100baseFX-FDX, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 
> 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
> ifconfig:
>  	inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
>  	inet6 fe80::260:b0ff:fea4:bc1c%pcn0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
>  	ether 00:66:b0:4a:bc:1c
>  	media: Ethernet autoselect (10baseT/UTP)
>  	status: active
> the machine can ping itself at  It can't ping 
> the defaultrouter ( set in rc.conf, or anything 
> else on the local network.

Everything looks fine up to this point, so the problem you describe (not
being able to ping anything aside from itself). So, first reply back
with the defaultrouter line in rc.conf so we can ensure it's accurate.

Second (relevant to the question below, paste us the output from:

# netstat -rn

One more this a clean install? Have you built yourself a new
kernel adding any extra options? (ie IPFW)..and are you absolutely sure
that the upstream gateway is indeed (ie: can you ping it
from a different workstation?



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