Updating/patching network card driver?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Wed Dec 19 09:53:28 PST 2007

Nomad <atxnomad at gmail.com> writes:

> I installed FreeBSD 6.2 on my computer but the network card (bge) wasn't
> detected properly.  On troubleshooting the problem I found the driver for
> this family of NICs isn't appropriate to my particular release.  I would
> prefer to stay with the RELEASE branch but found an updated
> driver.  In updating the driver, is it sufficient to replace the
> contents of  /usr/src/sys/dev/bge  with the updated version and then
> rebuild the kernel?

It might be; trying it may be the easiest way to find out.
If you're going to use unsupported upgrades, though, there isn't much
reason to stick to release codebase.

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