Updating/patching network card driver?

Tim Kellers timothyk at wallnet.com
Wed Dec 19 10:59:44 PST 2007

Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> 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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If you have the windows .inf, .sys and (maybe) .cat driver files for 
that network card, you might want to look into ndisgen(8)

I haven't used it on wired network interfaces, but it works very well on 
the NetGear and Linksys wireless cards that have no FreeBSD drivers 
under 6.2.


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