Problem with a NIC in FBSD 6.2

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Tue Jul 3 05:32:40 UTC 2007

Norberto Meijome wrote:
> On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 17:24:47 -0500
> Tim Daneliuk <tundra at> wrote:
>> PU wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I have a bit of a problem I'm hoping someone here can help with. I built a
>>> 6.2 FBSD box and wound up with a bad NIC out of 3 and what I thought might
>>> have been a bad pci slot. I replaced the NIC with a new one, and moved the
>>> card to another slot just to make sure I took care of the problem.
>>> However, now when I boot up, my rl0 interface is recognized, but isn't
>>> 'initialized'. What I mean by that is that I see entries in dmesg, but an
>>> ifconfig does not show that interface. I can't even plumb the thing as the
>>> OS says it doesn't exist. What really throws me is that the other two NICs
>>> and a video card that were also moved are recognized with no problems at
>>> all. Problems just seem to follow the rl0 interface.
> [....]
>> b) All NICs work in some slots but fail on others.  This would hint
>>     to one of two possibilities:  A bad PCI slot or a motherboard
>>     that does strange and perverse things by hardwiring certain
>>     interrupts to certain slot positions (yes, I've seen this and
>>     it's maddening).  Remedy:  Run over the motherboard with a large
>>     tank.
> Before heading to your local military surplus shop for a second hand tank, 

Personally, I keep a tank on hand at all times to "correct" misbehaving
hardware.  It's also useful for keeping the "Oh, you work on computers,
could you fix my Windows laptop..." crowd away, particularly when the
50mm canons are aimed at their cars.  But that's just me ...

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