hardware question

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Fri Mar 2 06:38:31 UTC 2007

jekillen wrote:
> On Mar 1, 2007, at 8:04 PM, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>> jekillen wrote:
>>> Hello;
>>> I have built a machine with ASUS M2N32 WS pro motherboard.
>>> It has dual network interface ports that are Marvell interfaces.
>>> I understand that FreeBSD does not yet support Marvell as of
>>> v6.2. I did get a reference to a source for the driver source and
>>> instructions to compile and install. But my short term solution was
>>> to get Intel nics that fit in PCIe lane one slots. As fate would have
>>> it one of the slots is situated too close to some copper vain heat
>>> dissipation attachments, so the second interface card will not
>>> fit in the slot for the obstruction.
>>> So, my question is simple:
>>> Can I use a network interface card made for a PCIe lane one slot
>>> in a PCIe lane 16 slot and expect it to work?
>>> By way of explanation: I need to interfaces because I am using
>>> this machine as a web server and I want one public ip address
>>> assigned to it and one private ip address assigned to it also.
>>> I have all but http and dns blocked from the outside. I use ssh
>>> and ftp to post content to the machine on the inside network.
>>> Thanks, not tearing my hair just yet....
>>> Jeff K
>> Maybe. Read this document: 
>> <http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/3540>.
>> -Garrett
> Thanks, in my flustered state of mind I just poked out this message and 
> then
> decided to follow advices I have gotten in the past, ask Google. I came up
> with a Wikipedia article that was positive. I also decided to look back 
> at the
> specs listed on the Tiger Direct site where I got the interface cards 
> and there
> it was, pretty plain. There is still a problem. One of the cards is 
> initializing and
> the other is not. I have not determined which one is not. But the punch 
> line
> is that the one that does show up shows up with status no carrier in 
> ifconfig.
> I looked back the the FreeBSD site, at hardware notes for v6.2 and it 
> appears
> that that card specifically, is not listed as supported. 82572 is listed 
> as supported
> by the em driver, but Intel® 82572EI or Intel® 82572GI Gigabit 
> Controller is not
> listed specifically, Well that is another $70+ not well enough spent.
> thanks for the response.
> Jeff K

There's always -current or an RMA. Weird though... I didn't think that 
the slot size was large enough though for a PCIx card slot. Interesting...

Learn something new everyday..

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