problem with 3Com 3c905C-TX Fast Etherlink XL

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Thu Nov 1 23:20:21 PDT 2007

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of eng. Anatoli
> Marinov
> Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 12:41 AM
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: problem with 3Com 3c905C-TX Fast Etherlink XL
> Hi Guys,
> I have several 3Com 3c905C-TX Fast Etherlink XL NIC's but they work
> very bad with 7.0 and 6.2.

Those cards and the xl driver are crap, hae been ever since the driver
first appeared in FreeBSD.  Occasionally someone diddles
with the driver trying to make it work better without any real success.
3com appears completely uninterested in helping.

I can buy Intel EtherExpress Pro 100 cards out of the junk bin from
the local computer recycler for $3 a card.  I'm sure if you look you
can find a similar thing, and that's what you need to do rather than
put time and effort into a card/driver combo that has never worked
very well under FreeBSD.


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