RTL8111C driver for FBSD7

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at otenet.gr
Fri Apr 18 08:08:10 UTC 2008

Da Rock wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-04-18 at 10:11 +0300, Manolis Kiagias wrote:
>> Da Rock wrote:
>>> Hey, hey... I made a boo boo and ordered a unit with this nic onboard
>>> (truthfully, I never thought I'd have any trouble since I had done this
>>> before). Loaded 7 and couldn't find the nic. A little investigation
>>> found that the nic was the above, and a little further found that there
>>> was no support for it in the hcl's.
>>> Now I do find it hard to believe there is no way around this- I found a
>>> driver for FBSD4.5-6, is there one for 6.2 or higher? Or will this one
>>> work? Anyone know how to install it?
>>> The driver is only a c and a h file- Makefile is an empty file, and the
>>> readme tells me to rebuild the kernel after removing rl and re in the
>>> conf. Then I build the driver, and kldload it. Any idea why I'd have to
>>> rebuild the kernel?
>>> Cheers guys
>> I've seen this driver too (I've investigated for a friend who bought a 
>> similar motherboard that otherwise works with 7). The readme describes 
>> two "methods" of installation but the first one simply does not apply 
>> (there is no modules directory in the download). I have not tried the 
>> second method (looks reasonable though). Removing the rl and re from the 
>> kernel will remove the built-in support (it could conflict with the new 
>> driver) and create a module for the new driver. Note that you are also 
>> asked to replace the files in the FreeBSD src directories.  In fact it 
>> is better to build as a module - building it into the kernel may well 
>> leave you with an unbootable kernel if it is not compatible.
>> As I said, I have not done this (my friend will be running Linux on this 
>> box) but as more and more recent mobos seem to use this NIC - and I may 
>> be buying one- if you are willing to give it a try, I will be interested 
>> in the results.
> Well I just tried it- I put this out there for some feedback mainly- the
> kernel rebuild is to remove the old rl and re drivers completely, and
> the build for the driver is for a module.
> Unfortunately the result is a failure: compatibility issues or some sort
> (argument warnings, not enough args, invalid variables and functions).
> My question is will I find something to work for 7? If not, will it work
> on 6.2 or 6.3 (it only says 6 in the readme's)?
I hope realtek releases a driver for 7. I would not want to go back to 
6.X for this.
I have a 6.3 server, and can give it a try - as far as compiling the 
module, not actually using it, I don't have the NIC.
I will post the results later today.

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