RTL8111C driver for FBSD7

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at comcen.com.au
Fri Apr 18 11:08:17 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-04-18 at 11:08 +0300, Manolis Kiagias wrote:
> 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.

Ok, I have good news and bad news.

Good news: the driver compiles under 6.2.

Bad news: it doesn't work.

I tried a new cable, dhcp, manual config- could not get it to
communicate. First sign was that it couldn't get an ip from dhcp. Then I
tried pinging dns name, then local address- NG. When I tried the cable
the NIC led didn't come back on, and the indication leds on the switch
were slowly blinking. Something is seriously wrong...

Any ideas about this guys?

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