RTL8111C driver for FBSD7

Al Plant noc at hdk5.net
Fri Apr 18 19:18:42 UTC 2008

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.
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I have replaced 8111c.  Use Tealtek 8169 1000.pci cards on FreeBSD 7/8 
I saw reports on this list about 8111c being a bad nic.
So I changed and the 8169 is really great.

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