Nvidia 6100 MCP RAID or GEOM

Manolis Kiagias sonic2000gr at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 07:01:06 UTC 2008

Iv. Karabojkov wrote:
> Hi!
> I am asking for recommendation. I'd like to use two SATA disks as 
> RAID1 - mirror. My MB uses NVidia MCP6100 with hardware RAID.
> Is it better to use this RAID or to build a new one using GEOM?
> If I accidentally replace the MB will it be easy to reconfigure GEOM 
> (for hardware RAID I know it is not if the chipset / SATA BIOS is not 
> the same).

Usually this "hardware" RAID, is nothing more than software in a cheap 
circuit. The price of these mobos does not justify a real hardware RAID. 
I would go with GEOM.

> And one more: Is network chip Realtek RTL8201 supported on FreeBSD? I 
> didn't find it in rl or re drivers, some article says it is supported 
> by nve or nfe ?!?
> Thanks in advance,
> Ivo

I believe you have an Nvidia card with a realtek phy.  This works with 
the nfe driver (the following is from a MCP6100 mobo I am using as a 
server at a client):

nfe0: <NVIDIA nForce MCP61 Networking Adapter> port 0xe480-0xe487 mem 
0xdfff9000-0xdfff9fff irq 23 at device 7.0 on pci0
miibus0: <MII bus> on nfe0
rlphy0: <RTL8201L 10/100 media interface> on miibus0
rlphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto

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