FBSD 7.1 BETA2 and RTL8168/8111 problem

Fernando Apesteguía fernando.apesteguia at gmail.com
Sun Nov 30 11:39:06 PST 2008

On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:09 PM, Tore Lund <tl32 at next.online.no> wrote:
> Fernando Apesteguía wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I recently installed FreeBSD 7.1 BETA2 on my system. During
>> installation using FTP option, I could notice the following:
>> After some random time (two, five or six minutes, for instance) the
>> installation stalled and sysinstall lost the connection. I was taken
>> back to the "Select FTP site" screen, and I had to configure my NIC
>> again. Then, the install resumed and I got a usable system (MINIMAL +
>> docs + manpages)
>> But the problem persists. From time to time, it seems the kernel can't
>> see the NIC. It happens during normal operation and no message is
>> shown in /var/log/messages. ifconfig doesn't show my 're0' device, so
>> I can't run dhclient on it and I have to reboot. I have to say that
>> sometimes, even when I reboot, the NIC (RTL8168/8111 PCI Express) is
>> not present.
>> This device works fine in the same computer with either Vista or
>> Fedora 9, though I have to say I had similar problems with earlier
>> versions of Fedora (device disappearing or not present after boot),
>> but after a kernel upgrade everything run smoothly.
>> Does FreeBSD use the same driver than Linux does? Anybody else with
>> this problem?
>> Thanks in advance.
> All I can say is that I have the same NIC, which is built into my Asus
> M2A-VM motherboard.  I have used it since March 2008 with no problems at
> all.  For the past three days I have been running 7.1-BETA2, also with
> no problems.  I should like to provide more detail if that can be of any
> help to you.
> --
>    Tore

Hi again,

As Pegasus remarked, I can see two "PHY write failed" in dmesg. I did
a freebsd-update a couple of days ago and I haven't seen this issue so
far. I'll watch and report it should I get this error again.


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