Inspiron 1525 Hardware
koitsu at FreeBSD.org
Sat Sep 6 03:43:31 UTC 2008
On Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 02:26:33AM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 03:06:42PM +0900, Pyun YongHyeon wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 10:54:23PM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> > > On Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 02:34:55PM +0900, Pyun YongHyeon wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 01:22:32PM -0500, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
> > > > > The http://people.freebsd.org/~yongari/msk/msk.88E8040.patch patch for
> > > > > the 88E8040 simply doesn't work. It is not because of lack of testing
> > > > > (which I have performed for Pyun who wrote the patch), but apparently
> > > > > because of lack of reliable documentation. There is a driver for
> > > >
> > > > Another problem is lack of hardware. 88E8040 seems to be intialized
> > > > after applying the patch but link establishment seem to fail. :-(
> > > I can purchase and send you a Marvel 88E8040 NIC, assuming we can find a
> > > PCI or PCIe card somewhere that uses one. Otherwise, I could purchase a
> > > motherboard which uses the IC and send that to you.
> > >
> > I failed to find a standalone PCI/PCIe NIC based on 88E8040
> > controller in local store.
> I'll look around, and if I can't find anything, contact Marvell asking
> which of their clients use their 88E8040 in standalone PCI/PCIe NICs.
> If push comes to shove, I'll pick up a motherboard that has the 88E8040
> on it and ship it to you free of cost.
I cannot find a single PCI/PCIe card that uses the 88E8040. There do
not appear to be any consumer motherboards that use the 88E8040 either.
I haven't mailed Marvell yet, but I doubt they'd disclose to me a list
of their customers who purchase said chip.
The only product I can find on the market which uses this chip are a two
Dell laptops: the Inspiron 1525 and the XPS M1530. The Inspiron 1525 is
approximately US$499, and the XPS M1530 is approximately US$1000. Both
of these are quite expensive, so purchasing one solely for this project
would put a pretty large hole in my pocket.
Ironically, I just bought an Inspiron 1525 for a friend of mine's son as
a birthday gift, so I do have access to one indirectly, and can probably
borrow it for a day or two if need be. It lacks a serial port, so I'd
have to buy a USB serial adapter for serial console if remote console
All of this seems like a lot of work/hassle, when possibly someone with
one of these laptops could hook it up (wirelessly) and provide
Yong-Hyeon with remote + root access, while leaving it on/plugged in
for a few days.
Otherwise, if push comes to shove, I can ask my friend's son if I can
borrow the laptop for a weekend and provide Yong-Hyeon access to it.
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