RELENG_7 hangs on boot w/Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H MB

PYUN Yong-Hyeon pyunyh at
Mon Sep 22 01:59:38 UTC 2008

On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 09:45:10AM -0500, Bob Willcox wrote:
 > On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 07:04:56AM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
 > > On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 08:24:29AM -0500, Bob Willcox wrote:


 > > > none3 at pci0:2:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0xe0001458 chip=0x816810ec rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
 > > >     vendor     = 'Realtek Semiconductor'
 > > >     device     = 'RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC'
 > > >     class      = network
 > > >     subclass   = ethernet
 > > 
 > > Regarding the Realtek issue: I've CC'd PYUN Yong-Hyeon (surname in
 > > caps), who maintains the re(4) driver for FreeBSD.  He might have a
 > > patch available for you to try, or help determine how to get this NIC
 > > working on FreeBSD.  He'll probably need more than just pciconf -lv
 > > output, but should be able to work with you.
 > Ok, that'd be great. I must say that I'm close to simply returning this
 > MB and going with something not quite so new that is more likely to
 > work. I was hoping to get this system up and running this weekend. :(

There is one unresolved issue in re(4), some newer controllers does
not respond to PHY access so re(4) fails to attach driver. If you
can see a message like 'PHY write failed' in boot it indicates
you're suffering from the issue. I have a local patch for this but
it needs more testing as I don't have that hardware that exhibits
the issue. Did you see the message?

If you can't see 'PHY write failed' message during boot you might
have a newer controller. Please post dmesg output for the case
to add your device id to re(4).

Pyun YongHyeon

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