bge on the new Mac Mini

Richard Kuhns rjk at
Fri Nov 16 15:31:16 UTC 2012

Hi all,

Over the last month or so I've installed FreeBSD 9 (-stable) on several Mac
Minis via the memstick image; they seem to be pretty good little boxes for
things like offsite secondary nameservers, for example, and they're easily
replaced in case of problems.

However, the newest minis have slightly different hardware, and FreeBSD can't
find the built-in NIC. pciconf -lv on the new mini shows it as

none3 at pci0:1:0:0:       class=0x020000 card=0x168614e4 chip=0x168614e4 rev=0x01
    vendor     = 'Broadcom Corporation'
    class      = network
    subclass   = ethernet

The previous edition mini (that works) reports

bge0 at pci0:2:0:0:	class=0x020000 card=0x16b414e4 chip=0x16b414e4 rev=0x10 hdr=0x00
    vendor     = 'Broadcom Corporation'
    device     = 'NetXtreme BCM57765 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe'
    class      = network
    subclass   = ethernet

Is there a chance that adding the new card/chip info to the current driver would
allow it to work? I'll be happy to test and report back. I'm afraid I'm not
familiar enough with hardware at that level to figure out the patch myself.

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