So i've been having a hell of a frustrating time w/ this motherboard. For some reason it just insists on being a pain. My specs are:
Latest PC-BSD 1.5 image
Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz)
ECS GF7100PVT-M3 Motherboard
2x300GB WD SATA drives, etc...etc...
So basically it just doesn't see my built in LAN at all, sees the audio (actually sounds great), usb, it even mounts my external WD HD & reads the NTFS partition perfectly, etc... The motherboard specs, according to the manufacturer website (http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Produc ... 44&LanID=9
) state that this board is using the nForce 630i chipset, w/ "Realtek 8211B Gigabit LAN PHY". Frustrating thing is i can get my wireless USB device to work in 7.0-RELEASE but it completely sharts itself w/ kernel faults & reboots. The 32\64bit version of that, Linux (32\64bit) etc... NONE see the built in LAN. Unfortunately it seems Windows is the only one w/ drivers for it. I've searched as many forums as i can and i've tried adding any and all lines possible (that i felt were applicable) to /boot/loader.conf including:
etc... Nothing helps (i verified modules were loaded w/ kldstat, they were), ifconfig -a shows absolutely no ethernet devices at all.
plip0: flags=108810<POINTTOPOINT,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST,NEEDSG IANT> mtu 1500
pflog0: flags=0<> mtu 33208
pfsync0: flags=0<> mtu 2020
syncpeer: 18.104.22.168 maxupd: 128
lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4
inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
pciconf -lv shows the following (only typing relevant ethernet entry):
none12@pci0:15:0: class=0x020000 card=0x26491019 chip=0x07dc10de rev=0xa2 hdr=0x00
vendor = 'Nvidia Corp'
class = network
subclass = ethernet
Which implies it can at least tell it's "there". dmesg shows nothing (i have to type by hand, so if it's requested i can, but i don't have time right now). I know this board was "entry level" at best, it was a good deal on a package. Unfortunately its looking like i'm almost going to be forced to upgrade to something else. If anyone has any info on this chipset that would be very greatly appreciated. I'm hoping to not have to spend the money, but i need both wireless & wired working, period.
Otherwise if someone has a recommendation for a motherboard, i'd appreciate that as well. Gotta have PCIe 2.0 16x compliant slot (don't care about SLI), support DDR2 800 (PC6400) memory, on board SATA, LAN (w/ a chipset that works) & be compatible w/ PC-BSD 1.5, any preferences welcome.
Thanks in advance for any help
PS - As a side question, since i KNOW i can get this USB wireless device working in 7.0-RELEASE, perhaps someone has gotten this to work under current PC-BSD, usbdevs -v reveals: (The device is: Compact Wireless - G USB Adapter model: WUSB54GC)
port 5 addr 4: high speed, power 300mA, config 1, Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter(0x0020), Cisco-Linksys(0x13b1), rev 0.01
Under 7.0-RELEASE it would auto-magically create the device 'rum0' which i could configure correctly even w/ wpa_supplicant, etc... Just wondering.