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Old 03-03-2004, 11:38 PM   #1
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Problems with detecting ethernet card

i just finished installing FreeBSD on my Dell Dimension. i have a Broadcom 440 ethernet card installed and the os is not detecting the card. i'm also connected to a router sharing a HS cable connection with DHCP enabled. this is my first time using FreeBSD and i'm not sure how to configure the eth card.
i also have an envision monitor with an Intel 82845G video card. not sure how much memory. but the monitor manual tells me that the monitor itself has a refresh rate of :
H - 30 to 72 Khz
V - 50 to 160 Hz
and supports upto 1280 x 1024 resolution (vesa)
how do i configure both of these ?
any advice would be greatly appreciated .

Old 03-03-2004, 11:50 PM   #2
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Could you paste the output of the following command?

$ dmesg
Old 03-06-2004, 02:05 AM   #3
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From what I can see, FreeBSD will support that network card. The generic kernel has
#device bfe # Broadcom BCM440x 10/100 ethernet
in it.

I suggest you go to and have a good long read about recompiling the kernel. It seems an onerous task at first but it's really not that difficult. You need to install the sys source, through sysinstall, before doing this.

To configure your monitor, you need to enter those specifcations during XFree86 configuration. You can run xf86config as root, and you will be presented with a series of questions about mice and keyboards, then you get to set the monitor specs. One of the choices when setting the refresh rate is "Enter your own horizontal sync range" - it's there that you'll enter it. ie. for horizontal it will be simply 30-172 and vertical it will be 50-160.

Hope this helps


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