> Are mobos with the nvidia nForce2 chipset supported by FreeBSD? I found
> an open PR 47311 that claims to have a patch so that the nForce2 chipset
> is "recognized"(guess whether it supports the functionality is another
> story). Am I correct in believing that this open PR implies that as of
> yet fbsd does not support mobos with this chipset, and therefore mobos
> with this chipset will not work? Is there a definitive way of determining
> whether a chipset is supported?
I have an ASUS A7N8X DeLuxe which is based on the nFORCE2. There are
different variants of the chipset though.
I tried FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE first but couldn't get that to boot. Information
on the net told me that 4.4 would boot and so I tried that and managed to
install it. Then I updated to 4.X-STABLE (approximately two weeks ago) and
compiled a new kernel, but this wouldn't boot. So there seems to be
problems with this board and FreeBSD 4.X (where X>=7). I am not a power
user so maybe it is a simple enough problem to solve, but I could not.
Then I tried FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE and that worked "right out of the box". I
upgraded to -CURRENT and now there is support for the integrated
3Com-network inteface. There was still no support for the nVIDIA-interface
when I upgraded to -CURRENT.
I know for a fact that there is support for the integrated FireWire since I
am successfully using a FireWire-attached LaCie hard disk.
I am not that proficient at reading dmesg output but it indicates support
for several USB controllers. There is also some support for AC97 audio
although I have not tried this. The nVIDIA nFORCE ATA133 controller is
supported. Nothing about SATA as far as I can see.
Posted using FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT