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vr - VIA Technologies VT3043 and VT86C100A ethernet device driver


device miibus device vr


The vr driver provides support for PCI ethernet adapters and embedded controllers based on the VIA Technologies VT3043 Rhine I and VT86C100A Rhine II fast ethernet controller chips. This includes the D-Link DFE530-TX, the Hawking Technologies PN102TX, the AOpen/Acer ALN-320, and various other commodity fast ethernet cards. The VIA Rhine chips use bus master DMA and have a descriptor layout designed to resemble that of the DEC 21x4x "tulip" chips. The register layout is different however and the receive filter in the Rhine chips is much simpler and is programmed through registers rather than by downloading a special setup frame through the transmit DMA engine. Transmit and receive DMA buffers must be longword aligned. The Rhine chips are meant to be interfaced with external physical layer devices via an MII bus. They support both 10 and 100Mbps speeds in either full or half duplex. The vr driver supports the following media types: autoselect Enable autoselection of the media type and options. The user can manually override the autoselected mode by adding media options to the /etc/rc.conf file. 10baseT/UTP Set 10Mbps operation. The mediaopt option can also be used to select either full-duplex or half-duplex modes. 100baseTX Set 100Mbps (fast ethernet) operation. The mediaopt option can also be used to select either full-duplex or half-duplex modes. The vr driver supports the following media options: full-duplex Force full duplex operation half-duplex Force half duplex operation. Note that the 100baseTX media type is only available if supported by the adapter. For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8). The vr driver supports polling(4).


vr%d: couldn't map memory A fatal initialization error has occurred. vr%d: couldn't map interrupt A fatal initialization error has occurred. vr%d: watchdog timeout The device has stopped responding to the network, or there is a problem with the network connection (cable). vr%d: no memory for rx list The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the receiver ring. vr%d: no memory for tx list The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the transmitter ring when allocating a pad buffer or collapsing an mbuf chain into a cluster. vr%d: chip is in D3 power state -- setting to D0 This message applies only to adapters which support power management. Some operating systems place the controller in low power mode when shutting down, and some PCI BIOSes fail to bring the chip out of this state before configuring it. The controller loses all of its PCI configuration in the D3 state, so if the BIOS does not set it back to full power mode in time, it won't be able to configure it correctly. The driver tries to detect this condition and bring the adapter back to the D0 (full power) state, but this may not be enough to return the driver to a fully operational condition. If you see this message at boot time and the driver fails to attach the device as a network interface, you will have to perform second warm boot to have the device properly configured. Note that this condition only occurs when warm booting from another operating system. If you power down your system prior to booting DragonFly, the card should be configured correctly.


arp(4), ifmedia(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), polling(4), ifconfig(8) The VIA Technologies VT86C100A data sheet, http://www.via.com.tw.


The vr device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 3.0.


The vr driver was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@ctr.columbia.edu>.


The vr driver always copies transmit mbuf chains into longword-aligned buffers prior to transmission in order to pacify the Rhine chips. If buffers are not aligned correctly, the chip will round the supplied buffer address and begin DMAing from the wrong location. This buffer copying impairs transmit performance on slower systems but can't be avoided. On faster machines (e.g. a Pentium II), the performance impact is much less noticeable. DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT November 22, 1998 DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT

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