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NAME

vx - "3Com EtherLink III / Fast EtherLink III (3c59x) Ethernet driver"

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Synopsis
Description
Hardware
Diagnostics
Caveats
See Also
History
Authors
Bugs

SYNOPSIS

To compile support for the vx driver into your kernel, place the following liness in your kernel configuration file:


.Cd "device vx"

Alternatively, to load the vx driver at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):
if_vx_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The vx driver provides support for the 3Com "Vortex" chipset.

The medium selection can be influenced by the following link flags to the ifconfig(8) command:

link0 Use the AUI port.
link1 Use the BNC port.
link2 Use the UTP port.

HARDWARE

The vx driver supports the following cards:

  • 3Com 3c590 EtherLink III PCI
  • 3Com 3c592 EtherLink III EISA
  • 3Com 3c595 Fast EtherLink III PCI in 10 Mbps mode
  • 3Com 3c597 Fast EtherLink III EISA in 10 Mbps mode

DIAGNOSTICS

"vx%d: not configured; kernel is built for only %d devices." There are not enough devices in the kernel configuration file for the number of adapters present in the system. Add devices to the configuration file, rebuild the kernel, and reboot.

All other diagnostics indicate either a hardware problem or a bug in the driver.

CAVEATS

Some early-revision 3c590 cards are defective and suffer from many receive overruns, which cause lost packets. The author has attempted to implement a test for it based on the information supplied by 3Com, but the test resulted mostly in spurious warnings.

The performance of this driver is somewhat limited by the fact that it uses only polled-mode I/O and does not make use of the bus-mastering capability of the cards.

SEE ALSO

arp(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

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