ASUS Eee compatibility

Bill Hacker wbh at
Thu Mar 19 23:54:59 PDT 2009

Sepherosa Ziehau wrote:
On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 6:00 AM, John Leimon <jleimon at> wrote:

Has anybody tested the lasted version of dragonfly with an ASUS Eee netbook?
I would like to know if there are any hardware compatibility issues.
Old eee seemed to have msk(4), which is reported to work.

Newer eee has ale(4), which does not work reliably:
1) One user reported, it does not work properly if cable is unplugged
when/before bringing up the interface
2) From another user's report, the ale_stop() in ale_init() may cause
later ale_reset() fail, and PHY will no longer work after that.
I currently suspect the mii_phy_reset() in ale_mediachange() may be
the cause of the problem (Linux's driver seems to comment that PHY
reset must set autonegotiation bit to workaround certain PHY bug).
Well, I do not have any of these hardware though.
Best Regards,
Not entirely germane - but DragonFlyBSD 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 worked *very 
smoothly* on at least the CPU family and (predecessor?) support chips of 
the VIA-CPU based el-cheapo MB.

To wit: C3 & C7 with VIA Rhine NICs, VIA/S3 Unichrome VGA, VIA onboard 
and add-in [P|S]ATA SiI OR VIA chipsets.

Nary a whimper, 'core' functionality OR ACPI.

Dunno about sound. I use Marantz for that...

OTOH, applied to a Lenovo G400 - 3000 with Core2 Solo Intel mobile 
whatsis, ACPI had to be disabled ELSE tolerate a chronic kvetching about 
being unable to talk to the battery, temperature, etc sensors.

Not reported 'coz the sub-model Lenovo I have was replaced very early in 
its production life, and the specs alone indicate the newer one is quite 
different. No point in chasing orphans...

OTOH, a brand-new-if-'remaindered' laptop with decent screen and 
keyboard, 2 GB RAM, 120GB HDD and Intel hyperthreading that actually 
*works* as 2 processers was too good to pass up for a mere US$ 340...... 
'orphan' or not...

About US$ 40 cheaper than an EE at the time (Hong Kong market...)


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