Msk0, 1, 2 and 3 no phy, Panics on startup



  • My mainboard has 4 Marvell 88E8056 ethernets which always makes a struggle when trying to run freebsd.

    On both Pfsense 1.2.3 and 2.0 amd64 it keeps hanging on boot with similar messages.

    How do i solve this?

    Is the drivers the issue? Theres drivers for linux on marvells homepage,  Is there anyway to run the linux drivers?

    Currently im running
    2.0-BETA4 (amd64)
    built on Sun Sep 19 21:28:54 UTC 2010  
    or pfSense-2.0-BETA4-20100919-2128

    The only way to boot the gateway is to disable the Marvell(msk0-3) network cards, and run with the three other ethernets ( its not always msk2 that fails)

    Heres a photo of the error, panics when booting.

    Thanks David24.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Are there any BIOS options related to the cards besides turning them on/off that you could try tweaking?



  • Theres one but i think its for the Drives, but its listed besides the network under "onboard chipsets" etc.

    Marvell IDE Enchance afaik it affects the p-ata interfaces not the network. But it do affect then ethernets somehow i think…. or its just my imagination. When its enabled, it ALWAYS panics without cables connected. Also, it dosn't disable any of the 10 sata drives, or the ide slot.

    When i push it to disable the gateway boots if msk0 have an attached cable.
    With no cables connected, same with enable/disable. So booting works with IDE disabled, and 1 cable connected but not with any use on them. Also connecting MSK0 to MSK1 is making the same as no cable... i assume they dont notice, or hate each other. But i havent been pushing any load on it, cause im abit afraid it will panic and dont want to boot, and im waiting for any ideas...

    I really do not think its the hardware i've pushed alot of traffic trought it on win2k8 and win7.

    Also, i've checked the asus page for bios updates as some of these network cards has been delivered with broken firmware, theres some like always for "enchanced memory support", "new stepping" etc but nothing that i can see concerns this.   **Got anyting for me to try, i'll do it!  **


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