3 Supported Devices

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This section describes the devices currently known to be supported by with FreeBSD on the Alpha/AXP platform. Other configurations may also work, but simply have not been tested yet. Feedback, updates, and corrections to this list are encouraged.

Where possible, the drivers applicable to each device or class of devices is listed. If the driver in question has a manual page in the FreeBSD base distribution (most should), it is referenced here. Information on specific models of supported devices, controllers, etc. can be found in the manual pages.

Note: The device lists in this document are being generated automatically from FreeBSD manual pages. This means that some devices, which are supported by multiple drivers, may appear multiple times.

3.1 Disk Controllers

IDE/ATA controllers (ata(4) driver)

The ahc(4) driver supports the following SCSI host adapter chips and SCSI controller cards:

Controllers supported by the amr(4) driver include:

Booting from these controllers is not supported due to SRM limitations.

Controllers supported by the mlx(4) driver include:

All major firmware revisions (2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x) are supported, however it is always advisable to upgrade to the most recent firmware available for the controller. Compatible Mylex controllers not listed should work, but have not been verified.

Booting from these controllers is not supported due to SRM limitations. DAC960 controllers sold by Digital/Compaq for Alpha systems as part of the StorageWorks family, e.g. KZPSC or KZPAC are bootable from SRM. Note that these cards used 2.x firmware. SRM bootability of newer firmware is unknown.

The ncr(4) driver provides support for the following NCR/Symbios SCSI controller chips:

The following add-on boards are known to be supported:

The sym(4) driver provides support for the following Symbios/LSI Logic PCI SCSI controllers:

The SCSI controllers supported by sym(4) can be either embedded on a motherboard, or on one of the following add-on boards:

Cards supported by the isp(4) driver include:

The following controllers are supported by the mpt(4) driver:

The SCSI controller chips supported by the mpt(4) driver can be found onboard on many systems including:

With all supported SCSI controllers, full support is provided for SCSI-I, SCSI-II, and SCSI-III peripherals, including hard disks, optical disks, tape drives (including DAT, 8mm Exabyte, Mammoth, and DLT), medium changers, processor target devices and CD-ROM drives. WORM devices that support CD-ROM commands are supported for read-only access by the CD-ROM drivers (such as cd(4)). WORM/CD-R/CD-RW writing support is provided by cdrecord(1), which is a part of the sysutils/cdrtools port in the Ports Collection.

The following CD-ROM type systems are supported at this time:

3.2 Ethernet Interfaces

Adapters supported by the sf(4) driver include:

The pcn(4) driver supports adapters and embedded controllers based on the AMD PCnet/FAST, PCnet/FAST+, PCnet/FAST III, PCnet/PRO and PCnet/Home Fast Ethernet chips:

Adapters supported by the rl(4) driver include:

The wb(4) driver supports Winbond W89C840F based Fast Ethernet adapters and embedded controllers including:

The vr(4) driver supports VIA Technologies Rhine I, Rhine II, and Rhine III based Fast Ethernet adapters including:

The sis(4) driver supports Silicon Integrated Systems SiS 900 and SiS 7016 based Fast Ethernet adapters and embedded controllers, as well as Fast Ethernet adapters based on the National Semiconductor DP83815 (MacPhyter) chip. Supported adapters include:

The nge(4) driver supports National Semiconductor DP83820 and DP83821 based Gigabit Ethernet adapters including:

The ste(4) driver supports Sundance Technologies ST201 based Fast Ethernet adapters and embedded controllers including:

Adapters supported by the sk(4) driver include:

The tl(4) driver supports Texas Instruments ThunderLAN based Ethernet and Fast Ethernet adapters including a large number of Compaq PCI Ethernet adapters. Also supported are:

The tl(4) driver also supports the built-in Ethernet adapters of various Compaq Prosignia servers and Compaq Deskpro desktop machines including:

The dc(4) driver provides support for the following chipsets:

The following NICs are known to work with the dc(4) driver at this time:

Adapters supported by the de(4) driver include:

Adapters supported by the fxp(4) driver include:

The xl(4) driver supports the following hardware:

Both the 3C656 family of CardBus cards and the 3C556 family of MiniPCI cards have a built-in proprietary modem. Neither the xl(4) driver nor any other driver supports this modem.

The txp(4) driver supports the following cards:

The em(4) driver supports Gigabit Ethernet adapters based on the Intel 82540, 82541ER, 82541PI, 82542, 82543, 82544, 82545, 82546, 82546EB, 82546GB and 82547 controller chips:

The gx(4) driver supports Gigabit Ethernet adapters based on the Intel 82542 and 82543 controller chips:

The hme(4) driver supports the on-board Ethernet interfaces of many Sun UltraSPARC workstation and server models. Cards supported by the hme(4) driver include:

The re(4) driver supports RealTek RTL8139C+, RTL8169, RTL8169S and RTL8110S based Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet adapters including:

3.3 Token Ring Interfaces

3.4 FDDI Interfaces

DEC DEFPA PCI (fpa(4) driver)

3.5 ATM Interfaces

3.6 Wireless Network Interfaces

3.7 Miscellaneous Networks

3.8 ISDN Interfaces

3.9 Serial Interfaces

``PC standard'' 8250, 16450, and 16550-based serial ports (sio(4) driver)

AST 4 port serial card using shared IRQ

Comtrol Rocketport card (rp(4) driver)

3.10 Sound Devices

The sound(4) driver supports the following sound cards:

The snd_maestro(4) driver supports the following PCI sound cards:

The snd_maestro3(4) driver supports the following audio devices:

The snd_sbc(4) driver supports the following sound cards:

3.11 Camera and Video Capture Devices

3.12 USB Devices

A range of USB peripherals are supported; devices known to work are listed in this section. Owing to the generic nature of most USB devices, with some exceptions any device of a given class will be supported, even if not explicitly listed here.

Note: USB Ethernet adapters can be found in the section listing Ethernet interfaces.

Note: USB Bluetooth adapters can be found in Bluetooth section.

The ohci(4) driver supports all OHCI v1.0 compliant controllers including:

The uhci(4) driver supports all UHCI v1.1 compliant controllers including:


Keyboards ( ukbd(4) driver)

Mice (ums(4) driver)

The ulpt(4) driver provides support for USB printers and parallel printer conversion cables, including the following:

The umct(4) driver supports the following adapters:

The umass(4) driver supports USB Mass Storage devices, including:

Among the supported digital cameras are:

3.13 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices

3.14 Bluetooth Devices

3.15 Cryptographic Accelerators

3.16 Miscellaneous

Floppy drives (fdc(4) driver)

VGA-compatible video cards (vga(4) driver)

Note: Information regarding specific video cards and compatibility with Xorg can be found at http://www.x.org/.

Keyboards including:

Pointing devices including:

Note: moused(8) has more information on using pointing devices with FreeBSD. Information on using pointing devices with Xorg can be found at http://www.x.org/.

``PC standard'' parallel ports (ppc(4) driver)

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