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Re: Asus eee 1005HAB

On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:24, Jason Garrett <> wrote:
>On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:39, Jason Garrett <> 
>> Hi all,
>> I am new to this list and a newcomer to NetBSD, although I have been using
>> FreeBSD since 4.x.
>> I recently purchased an Asus eee netbock, and of course, my desire is to
>> run a BSD and NOT linux/windows.
>> I put FreeBSD 8-STABLE on this netbook, hoping that above anything else,
>> that the wifi worked. Unfortunately the driver is sub-standard at best, with
>> 40 - 90 percent packet loss.
>> In FreeBSD the wifi card is able to use the ath(4) driver and the card is
>> an Atheros 9285. This is only supported in the latest STABLE and CURRENT
>> versions of FBSD and obviously does not work very well.
>> The gigabit ethernet uses FreeBSD's alc(4) driver and worked quite well
>> plugged into my network. The chip is listed as Atheros AR8131/AR813.
>> Earlier this evening I downloaded the NetBSD 5.0.2 i386 iso, burnt to cd,
>> and installed on the eee. Install was quick and painless however the
>> ethernet and wireless are detected but as unknown hardware.
>> I have checked the NetBSD wiki for the eee line, but it does not contain
>> any information on the 1005HAB.
>> Has anyone on this list gotten ethernet and/or wifi to work?
>> I can post a dmesg output later, but it will not be trivial since I have no
>> network on the machine.
>> Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions!
>Is there ANYONE on list that could offer some advice?

I'm not the best source of information here, but you might want to try
a newer branch than 5.0.2.  You could try the branch that's going to
become 5.1 (netbsd-5), or current (HEAD, which will become 6.0).  I can
see that ath(4) has been updated on the netbsd-5 branch (though whether
it will support your particular card I have no idea).  You can find
builds of those branches here:

A scan of man pages and the source tree suggests that alc(4) has not
been ported to NetBSD.



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