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FreeBSD HW compatibility notes

Quite a bit of recent hardware, when used with FreeBSD, has various issues (ACPI problems, unsupported peripherals, and so on) that make using this hardware less than ideal. In this page i report some notes on the compatibility of various hardware with FreeBSD.

Motherboards, laptops, eeebox

PCI cards

USB Devices

PARTLY WORKING: mp3 player ipod-like clip style This player reports two units: one umass, one cd. The cd contains a small CD image with various utilities (including lame), and FreeBSD can mount and access it correctly.

mount -t msdos /dev/da0 completes but then accessing the data fails with various errors like

	kernel: umass0: Invalid CSW: tag 570 should be 572
mtools is however able to read and write correctly on the device.
Another player that reads from USB devices also has problems accessing the device, perhaps because it does not have a proper MBR and instead the entire unit contains a filesystem image.
root: Unknown USB device: vendor 0x0603 product 0xb5d3 bus uhub1
kernel: umass0:  on uhub1
kernel: da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
kernel: da0:  Removable Direct Access SCSI-2 device 
kernel: da0: 40.000MB/s transfers
kernel: da0: 1951MB (3995648 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 248C)
kernel: cd1 at umass-sim0 bus 0 target 0 lun 1
kernel: cd1:  Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device 
kernel: cd1: 40.000MB/s transfers
kernel: cd1: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present
NOT WORKING YET: EasyCAP 4 channel capture card (2009.02.15)

This is a 4 channel analog video acquisition board

root: Unknown USB device: vendor 0x05e1 product 0x0408 bus uhub4
kernel: ugen0:  on uhub4

some reports say the stk11xx driver on linux shuold support it.