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Manual Pages  — XE

NAME

xe – Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet device driver

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following line in your kernel configuration file: device xe

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

if_xe_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The xe driver supports PCMCIA Ethernet adapters based on Xircom CE2- and CE3-class hardware. This includes devices made by Xircom along with various OEM manufacturers.

Please note that the xe driver only supports PCMCIA cards and their Ethernet functions. xe does not support the on-board modem device located on some version of the Ethernet/modem combo cards. In particular, Xircom RealPort2 cards are not supported by this driver.

The xe driver supports the following media types:
autoselect
  Enable autoselection of media type and options.
10Base2/BNC
  Select 10Mbps operation on a BNC coaxial connector.
10BaseT/UTP
  Select 10Mbps operation on a RJ-45 connector.
100BaseTX Select 100Mbps operation.

Note that 100BaseTX operation is not available on CE2-class cards, while the 10Base2/BNC mode is only available on CE2-class cards. Full-duplex operation is currently not supported. For more information on configuring network interface devices, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

The xe driver supports the following cards:

Other similar devices using the same hardware may also be supported.

DIAGNOSTICS

xe%d: Cannot allocate ioport
xe%d: Cannot allocate irq
  A fatal initialization error occurred while attempting to allocate system resources for the card.
xe%d: Unable to fix your %s combo card A fatal initialization error occurred while attempting to attach an Ethernet/modem combo card.
xe%d: watchdog timeout: resetting card The card failed to generate an interrupt acknowledging a transmitted packet. May indicate a PCMCIA configuration problem.
xe%d: no carrier The card has lost all contact with the network; this usually indicates a cable problem.

SEE ALSO

pccard(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

The xe driver first appeared in FreeBSD 3.3 .

AUTHORS

The xe device driver was written by Scott Mitchell <Mt rsm@FreeBSD.org>. This manual page was written by Scott Mitchell <Mt rsm@FreeBSD.org>, and Tom Rhodes <Mt trhodes@FreeBSD.org>.

BUGS

Supported devices will fail to attach on some machines using the NEWCARD PC Card framework.

Automatic media selection is usually unreliable.


XE (4) July 16, 2005

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