FreeBSD/i386 5.2.1-RELEASE Hardware Notes

The FreeBSD Documentation Project

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Supported Processors and Motherboards
3 Supported Devices
3.1 Disk Controllers
3.2 Ethernet Interfaces
3.3 FDDI Interfaces
3.4 ATM Interfaces
3.5 Wireless Network Interfaces
3.6 Miscellaneous Networks
3.7 ISDN Interfaces
3.8 Serial Interfaces
3.9 Audio Devices
3.10 Camera and Video Capture Devices
3.11 USB Devices
3.12 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices
3.13 Bluetooth Devices
3.14 Cryptographic Accelerators
3.15 Miscellaneous

1 Introduction

This document contains the hardware compatibility notes for FreeBSD 5.2.1-RELEASE on the i386 hardware platform (also referred to as FreeBSD/i386 5.2.1-RELEASE). It lists devices known to work on this platform, as well as some notes on boot-time kernel customization that may be useful when attempting to configure support for new devices.

Note: This document includes information specific to the i386 hardware platform. Versions of the hardware compatibility notes for other architectures will differ in some details.

2 Supported Processors and Motherboards

FreeBSD/i386 runs on a wide variety of ``IBM PC compatible'' machines. Due to the wide range of hardware available for this architecture, it is impossible to exhaustively list all combinations of equipment supported by FreeBSD. Nevertheless, some general guidelines are presented here.

Almost all i386-compatible processors are supported. All Intel processors beginning with the 80386 are supported, including the 80386, 80486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, and variants thereof, such as the Xeon and Celeron processors. (However, FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE and later no longer support the 80386SX processor.) All i386-compatible AMD processors are also supported, including the Am486, Am5x86, K5, K6 (and variants), Athlon (including Athlon-MP, Athlon-XP, Athlon-4, and Athlon Thunderbird), and Duron processors. The AMD Élan SC520 embedded processor is supported. The Transmeta Crusoe is recognized and supported, as are i386-compatible processors from Cyrix and NexGen.

There is a wide variety of motherboards available for this architecture. Motherboards using the ISA, VLB, EISA, AGP, and PCI expansion busses are well-supported. There is some limited support for the MCA (``MicroChannel'') expansion bus used in the IBM PS/2 line of PCs.

Symmetric multi-processor (SMP) systems are generally supported by FreeBSD, although in some cases, BIOS or motherboard bugs may generate some problems. Perusal of the archives of the FreeBSD symmetric multiprocessing mailing list may yield some clues.

FreeBSD will take advantage of HyperThreading (HTT) support on Intel CPUs that support this feature. A kernel with the options SMP feature enabled will automatically detect the additional logical processors. The default FreeBSD scheduler treats the logical processors the same as additional physical processors; in other words, no attempt is made to optimize scheduling decisions given the shared resources between logical processors within the same CPU. Because this naive scheduling can result in suboptimal performance, under certain circumstances it may be useful to disable the logical processors with the the machdep.hlt_logical_cpus sysctl variable. It is also possible to halt any CPU in the idle loop with the machdep.hlt_cpus sysctl variable. The smp(4) manual page has more details.

FreeBSD will take advantage of Physical Address Extensions (PAE) support on CPUs that support this feature. A kernel with the PAE feature enabled will detect memory above 4 gigabytes and allow it to be used by the system. This feature places constraints on the device drivers and other features of FreeBSD which may be used; consult the pae(4) manpage for more details.

FreeBSD will generally run on i386-based laptops, albeit with varying levels of support for certain hardware features such as sound, graphics, power management, and PCCARD expansion slots. These features tend to vary in idiosyncratic ways between machines, and frequently require special-case support in FreeBSD to work around hardware bugs or other oddities. When in doubt, a search of the archives of the FreeBSD laptop computer mailing list may be useful.

Most modern laptops (as well as many desktops) use the Advanced Configuration and Power Management (ACPI) standard. FreeBSD supports ACPI via the ACPI Component Architecture reference implementation from Intel, as described in the acpi(4) manual page. The use of ACPI causes instabilities on some machines and it may be necessary to disable the ACPI driver, which is normally loaded via a kernel module. This may be accomplished by adding the following line to /boot/device.hints:


Users debugging ACPI-related problems may find it useful to disable portions of the ACPI functionality. The acpi(4) manual page has more information on how to do this via loader tunables.

ACPI depends on a Differentiated System Descriptor Table (DSDT) provided by each machine's BIOS. Some machines have bad or incomplete DSDTs, which prevents ACPI from functioning correctly. Replacement DSDTs for some machines can be found at the DSDT section of the ACPI4Linux project Web site. FreeBSD can use these DSDTs to override the DSDT provided by the BIOS; see the acpi(4) manual page for more information.

3 Supported Devices

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This section describes the devices currently known to be supported by with FreeBSD on the i386 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: Lists of specific, supported devices are gradually being removed from this document in order to reduce the amount of duplicated (and potentially out-of-date) information contained within. When this process is complete, the manual page for each driver should be consulted for the authoritative list of devices supported that particular driver.

3.1 Disk Controllers

IDE/ATA controllers ( ata(4) driver)

  • Acard ATP850 UDMA2, ATP860 UDMA4, ATP865 UDMA6

  • AMD 756 ATA66, 766 ATA100, 768 ATA100

  • Cenatek Rocket Drive

  • CMD 646, 648 ATA66, and 649 ATA100

  • Cypress 82C693

  • Cyrix 5530 ATA33

  • HighPoint HPT366 ATA66, HPT370 ATA100, HPT372 ATA133, HPT374 ATA133

  • Intel PIIX, PIIX3, PIIX4

  • Intel ICH ATA66, ICH2 ATA100, ICH3 ATA100, ICH4 ATA100

  • nVidia nForce ATA100, nForce2 ATA133

  • Promise ATA100 OEM chip (pdc20265)

  • Promise ATA133 OEM chip (pdc20269)

  • Promise Fasttrak-33, -66, -100, -100 TX2/TX4, -133 TX2/TX2000

  • Promise SATA150 TX2/TX4 Serial ATA/150

  • Promise Ultra-33, -66, -100, -133 TX2/TX2000/TX4000

  • ServerWorks ROSB4 ATA33

  • ServerWorks CSB5 and CSB6 ATA66/ATA100

  • Sil 0680 UDMA6

  • SiS 530, 540, 550, 620

  • SiS 630, 630S, 633, 635, 640, 645, 645DX, 648, 650, 651, 652, 655, 658, 730, 733, 735, 740, 745, 746, 748, 750, 751, 752, 755

  • SiS 5591 ATA100

  • VIA 82C586 ATA33, 82C596 ATA66, 82C686a ATA66, 82C686b ATA100

  • VIA 8233, 8235 ATA133

Adaptec AIC-6260 and AIC-6360 based boards ( aic(4) driver)

Adaptec AHA-154X ISA and AHA-1640 MCA SCSI controllers and compatibles ( aha(4) driver)

Adaptec AHA_174x series EISA SCSI controller in enhanced mode ( ahb(4) driver)

Adaptec AIC-7770, AIC-7850, AIC-7860, AIC-7870, AIC-7880, and AIC789x based SCSI host adapters ( ahc(4) driver)

Ultra-320 SCSI controllers based on the Adaptec AIC7901, AIC7901A, and AIC7902 Ultra320 controller chips ( ahd(4) driver)

Adaptec FSA family RAID controllers ( aac(4) driver)

AdvanSys SCSI controllers (all models, adv(4) and adw(4) drivers)

BusLogic MultiMaster ``W'', ``C'', ``S'', and ``A'' Series Host Adapters ( bt(4) driver)

Note: The Buslogic/Bustek BT-640 and Storage Dimensions SDC3211B and SDC3211F Microchannel (MCA) bus adapters are also supported.

DPT SmartCACHE Plus, SmartCACHE III, SmartRAID III, SmartCACHE IV and SmartRAID IV SCSI/RAID controllers ( dpt(4) driver)

Adaptec 21x0S/32x0S/34x0S SCSI RAID controllers ( asr(4) driver)

Adaptec 2000S/2005S Zero-Channel RAID controllers ( asr(4) driver)

Adaptec 2400A ATA-100 RAID controller ( asr(4) driver)

DPT SmartRAID V and VI SCSI RAID controllers ( asr(4) driver)

AMI MegaRAID Express and Enterprise family RAID controllers ( amr(4) driver)

Note: Booting from these controllers is supported. EISA adapters are not supported.

Mylex DAC-family RAID controllers with 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x firmware ( mlx(4) driver)

Note: Booting from these controllers is supported. EISA adapters are not supported.

Mylex AcceleRAID/eXtremeRAID family PCI to SCSI RAID controllers with 6.x firmware ( mly(4) driver)

3ware Escalade ATA RAID controllers ( twe(4) driver)

LSI/Symbios (formerly NCR) 53C8XX and 53C10XX PCI SCSI controllers, either embedded on motherboard or on add-on boards ( ncr(4) and sym(4) drivers)

NCR 53C500 based PC-Card SCSI host adapters ( ncv(4) driver)

TMC 18C30, 18C50 and 36C70 (AIC-6820) based ISA/PC-Card SCSI host adapters ( stg(4) driver)

Qlogic controllers and variants ( isp(4) driver)

DTC 3290 EISA SCSI controller in 1542 emulation mode.

Tekram DC390 and DC390T controllers, maybe other cards based on the AMD 53c974 as well ( amd(4) driver)

Workbit Ninja SCSI-3 based PC-Card SCSI host adapters ( nsp(4) driver)

Adaptec AIC-7110 Parallel to SCSI interfaces ( vpo(4) driver)

Compaq Intelligent Drive Array Controllers ( ida(4) driver)

SCSI adapters utilizing the Command Interface for SCSI-3 Support ( ciss(4) driver)

Intel Integrated RAID Controllers ( iir(4) driver)

Promise SuperTrak ATA RAID controllers ( pst(4) driver)

IBM / Adaptec ServeRAID series ( ips(4) driver)

LSI Logic Fusion/MP architecture Fiber Channel controllers ( mpt(4) driver)

PCI SCSI host adapters using the Tekram TRM-S1040 SCSI chipset ( trm(4) driver)

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:

  • SCSI interface (also includes ProAudio Spectrum and SoundBlaster SCSI) ( cd(4))

  • Matsushita CR-562, CR-563, and compatibles ( matcd(4) driver)

  • Sony proprietary interface (all models) ( scd(4))

  • ATAPI IDE interface ( acd(4))

The following drivers were supported under the old SCSI subsystem, but are not yet supported under the cam(4) SCSI subsystem:

  • NCR5380/NCR53400 (``ProAudio Spectrum'') SCSI controller

  • UltraStor 14F, 24F and 34F SCSI controllers.

    Note: There is work-in-progress to port the UltraStor driver to the new CAM SCSI framework, but no estimates on when or if it will be completed.

  • Seagate ST01/02 SCSI controllers

  • Future Domain 8xx/950 series SCSI controllers

  • WD7000 SCSI controller

The following device is unmaintained:

  • Mitsumi proprietary CD-ROM interface (all models) ( mcd(4))

3.2 Ethernet Interfaces

Adaptec Duralink PCI Fast Ethernet adapters based on the Adaptec AIC-6915 Fast Ethernet controller chip ( sf(4) driver)

Alteon Networks PCI Gigabit Ethernet NICs based on the Tigon 1 and Tigon 2 chipsets ( ti(4) driver)

AMD PCnet NICs ( lnc(4) and pcn(4) drivers)

  • AMD PCnet/PCI (79c970 & 53c974 or 79c974)

  • AMD PCnet/FAST

  • Isolan AT 4141-0 (16 bit)

  • Isolink 4110 (8 bit)

  • PCnet/FAST+

  • PCnet/FAST III

  • PCnet/PRO

  • PCnet/Home

  • HomePNA

SMC 83c17x (EPIC)-based Ethernet NICs ( tx(4) driver)

National Semiconductor DS8390-based Ethernet NICs, including Novell NE2000 and clones ( ed(4) driver)

  • 3C503 Etherlink II ( ed(4) driver)

  • DEC Etherworks DE305

  • Hewlett-Packard PC Lan+ 27247B and 27252A

  • NetVin 5000

  • Novell NE1000, NE2000, and NE2100

  • RealTek 8029

  • SMC Elite 16 WD8013 Ethernet interface

  • SMC Elite Ultra

  • SMC WD8003E, WD8003EBT, WD8003W, WD8013W, WD8003S, WD8003SBT and WD8013EBT and clones

  • Surecom NE-34

  • VIA VT86C926

  • Winbond W89C940

NE2000 compatible PC-Card (PCMCIA) Ethernet and FastEthernet cards ( ed(4) driver)

  • AR-P500 Ethernet

  • Accton EN2212/EN2216/UE2216

  • Allied Telesis CentreCOM LA100-PCM_V2

  • AmbiCom 10BaseT card

  • BayNetworks NETGEAR FA410TXC Fast Ethernet

  • CNet BC40 adapter


  • Compex Net-A adapter

  • CyQ've ELA-010

  • D-Link DE-650/660

  • Danpex EN-6200P2

  • Elecom Laneed LD-CDL/TX, LD-CDF, LD-CDS, LD-10/100CD, LD-CDWA (DP83902A), MACNICA Ethernet ME1 for JEIDA


  • IBM Creditcard Ethernet I/II

  • IC-CARD Ethernet/IC-CARD+ Ethernet

  • Kingston KNE-PC2, KNE-PCM/x Ethernet

  • Linksys EC2T/PCMPC100/PCM100, PCMLM56, EtherFast 10/100 PC Card, Combo PCMCIA Ethernet Card (PCMPC100 V2)


  • NDC Ethernet Instant-Link

  • National Semiconductor InfoMover NE4100

  • NetGear FA-410TX

  • Network Everywhere Ethernet 10BaseT PC Card

  • Planex FNW-3600-T

  • Socket LP-E

  • Surecom EtherPerfect EP-427

  • TDK LAK-CD031,Grey Cell GCS2000 Ethernet Card

  • Telecom Device SuperSocket RE450T

RealTek RTL 8002 Pocket Ethernet ( rdp(4) driver)

RealTek 8129/8139 Fast Ethernet NICs ( rl(4) driver)

Winbond W89C840F Fast Ethernet NICs ( wb(4) driver)

VIA Technologies VT3043 ``Rhine I'', VT86C100A ``Rhine II'', and VT6105/VT6105M ``Rhine III'' Fast Ethernet NICs ( vr(4) driver)

Silicon Integrated Systems SiS 900 and SiS 7016 PCI Fast Ethernet NICs ( sis(4) driver)

National Semiconductor DP83815 Fast Ethernet NICs ( sis(4) driver)

National Semiconductor DP83820 and DP83821 Gigabit Ethernet NICs ( nge(4) driver)

Sundance Technologies ST201 PCI Fast Ethernet NICs ( ste(4) driver)

SysKonnect SK-984x PCI Gigabit Ethernet cards ( sk(4) driver)

Texas Instruments ThunderLAN PCI NICs ( tl(4) driver)

DEC/Intel 21143 Fast Ethernet NICs and clones for PCI, MiniPCI, and CardBus ( dc(4) driver)

ADMtek Inc. AN986-based USB Ethernet NICs ( aue(4) driver)

CATC USB-EL1210A-based USB Ethernet NICs ( cue(4) driver)

Kawasaki LSI KU5KUSB101B-based USB Ethernet NICs ( kue(4) driver)

ASIX Electronics AX88172-based USB Ethernet NICs ( axe(4) driver)

RealTek RTL8150-based USB Ethernet NICs ( rue(4) driver)

DEC EtherWORKS II and III NICs ( le(4) driver)

DEC DC21040, DC21041, DC21140, DC21141, DC21142, and DC21143 based NICs ( de(4) driver)

Fujitsu MB86960A/MB86965A based Fast Ethernet NICs ( fe(4) driver)

Intel 82557-, 82258-, 82559-, 82550- or 82562-based Fast Ethernet NICs ( fxp(4) driver)

  • Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B PCI Fast Ethernet

  • Intel InBusiness 10/100 PCI Network Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100+ Management Adapter

  • Intel Pro/100 VE Desktop Adapter

  • Intel Pro/100 M Desktop Adapter

  • Intel Pro/100 S Desktop, Server and Dual-Port Server Adapters

  • On-board Ethernet NICs on many Intel motherboards.

Intel 82595-based Ethernet NICs ( ex(4) driver)

Intel 82586-based Ethernet NICs ( ie(4) driver)

3Com 3C5x9 Etherlink III NICs ( ep(4) driver)

3Com 3C501 8-bit ISA Ethernet NIC ( el(4) driver)

3Com Etherlink XL-based NICs ( xl(4) driver)

3Com 3C59X series NICs ( vx(4) driver)

Crystal Semiconductor CS89x0-based NICs ( cs(4) driver)

Megahertz X-Jack Ethernet PC-Card CC-10BT ( sn(4) driver)

Xircom CreditCard adapters (16 bit) and workalikes ( xe(4) driver)

Gigabit Ethernet cards based on the Level 1 LXT1001 NetCellerator controller ( lge(4) driver)

Ethernet and Fast Ethernet NICs based on the 3Com 3XP Typhoon/Sidewinder (3CR990) chipset ( txp(4) driver)

Gigabit Ethernet NICs based on the Broadcom BCM570x ( bge(4) driver)

Gigabit Ethernet NICs based on the Intel 82542 and 82543 controller chips ( gx(4) and em(4) drivers), plus NICs supported by the Intel 82540EM, 82544, 82545EM, and 82546EB controller chips ( em(4) driver only)

Myson Ethernet NICs ( my(4) driver)

Broadcom BCM4401 based Fast Ethernet adapters ( bfe(4) driver)

RealTek RTL8139C+, RTL8169, RTL8169S and RTL8110S based PCI Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet controllers ( re(4) driver)

3.3 FDDI Interfaces

DEC DEFPA PCI ( fpa(4) driver)

DEC DEFEA EISA ( fpa(4) driver)

3.4 ATM Interfaces

Efficient Networks, Inc. ENI-155p ATM PCI Adapters (hea driver)

FORE Systems, Inc. PCA-200E ATM PCI Adapters (hfa and fatm(4) drivers)

IDT NICStAR 77201/211-based ATM Adapters ( idt(4) driver)

FORE Systems, Inc. HE155 and HE622 ATM interfaces ( hatm(4) driver)

IDT77252-based ATM cards ( patm(4) driver)

3.5 Wireless Network Interfaces

NCR / AT&T / Lucent Technologies WaveLan T1-speed ISA/radio LAN cards ( wl(4) driver)

Lucent Technologies WaveLAN/IEEE 802.11b wireless network adapters and workalikes using the Lucent Hermes, Intersil PRISM-II, Intersil PRISM-2.5, Intersil Prism-3, and Symbol Spectrum24 chipsets ( wi(4) driver)

Cisco/Aironet 802.11b wireless adapters ( an(4) driver)

Raytheon Raylink 2.4GHz wireless adapters ( ray(4) driver)

AMD Am79C930 and Harris (Intersil) based 802.11b cards ( awi(4) driver)

Atheros AR5210, AR5211, and AR5212-based 802.11a/b/g network interfaces ( ath(4) driver)

3.6 Miscellaneous Networks

Cronyx-Sigma synchronous / asynchronous serial adapters ( cx(4) driver)

Granch SBNI12 point-to-point communications adapters ( sbni(4) driver)

Granch SBNI16 SHDSL modems ( sbsh(4) driver)

SMC COM90cx6 ARCNET network adapters (cm driver)

  • SMC 90c26, 90c56, and 90c66 in 90c56 compatability mode

LAN Media Corp WAN adapters based on the DEC ``Tulip'' Fast Ethernet controller ( lmc(4) driver)

3.7 ISDN Interfaces

AcerISDN P10 ISA PnP (experimental)

Asuscom ISDNlink 128K ISA

ASUSCOM P-IN100-ST-D (and other Winbond W6692-based cards)


  • A1

  • B1 ISA (tested with V2.0)

  • B1 PCI (tested with V4.0)

  • Fritz!Card classic

  • Fritz!Card PnP

  • Fritz!Card PCI

  • Fritz!Card PCI, Version 2

  • T1


  • ISDN-S0

  • ISDN-S0 P&P

Compaq Microcom 610 ISDN (Compaq series PSB2222I) ISA PnP

Dr. Neuhaus Niccy Go@ and compatibles

Dynalink IS64PPH and IS64PPH+

Eicon Diehl DIVA 2.0 and 2.02


  • ELSA PCC-16

  • QuickStep 1000pro ISA

  • MicroLink ISDN/PCI

  • QuickStep 1000pro PCI

ITK ix1 Micro ( < V.3, non-PnP version )

Sedlbauer Win Speed

Siemens I-Surf 2.0

TELEINT ISDN SPEED No.1 (experimental)


  • S0/8

  • S0/16

  • S0/16.3

  • S0/16.3 PnP

  • 16.3c ISA PnP (experimental)

  • Teles PCI-TJ

Traverse Technologies NETjet-S PCI

USRobotics Sportster ISDN TA intern

Winbond W6692 based PCI cards

3.8 Serial Interfaces

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

AST 4 port serial card using shared IRQ

ARNET serial cards ( ar(4) driver)

  • ARNET 8 port serial card using shared IRQ

  • ARNET (now Digiboard) Sync 570/i high-speed serial

Boca multi-port serial cards

  • Boca BB1004 4-Port serial card (Modems not supported)

  • Boca IOAT66 6-Port serial card (Modems supported)

  • Boca BB1008 8-Port serial card (Modems not supported)

  • Boca BB2016 16-Port serial card (Modems supported)

Comtrol Rocketport card ( rp(4) driver)

Cyclades Cyclom-Y serial board ( cy(4) driver)

STB 4 port card using shared IRQ

DigiBoard intelligent serial cards ( dgb(4) driver)

PCI-Based multi-port serial boards ( puc(4) driver)

  • Actiontech 56K PCI

  • Avlab Technology, PCI IO 2S and PCI IO 4S

  • Comtrol RocketPort 550

  • Decision Computers PCCOM 4-port serial and dual port RS232/422/485

  • Dolphin Peripherals 4025/4035/4036

  • IC Book Labs Dreadnought 16x Lite and Pro

  • Lava Computers 2SP-PCI/DSerial-PCI/Quattro-PCI/Octopus-550

  • Middle Digital, Weasle serial port

  • Moxa Industio CP-114, Smartio C104H-PCI and C168H/PCI

  • NEC PK-UG-X001 and PK-UG-X008

  • Netmos NM9835 PCI-2S-550

  • Oxford Semiconductor OX16PCI954 PCI UART

  • Syba Tech SD-LAB PCI-4S2P-550-ECP

  • SIIG Cyber I/O PCI 16C550/16C650/16C850

  • SIIG Cyber 2P1S PCI 16C550/16C650/16C850

  • SIIG Cyber 2S1P PCI 16C550/16C650/16C850

  • SIIG Cyber 4S PCI 16C550/16C650/16C850

  • SIIG Cyber Serial (Single and Dual) PCI 16C550/16C650/16C850

  • Syba Tech Ltd. PCI-4S2P-550-ECP

  • Titan PCI-200H and PCI-800H

  • US Robotics (3Com) 3CP5609 modem

  • VScom PCI-400 and PCI-800

SDL Communication serial boards

  • SDL Communications Riscom/8 Serial Board (rc driver)

  • SDL Communications RISCom/N2 and N2pci high-speed sync serial boards ( sr(4) driver)

Stallion Technologies multiport serial boards ( stl(4) and stli(4) drivers)

Specialix SI/XIO/SX multiport serial cards, with both the older SIHOST2.x and the new ``enhanced'' (transputer based, aka JET) host cards (ISA, EISA and PCI are supported) ( si(4) driver)

3.9 Audio Devices

Advance ( sbc(4) driver)

  • Asound 100 and 110

  • Logic ALS120 and ALS4000

CMedia sound chips

  • CMI8338/CMI8738

Crystal Semiconductor ( csa(4) driver)

  • CS461x/462x Audio Accelerator

  • CS428x Audio Controller

ENSONIQ ( pcm(4) driver)

  • AudioPCI ES1370/1371


  • ES1868, ES1869, ES1879 and ES1888 ( sbc(4) driver)

  • Maestro-1, Maestro-2, and Maestro-2E

  • Maestro-3/Allegro

    Note: The Maestro-3/Allegro cannot be compiled into the FreeBSD kernel due to licensing restrictions. To use this driver, add the following line to /boot/loader.conf:


ForteMedia fm801

Gravis ( gusc(4) driver)

  • UltraSound MAX

  • UltraSound PnP

Intel 443MX, 810, 815, and 815E integrated sound devices ( pcm(4) driver)

MSS/WSS Compatible DSPs ( pcm(4) driver)

NeoMagic 256AV/ZX ( pcm(4) driver)

OPTi 931/82C931 ( pcm(4) driver)

S3 Sonicvibes

Creative Technologies SoundBlaster series ( sbc(4) driver)

  • SoundBlaster

  • SoundBlaster Pro

  • SoundBlaster AWE-32

  • SoundBlaster AWE-64

  • SoundBlaster AWE-64 GOLD

  • SoundBlaster ViBRA-16

Creative Technologies Sound Blaster Live! series (emu10k1 driver)

Trident 4DWave DX/NX ( pcm(4) driver)

VIA Technologies VT82C686A


  • DS1

  • DS1e

3.10 Camera and Video Capture Devices

Brooktree Bt848/849/878/879-based frame grabbers ( bktr(4) driver)

Connectix QuickCam

Cortex1 frame grabber (ctx driver)

Creative Labs Video Spigot frame grabber (spigot driver)

Matrox Meteor Video frame grabber ( meteor(4) driver)

3.11 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.

OHCI 1.0-compliant host controllers ( ohci(4) driver)

UHCI 1.1-compliant host controllers ( uhci(4) driver)

USB 2.0 controllers using the EHCI interface ( ehci(4) driver)


Keyboards ( ukbd(4) driver)


  • Assist Computer Systems PC Camera C-M1

  • ActiveWire I/O Board

  • Creative Technology Video Blaster WebCam Plus

  • Diamond Rio 500, 600, and 800 MP3 players ( urio(4) driver)

  • D-Link DSB-R100 USB Radio ( ufm(4) driver)

  • Mirunet AlphaCam Plus

Modems ( umodem(4) driver)

  • 3Com 5605

  • Metricom Ricochet GS USB wireless modem

  • Yamaha Broadband Wireless Router RTW65b

Mice ( ums(4) driver)

Printers and parallel printer conversion cables ( ulpt(4) driver)

  • ATen parallel printer adapter

  • Belkin F5U002 parallel printer adapter

  • Canon BJ F850, S600

  • Canon LBP-1310, 350

  • Entrega USB-to-parallel printer adapter

  • Hewlett-Packard HP Deskjet 3420 (P/N: C8947A #ABJ)

  • Oki Data MICROLINE ML660PS

  • Seiko Epson PM-900C, 880C, 820C, 730C

Serial devices ( ubsa(4), uftdi(4) and uplcom(4) drivers)

Scanners (through SANE) ( uscanner(4) driver)

Storage ( umass(4) driver)

  • ADTEC Stick Drive AD-UST32M, 64M, 128M, 256M

  • Denno FireWire/USB2 Removable 2.5-inch HDD Case MIFU-25CB20

  • FujiFilm Zip USB Drive ZDR100 USB A

  • GREEN HOUSE USB Flash Memory ``PicoDrive'' GH-UFD32M, 64M, 128M

  • IBM 32MB USB Memory Key (P/N 22P5296)

  • IBM ThinkPad USB Portable CD-ROM Drive (P/N 33L5151)

  • I-O DATA USB x6 CD-RW Drive CDRW-i64/USB (CDROM only)


  • Iomega USB Zip 100Mb (primitive support still)

  • Iomega Zip750 USB2.0 Drive

  • Keian USB1.1/2.0 3.5-inch HDD Case KU350A

  • Kurouto Shikou USB 2.5-inch HDD Case GAWAP2.5PS-USB2.0

  • Logitec USB1.1/2.0 HDD Unit SHD-E60U2

  • Logitec Mobile USB Memory LMC-256UD

  • Logitec USB Double-Speed Floppy Drive LFD-31U2

  • Logitec USB/IEEE1394 DVD-RAM/R/RW Unit LDR-N21FU2 (CDROM only)

  • Matshita CF-VFDU03 floppy drive

  • MELCO USB2.0 MO Drive MO-CH640U2

  • I-O DATA USB/IEEE1394 Portable HD Drive HDP-i30P/CI, HDP-i40P/CI

  • MELCO USB Flash Disk ``PetitDrive'', RUF-32M, -64M, -128M, -256M

  • MELCO USB2.0 Flash Disk ``PetitDrive2'', RUF-256M/U2, -512M/U2

  • MELCO USB Flash Disk ``ClipDrive'', RUF-C32M, -C64M, -C128M, -C256M, -C512M

  • Microtech USB-SCSI-HD 50 USB to SCSI cable

  • NOVAC USB2.0 2.5/3.5-inch HDD Case NV-HD351U

  • Panasonic floppy drive

  • Panasonic USB2.0 Portable CD-RW Drive KXL-RW40AN (CDROM only)

  • RATOC Systems USB2.0 Removable HDD Case U2-MDK1, U2-MDK1B

  • Sony Portable CD-R/RW Drive CRX10U (CDROM only)

  • TEAC Portable USB CD-ROM Unit CD-110PU/210PU

  • Y-E Data floppy drive (720/1.44/2.88Mb)

Audio Devices ( uaudio(4) driver)

Handspring Visor and other PalmOS devices ( uvisor(4) driver)

  • Handspring Visor

  • Palm M125, M500, M505

  • Sony Clie 4.0 and 4.1

3.12 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices

Host Controllers ( fwohci(4) driver)

Serial Bus Protocol 2 (SBP-2) storage devices ( sbp(4) driver)

3.13 Bluetooth Devices

PCCARD Host Controllers ( ng_bt3c(4) driver)

  • 3Com/HP 3CRWB6096-A PCCARD adapter

USB Host Controllers ( ng_ubt(4) driver)

  • 3Com 3CREB96

  • EPoX BT-DG02

  • Mitsumi USB Bluetooth adapter

  • MSI MS-6967

  • TDK Bluetooth USB adapter

3.14 Cryptographic Accelerators

Accelerators based on the Hifn 7751, 7811, or 7951 chipsets ( hifn(4) driver)

Accelerators based on the SafeNet 1141 or 1741 cryptographic accelerator chipsets ( safe(4) driver)

Accelerators based on the Bluesteel 5501 or 5601 chipsets ( ubsec(4) driver)

Accelerators based on the Broadcom BCM5801, BCM5802, BCM5805, BCM5820, BCM 5821, BCM5822 chipsets ( ubsec(4) driver)

3.15 Miscellaneous



  • Nokia Card Phone 2.0 (gsm900/dcs1800 HSCSD terminal)

Floppy drives ( fdc(4) driver)

Genius and Mustek hand scanners

GPB and Transputer drivers

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

Note: Information regarding specific video cards and compatibility with XFree86 can be found at

Keyboards including:

Loran-C receiver (Dave Mills experimental hardware, loran driver).

Pointing devices including:

  • Bus mice and compatible devices ( mse(4) driver)

  • PS/2 mice and compatible devices, including many laptop pointing devices ( psm(4) driver)

  • Serial mice and compatible devices

  • USB mice ( ums(4) driver)

Note: moused(8) has more information on using pointing devices with FreeBSD. Information on using pointing devices with XFree86 can be found at

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

PC-compatible joysticks ( joy(4) driver)

PHS Data Communication Card/PCCARD

  • NTT DoCoMo P-in Comp@ct

  • Panasonic KX-PH405

  • SII MC-P200

Xilinx XC6200-based reconfigurable hardware cards compatible with the HOT1 from Virtual Computers (xrpu driver).

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