I have an Epia EN15000 mainboard. Very most of the
time, I get no network connection. In fact, I've seen
FreeNAS working only once. (Which indicates that there
is no fundamental incompatibility, but something very
unstable.) Normally, it doesn't respond to a ping.
On boot, I get the following messages, which may give
a clue (to read it, I was taking pictures of the boot
process with a digicam, it scrolls away too fast):
vge0: <VIA Networking="" Gigabit=""> port 0xf800-0xf8ff mem
0xfdffe000-0xfdffe0ff irq 18 at device 14.0 on pci0
vge0: MII read timeout
vge0: failed to start MII autopoll
vge0: MII without any phy!
device_attach: vge0 attach returned 6
At the end of the boot, FreeNAS itself says:
Configuring LAN interface... done
Here it seems happy, but it doesn't work.