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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

don quixada wrote:
or should I just scrap this mobo and get another better-supported one?

Rather than replacing the entire mobo, I'd go for a pci or pci-e ethernet card. They're very cheap. But you still have options trying to get your current NIC to run, as discussed in that other thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I actually did that last night. It was $10 tp-link. I haven't installed it yet. I'll try it tonight but ultimately I'd like to get the on-board NIC to work.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I flashed the latest firmware for the board using q-flash but there is no change.

Is there an alternative to the r8169 driver? Can I try loading that one?

The thing is is that I went out and purchased another NIC to try and avoid the problem but it turns out that the non-built-in NIC uses the same Realtek driver!! Very frustrating. I just want to get this to work so I can start installing my OS and download the proper Realtek driver! I may just try buying a different network card but there has got to be an easier way!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you dissabled the mb nic in the bios ?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, so I found the officially supported driver from Realtek (r8168) according to this article. I was able to build it using the LiveDVD. I could install it and load but it didn't seem to work i.e., when I loaded the driver (modprobe or insmod) the hardware didn't seem to be detected. When I tried ifconfig or even lspci the NICs didn't show up. It's possible that I may need to do something else to get the driver to connect to the hardware but in the meantime I'm taking back the PCI NIC I bought and getting a wireless usb one. Maybe the wlan drivers are better supported. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why the driver doesn't seem to load properly?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fred0 wrote:
Have you dissabled the mb nic in the bios ?


Yes, I tried it both enabled and disabled. No change.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the hardware is dead. Do you have a Windows drive to test it? I keep an old Windows 2000 IDE hard drive for this purpose. XP drivers usually work.
Try a Knoppix DVD. Try both the r8168 and r6189 drivers. My mobo wanted the r8168 Realtek driver although it was advertised as r8169.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have Windows but I couldn't even get a usb wireless stick to work. I tried the r8168 driver too to no avail... I haven't tried Knoppix but I did try a system rescue linux that was recommended. Same problems. This is getting very frustrating!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was finally able to connect using an Intel NIC!!!!!!! It only took five days to be able to connect to the Internet. Anyway, I still want to get the onboard LAN working. I'll try some stuff now that I have access to portage and report back...

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