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July 29, 2011 12:56:23 AM

I installed Linux Mint 11 OEM 64-bit on a new system last night. The only problem (and biggest atm) is that the ethernet does not connect. Below is the MOBO. Will the drivers disk contain the necessary drivers, or are those for Windows? I've also looked on the Biostar website and the all drivers are for Windows.

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
July 29, 2011 1:10:06 AM

Download the DVD version, burn to DVD at no more than 4X, and try again.
Should work. :cry: 
July 29, 2011 8:08:19 PM

That didn't work. I also tried installing Ubuntu instead. Same problem. Gonna see if I have find the drivers, or for any distro out there.
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July 30, 2011 2:15:51 AM
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Ah, sounds like the ol' Realtek onboard NIC issues (older in-kernel drivers mistakenly latch onto newer chipsets and can't drive them properly)

There are a few guides out there, but it basically comes down to blacklisting the in-kernel module, downloading (from a different machine, of course :) ) the drivers from Realtek, building them, installing them, and then dancing a small jig.

Ubuntu-specific instructions (should work fine for Linux Mint since it's Ubuntu-based)
July 30, 2011 4:25:06 AM

Best answer selected by the123guy.
July 30, 2011 4:25:57 AM

bmouring said:
Ah, sounds like the ol' Realtek onboard NIC issues (older in-kernel drivers mistakenly latch onto newer chipsets and can't drive them properly)

There are a few guides out there, but it basically comes down to blacklisting the in-kernel module, downloading (from a different machine, of course :) ) the drivers from Realtek, building them, installing them, and then dancing a small jig.

Ubuntu-specific instructions (should work fine for Linux Mint since it's Ubuntu-based)


If you were here right now I would probably kiss you. Man this solved the searching I've been doing for the past 2 days. Thank you so much!
July 30, 2011 10:23:04 AM

Just a bit of warning is that anytime you update the kernel itself (via the little update manager) you're going to have to rebuild and reinstall the driver, so it may make sense to freeze the kernel version to prevent this issue from cropping up

Quick how-to covering doing just that.

Also, dance the jig and we'll call it even ;) 
August 1, 2011 12:27:46 AM

Ok. So once the Internet was enabled I went ahead and updated the system. I guess it messed with the kernel because I went back and it wouldn't connect to the Internet anymore. I remember still being able to use the Internet after updating and rebooting. But anyways, I went back and re-installed the OS and tried doing the steps again but it won't correct the drivers.
August 1, 2011 12:57:12 AM

Were there any steps along the instructions that failed or didn't complete normally?

What driver is being reported as the owner for the interface
  1. lspci -v //and look for the listing for the Realtek device, make sure it's using r8168 and not the problematic r8169
August 1, 2011 8:55:32 PM

I reinstalled Linux Mint 11 OEM and went down the steps of the guide. Below is the text from the terminal.
(1) The first one is the steps that the guide details.
(2) The second one is running lspci -v after the reboot.

  1. oem@flores-family ~ $ sudo su
  2. [sudo] password for oem:
  3.  
  4. flores-family oem # lsmod | grep r816
  5. r8169 48022 0
  6. flores-family oem # lspci -v
  7. 00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
  8. Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
  9. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
  10. Capabilities: [c4] HyperTransport: Slave or Primary Interface
  11. Capabilities: [54] HyperTransport: UnitID Clumping
  12. Capabilities: [40] HyperTransport: Retry Mode
  13. Capabilities: [9c] HyperTransport: #1a
  14. Capabilities: [f8] HyperTransport: #1c
  15.  
  16. 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
  17. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
  18. Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
  19. I/O behind bridge: 0000d000-0000dfff
  20. Memory behind bridge: fe900000-feafffff
  21. Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000d0000000-00000000dfffffff
  22. Capabilities: [44] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping Enable+ Fixed+
  23. Capabilities: [b0] Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
  24. Kernel modules: shpchp
  25.  
  26. 00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
  27. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
  28. Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
  29. I/O behind bridge: 0000e000-0000efff
  30. Memory behind bridge: feb00000-febfffff
  31. Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000fdf00000-00000000fdffffff
  32. Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
  33. Capabilities: [58] Express Root Port (Slot+), MSI 00
  34. Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
  35. Capabilities: [b0] Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Device 9601
  36. Capabilities: [b8] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping Enable+ Fixed+
  37. Capabilities: [100] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=010 <?>
  38. Capabilities: [110] Virtual Channel
  39. Kernel driver in use: pcieport
  40. Kernel modules: shpchp
  41.  
  42. 00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode] (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
  43. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  44. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 22
  45. I/O ports at c000 [size=8]
  46. I/O ports at b000 [size=4]
  47. I/O ports at a000 [size=8]
  48. I/O ports at 9000 [size=4]
  49. I/O ports at 8000 [size=16]
  50. Memory at fe8ffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
  51. Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
  52. Capabilities: [70] SATA HBA v1.0
  53. Kernel driver in use: ahci
  54. Kernel modules: ahci
  55.  
  56. 00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  57. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  58. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  59. Memory at fe8fe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  60. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  61.  
  62. 00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  63. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  64. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  65. Memory at fe8fd000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  66. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  67.  
  68. 00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
  69. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  70. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
  71. Memory at fe8ff800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
  72. Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
  73. Capabilities: [e4] Debug port: BAR=1 offset=00e0
  74. Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
  75.  
  76. 00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  77. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  78. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  79. Memory at fe8fc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  80. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  81.  
  82. 00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  83. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  84. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  85. Memory at fe8fb000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  86. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  87.  
  88. 00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
  89. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  90. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 19
  91. Memory at fe8ff400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
  92. Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
  93. Capabilities: [e4] Debug port: BAR=1 offset=00e0
  94. Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
  95.  
  96. 00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
  97. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  98. Flags: 66MHz, medium devsel
  99. Capabilities: [b0] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping Enable- Fixed+
  100. Kernel modules: sp5100_tco, i2c-piix4
  101.  
  102. 00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
  103. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  104. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  105. I/O ports at 01f0 [size=8]
  106. I/O ports at 03f4 [size=1]
  107. I/O ports at 0170 [size=8]
  108. I/O ports at 0374 [size=1]
  109. I/O ports at ff00 [size=16]
  110. Capabilities: [70] MSI: Enable- Count=1/2 Maskable- 64bit-
  111. Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
  112. Kernel modules: pata_atiixp
  113.  
  114. 00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
  115. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 821f
  116. Flags: bus master, slow devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  117. Memory at fe8f4000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
  118. Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
  119. Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
  120. Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
  121.  
  122. 00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
  123. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  124. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
  125.  
  126. 00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
  127. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
  128. Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=64
  129.  
  130. 00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  131. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  132. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  133. Memory at fe8fa000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  134. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  135.  
  136. 00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
  137. Flags: fast devsel
  138. Capabilities: [80] HyperTransport: Host or Secondary Interface
  139.  
  140. 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
  141. Flags: fast devsel
  142.  
  143. 00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
  144. Flags: fast devsel
  145. Kernel modules: amd64_edac_mod
  146.  
  147. 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
  148. Flags: fast devsel
  149. Capabilities: [f0] Secure device <?>
  150. Kernel driver in use: k10temp
  151. Kernel modules: k10temp
  152.  
  153. 00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
  154. Flags: fast devsel
  155.  
  156. 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 [Radeon HD 4250] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
  157. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 1705
  158. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
  159. Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
  160. I/O ports at d000 [size=256]
  161. Memory at fe9f0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
  162. Memory at fea00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
  163. Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
  164. Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
  165. Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
  166. Kernel driver in use: radeon
  167. Kernel modules: radeon
  168.  
  169. 01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
  170. Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
  171. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
  172. Memory at fe9e8000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
  173. Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
  174. Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
  175. Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
  176. Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
  177.  
  178. 02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
  179. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 2309
  180. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 41
  181. I/O ports at e800 [size=256]
  182. Memory at fdffb000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
  183. Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=16K]
  184. Expansion ROM at febe0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
  185. Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
  186. Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
  187. Capabilities: [70] Express Endpoint, MSI 01
  188. Capabilities: [ac] MSI-X: Enable- Count=4 Masked-
  189. Capabilities: [cc] Vital Product Data
  190. Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
  191. Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel
  192. Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number f5-00-00-00-68-4c-e0-00
  193. Kernel driver in use: r8169
  194. Kernel modules: r8169
  195.  
  196. flores-family oem # rmmod r8169
  197. flores-family oem # mv /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/r8169.ko ~/r8169.ko.backup
  198. flores-family oem # cd /media/TRAVELDRIVE
  199. flores-family TRAVELDRIVE # ls
  200. r8168-8.024.00.tar.bz2 r8168-8.024.00.tar.bz2.copy
  201. flores-family TRAVELDRIVE # bzip2 -d r8168-8.024.00.tar.bz2
  202. flores-family TRAVELDRIVE # tar -xf r8168-8.024.00.tar
  203. tar: r8168-8.024.00/Makefile: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  204. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/Makefile: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  205. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168_asf.h: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  206. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/rtl_eeprom.c: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  207. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168.h: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  208. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168_n.c: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  209. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168_asf.c: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  210. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/rtl_eeprom.h: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  211. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/rtltool.h: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  212. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/rtltool.c: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  213. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src/Makefile_linux24x: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  214. tar: r8168-8.024.00/src: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  215. tar: r8168-8.024.00/README: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  216. tar: r8168-8.024.00/autorun.sh: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  217. tar: r8168-8.024.00: Cannot change ownership to uid 500, gid 500: Operation not permitted
  218. tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
  219. flores-family TRAVELDRIVE # cd r8168-8.024.00
  220. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # make clean modules
  221. make -C src/ clean
  222. make[1]: Entering directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  223. rm -rf *.o *.ko *~ core* .dep* .*.d .*.cmd *.mod.c *.a *.s .*.flags .tmp_versions Module.symvers Modules.symvers Module.markers *.order
  224. make[1]: Leaving directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  225. make -C src/ modules
  226. make[1]: Entering directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  227. make -C /lib/modules/2.6.38-8-generic/build SUBDIRS=/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src modules
  228. make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic'
  229. CC [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168_n.o
  230. CC [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168_asf.o
  231. CC [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/rtl_eeprom.o
  232. CC [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/rtltool.o
  233. LD [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168.o
  234. Building modules, stage 2.
  235. MODPOST 1 modules
  236. CC /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168.mod.o
  237. LD [M] /media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src/r8168.ko
  238. make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic'
  239. strip --strip-debug r8168.ko
  240. make[1]: Leaving directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  241. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # make install
  242. make -C src/ install
  243. make[1]: Entering directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  244. install -m 744 -c r8168.ko /lib/modules/2.6.38-8-generic/kernel/drivers/net/
  245. make[1]: Leaving directory `/media/TRAVELDRIVE/r8168-8.024.00/src'
  246. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # depmod -a
  247. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # insmod ./src/r8168.ko
  248. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # mv /initrd.img ~/initrd.img.backup
  249. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # mkinitramfs -o /boot/initrd.img-`uname -r` `uname -r`
  250. Warning: No support for locale: en_US.utf8
  251. flores-family r8168-8.024.00 # echo "r8168" >> /etc/modules


  1. oem@flores-family ~ $ lspci -v
  2. 00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
  3. Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
  4. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
  5. Capabilities: <access denied>
  6.  
  7. 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
  8. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
  9. Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
  10. I/O behind bridge: 0000d000-0000dfff
  11. Memory behind bridge: fe900000-feafffff
  12. Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000d0000000-00000000dfffffff
  13. Capabilities: <access denied>
  14. Kernel modules: shpchp
  15.  
  16. 00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
  17. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
  18. Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
  19. I/O behind bridge: 0000e000-0000efff
  20. Memory behind bridge: feb00000-febfffff
  21. Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000fdf00000-00000000fdffffff
  22. Capabilities: <access denied>
  23. Kernel driver in use: pcieport
  24. Kernel modules: shpchp
  25.  
  26. 00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode] (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
  27. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  28. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 22
  29. I/O ports at c000 [size=8]
  30. I/O ports at b000 [size=4]
  31. I/O ports at a000 [size=8]
  32. I/O ports at 9000 [size=4]
  33. I/O ports at 8000 [size=16]
  34. Memory at fe8ffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
  35. Capabilities: <access denied>
  36. Kernel driver in use: ahci
  37. Kernel modules: ahci
  38.  
  39. 00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  40. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  41. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  42. Memory at fe8fe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  43. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  44.  
  45. 00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  46. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  47. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  48. Memory at fe8fd000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  49. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  50.  
  51. 00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
  52. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  53. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
  54. Memory at fe8ff800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
  55. Capabilities: <access denied>
  56. Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
  57.  
  58. 00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  59. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  60. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  61. Memory at fe8fc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  62. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  63.  
  64. 00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  65. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  66. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  67. Memory at fe8fb000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  68. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  69.  
  70. 00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
  71. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  72. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 19
  73. Memory at fe8ff400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
  74. Capabilities: <access denied>
  75. Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
  76.  
  77. 00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
  78. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  79. Flags: 66MHz, medium devsel
  80. Capabilities: <access denied>
  81. Kernel modules: sp5100_tco, i2c-piix4
  82.  
  83. 00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
  84. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  85. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  86. I/O ports at 01f0 [size=8]
  87. I/O ports at 03f4 [size=1]
  88. I/O ports at 0170 [size=8]
  89. I/O ports at 0374 [size=1]
  90. I/O ports at ff00 [size=16]
  91. Capabilities: <access denied>
  92. Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
  93. Kernel modules: pata_atiixp
  94.  
  95. 00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
  96. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 821f
  97. Flags: bus master, slow devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
  98. Memory at fe8f4000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
  99. Capabilities: <access denied>
  100. Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
  101. Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
  102.  
  103. 00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
  104. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  105. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
  106.  
  107. 00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
  108. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
  109. Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=64
  110.  
  111. 00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
  112. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 3700
  113. Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
  114. Memory at fe8fa000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
  115. Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
  116.  
  117. 00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
  118. Flags: fast devsel
  119. Capabilities: <access denied>
  120.  
  121. 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
  122. Flags: fast devsel
  123.  
  124. 00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
  125. Flags: fast devsel
  126. Kernel modules: amd64_edac_mod
  127.  
  128. 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
  129. Flags: fast devsel
  130. Capabilities: <access denied>
  131. Kernel driver in use: k10temp
  132. Kernel modules: k10temp
  133.  
  134. 00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
  135. Flags: fast devsel
  136.  
  137. 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 [Radeon HD 4250] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
  138. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 1705
  139. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
  140. Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
  141. I/O ports at d000 [size=256]
  142. Memory at fe9f0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
  143. Memory at fea00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
  144. Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
  145. Capabilities: <access denied>
  146. Kernel driver in use: radeon
  147. Kernel modules: radeon
  148.  
  149. 01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
  150. Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
  151. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
  152. Memory at fe9e8000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
  153. Capabilities: <access denied>
  154. Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
  155. Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
  156.  
  157. 02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
  158. Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device 2309
  159. Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 41
  160. I/O ports at e800 [size=256]
  161. Memory at fdffb000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
  162. Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=16K]
  163. Expansion ROM at febe0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
  164. Capabilities: <access denied>
  165. Kernel driver in use: r8168
  166. Kernel modules: r8168

August 2, 2011 2:34:14 AM

Ok, it seems like the driver builds and loads properly (still a bit concerned about the issues reported by tar due to extracting onto a FAT32 filesystem on the removable storage), what does it behave like when you try to enable the ethernet connection via NetworkManager?

Is there any interesting/concerning results after trying to connect the ethernet and then issuing
  1. dmesg|grep -E "r816[89]" //let's try to catch info about _either_ modules
August 2, 2011 4:00:05 AM

This is the result:

  1. [ 1.683055] r8168 Gigabit Ethernet driver 8.024.00-NAPI loaded
  2. [ 1.683080] r8168 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
  3. [ 1.683103] r8168 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
  4. [ 1.683925] r8168 0000:02:00.0: irq 41 for MSI/MSI-X
  5. [ 1.761600] r8168: This product is covered by one or more of the following patents: US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US6,115,776, and US6,327,625.
  6. [ 1.761604] r8168 Copyright (C) 2011 Realtek NIC software team <nicfae@realtek.com>
  7. [ 23.922893] r8168: eth0: link down
  8. [ 26.982737] r8168: eth0: link up
  9. [ 27.920856] r8168: eth0: link up
August 2, 2011 12:28:10 PM

Alright, seems reasonable, what does it behave like when you try to start/enable the connection in the NetworkManager?
August 3, 2011 4:24:11 AM

It tries to connect but then it says that I was disconnected. I find it funny that it can't connect to the Internet, but yet when I'm installing it pulls the exact current time.
August 4, 2011 1:52:32 AM

Ok. I'm already pretty sick and tired of trying to fix this thing. It might even be busted lol. I'm just gonna send it back and get the MOBO I have on my current PC: the BIOSTAR TA785G3. I've had Ubuntu on it in the past, and just used Ubuntu 11.04 as Live CD, and it worked fine. The MOBO is discontinued but I saw a few on Amazon.

I just can't seem to figure out what the difference in the LAN would be for both. I ran "lspci -v" in the terminal at it was using the r8169 LAN drivers.
August 5, 2011 2:22:21 AM

Ok. So far I have seen nothing too bad with this MOBO: ASRock 880GM-LE. Stuff I've seen says it'll support Ubuntu. I'll update once I get all together.
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