well i did i clean install of win 8 and when i stick in my driver disc for my mobo it says that this version of windows doesn't support xpress install. how would i go about installing the drivers if i cant use the installer on the disc
try downloading them from your motherboards website. Some times the ethernet doesn't work without the drivers, some times it does, but if yours isn't then try putting them on flash drive from another computer.
you've got driver disc with no drivers for win8 and need to go to their official website for download.
choose windows 8 drivers for 32 or 64 bit, better to update them all including chipsets, vga, lan and audio, and if you have ahci/raid configuration.