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I just bought an ASUS P8H61-M LX motherboard. This motherboard comes with a Windows driver package to enable the onboard ethernet port. My troubles with this board are documented here and here. After installing Windows the LAN did not work either, but after installing the supplied driver disk in Windows the LAN was then enabled.

I have been googling for the Linux driver but cannot find it. I see that others have used this motherboard in Linux, so apparently it is possible. I wrote to ASUS but I do not expect a reply for 48-72 hours.

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Your motherboard has a Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller.

The driver built-into the Linux kernel should work, but if you wish to install the latest driver supplied by the manufacturer, you can get it here.

  1. Open the downloaded file in Archive Manager, and extract it, e.g to the Downloads folder as shown below:

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  2. Open a terminal with Ctrl-Alt-T, and change to that directory, e.g. cd Downloads/r8168-8.031.00

  3. Type sudo ./ and that should take care of removing the old driver and installing the new one.

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Thank you. I downloaded LINUX driver for kernel 3.x and 2.6.x and 2.4.x from all five of the mirrors, not a single one got over 10 KiB before disconnecting. I'll keep trying. – dotancohen Jul 1 '12 at 17:31
@dotancohen: if it keeps failing let me know, I have a copy and can upload it somewhere for you. – izx Jul 1 '12 at 17:33
I would appreciate that, I cannot get past 10 KiB. My Gmail address has the same username as my SE account :) – dotancohen Jul 1 '12 at 18:05
@dotancohen: try the "unofficial" mirror hosted at google code – izx Jul 1 '12 at 18:18
Thanks. I see that is for the 8186, will that still work? How can I verify exactly which controller is on the motherboard from within Ubuntu itself, without relying on the packaging. I would really like to verify first. – dotancohen Jul 1 '12 at 18:29

The driver can be found here as well as the answer as how to install it. The ASUS P8H61-M LX motherboard comes with the Realtek® 8111E , 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s) therefore the proper driver needs to be updated.

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The current driver from Realtek includes an file that takes careof all the manual steps outlined in the blog post. – izx Jul 1 '12 at 16:22

The problem was the lack of drivers for this motherboard's NIC. I expand on the problem more here.

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