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How do I install drivers for the Atheros AR8161 Ethernet controller?

To be able to compile I need some packages. Is there any "bundle" of the required packages (build-essentials and what other is needed so I can download and install manually from a usb?

I do not have internet on Linux

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related question -> askubuntu.com/questions/974/… –  hhlp Nov 24 '12 at 22:08
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Try download file from the following link on another PC and copy it to your machine via USB Key. http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/linux-backports-modules-3.2.0/linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-3.2.0-33-generic_3.2.0-33.18_amd64.deb

Then install this package. Reboot your computer. At that moment, probably, you can connect to internet.If you can't, try the following command and restart:

sudo modprobe alx

Note: I assumed that your Ubuntu 12.04 is using default 3.2.0-33 kernel version. If it false, you must download different package. For learning your kernel version,try uname -a command on Terminal.

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Starting with the 12.04.2 point release on 14 February 2013, there is a better solution. From that release onward, LTS releases will run on the latest stable Linux kernel and X stack. In other words, Precise will run on Quantal's kernel (3.5.0) and X stack.

This policy change, called the LTS Enablement Stack, will not be enabled automatically for upgrades from 12.04 or 12.04.1. To activate it, you must install the package linux-generic-lts-quantal (for the kernel) and/or xserver-xorg-lts-quantal (for the X stack).

So, your driver issue will likely be solved by:

apt-get update
apt-get install linux-generic-lts-quantal

For more information, see "Will Linux Kernel 3.5 be coming to 12.04?" and the announcement of the LTS Enablement Stack.

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