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I can't connect via Ethernet cable to my Linksys WRTSL554GS router. I think my mobo, a Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H does not have Wi-Fi so I don't have that option either.

When I do a ifconfig this is what I see:

lo      Link encap:Local LoopBack
        tnet addr:127.0.01 Mask:
        tnet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
        UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436  Metric:1
        RX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overuns:0 frame:0
        TX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overuns:0 carrier:0
        collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
        RX bytes:1184 (1.1 KB)  TX bytes:1184 (1.1 KB)

I do not see the eth0 or eth1 listed.

Do I have to do something in the BIOS? I am not familiar with this BIOS on the new motherboard.

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What does 'ifconfig -a' say? – clemej Feb 18 '13 at 2:02
the output of lspci and lshw might be useful here too – Journeyman Geek Feb 18 '13 at 2:11
@user133079 You can upload the output of the commands in and link it in your question. – Lucio Feb 18 '13 at 2:19 – user133079 Feb 18 '13 at 6:01 – user133079 Feb 18 '13 at 6:09

Your Atheros AR8161 uses the relatively new driver alx. It is provided by linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-quantal-generic; assuming you are running Ubuntu 12.10, known as Quantal. You could download it and all its dependencies here: Note that you need all its dependencies:

*linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-3.5.0-23-generic <--or matching your current running kernel version

..and its dependencies:


*linux-image-3.5.0-23-generic <--or matching your current running kernel version

..and all its dependencies as well.

You can download them on another computer and drag and drop them to your desktop. Install with:

cd Desktop
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

If there are any missing dependencies, get and install them, too. Be sure to get the versions appropriate for your archtecture; either 32- or 64-bit. could do as I'd do. Borrow from a friend or another computer temporarily or even buy a cheap ethernet card and plug it in, get a connection and do:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-quantal-generic

Two minutes later, when it's done, your on-board ethernet should be working.

If you are not running 12.10, our strategy may be different.

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My goal is to make a LiveCD. Is it possible to do add the new driver it's dependencies to the 12.10 iso that I have? – user133079 Feb 18 '13 at 17:42
Probably not to your existing iso. You probably need Remastersys: – chili555 Feb 18 '13 at 20:45

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