I have an ASUS P8H77-V motherboard with two vertex ocz 128G drives. I have Windows 7 installed and running perfectly (you may refrain from comments about that being an oxymoron ;)). There are no other devices installed other than an older hard drive and some usb peripherals (I'm using all the on-board stuff: video, wired ethernet). I want to install Ubuntu as the other choice in a dual-boot setup. I have made a boot-able USB and can boot Ubuntu from it. I'm relatively new to Unix (I know basic commands and can get a few things done like rsync, etc.), but I have never installed it before or had anything to do with making it work on a machine.
When it boots and I choose "try Ubuntu" it sees all my drives, but when I try to install it, the install doesn't see anything but the external USB drives. I have read the page about UEFI install (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI) and am working on that.
But the second problem is network connectivity. Ubuntu doesn't see my on-board NIC. I've tried "ifconfig" and the info I get does not include anything about eth0 (only lo). I've read several other posts about this problem and the general advice is to buy a wireless adapter, but this machine sits right next to my router, so spending my hard-earned money on a wireless card seems silly. And many of the posts indicate that support for this motherboard might be forthcoming soon (these were dated in December). Are there things I can try (drivers I can load, etc.) to get Ubuntu to see my on-board network interface? If so, where would I get them and exactly how does one load drivers in Ubuntu?
Thank you SO much for any help or insight you can bestow on me.
Edit: The NIC hardware (according to Windows Device Manager) is Atheros AR8161/8165 PCI-e Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20).