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Currently installing Ubuntu 12.04.2 Server and I get an error saying it can't detect my network interface device.

My board is Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H-TH.

The installer allows me to continue though. Is there a way to resolve this later on? I tried googling the issue but couldn't find anything substantial.


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I found something that might just help you out right here on askubuntu! How do I install drivers for the Atheros AR8161 Ethernet controller?

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Hi, thanks for the link as I found out that I had exactly the AR8161 controller. However, I'm still a noob about this whole installation thing and I can't figure out one thing about the instructions there - how do I do apt-get when my network card isn't configured? No internet! My guess is to do this from another machine. But how do I transfer the files to this one then? Hope you can help. Thanks. – andy u Mar 25 '13 at 2:56
I did some more digging and found this: I downloaded the tarball, then copied it to a USB, then followed the instructions here ( to manually mount the USB. However, I couldn't get it to mount after the "sudo mount -t vfat..." command. I got an error saying FAT-fs (sdc): invalid media value (0xb9). wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc...Doing fdisk -l returns W95 FAT32 (LBA) as the file system. – andy u Mar 25 '13 at 3:26
After reading through some links...I tried mounting sdc1 instead of just sdc and the thing mounted...hoo boy :) Now to try untarballing... – andy u Mar 25 '13 at 3:40
Ok, I got as far as executing the "make" command. Then I got "The program 'make' is currently not installed. You can install it by sudo apt-get install make." I'm nearing the end of my patience with this. Why wouldn't make be installed by default? – andy u Mar 25 '13 at 3:57

You would need to detect the network card from BIOS or by booting via latest ubuntu desktop CD or from a windows boot.

Then try googling for the tar bundle or OEM provided network driver and compile them and check if this work.

See also if the command

lshw -C network

from command line gives more details on the network card.

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Thanks. I found out from this that I indeed had the Atheros AR8161 controller. And Scott provided the link which had a solution for it. – andy u Mar 25 '13 at 3:42

I found an easy way to get around this problem. I plugged in an extra LAN card I had lying around, the installer detected it, then I followed the instructions in Scott's link and apt-get installed the additional module for the controller.

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