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I'm having a problem connecting to internet on Ubuntu 12.10(just installed after giving up with 12.04 issues with graphics card) with a wireless and with a wired connection. I have looked into solving this problem myself but after much trouble and frustration I could use some help.

To my understanding I believe its because i have an AR8161 Ethernet controller and don't have the proper driver packages. This is where i'm having trouble, i don't know which packages to install or how to. I tried the download links people posted for people with a very similar issue. Either they don't work or i'm not installing them right. The way i tried to install them was i downloaded them on this computer and used a USB drive(key?) to transfer to the laptop without the internet connection and then opened them with the Ubuntu software center which led me to an error every time.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and any information you need from me i will post.


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The drivers for AR8161 are not included in the Kernel yet, you have to install the drivers manually.

First check that the controller is unclaimed:

sudo lshw -C network

You should see something like:

  *-network UNCLAIMED              
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet
       vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.

To install the drivers for the AR8161 just execute:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
wget -O- | tar -xj
cd compat-wireless-2012-07-03-pc
./scripts/driver-select alx
sudo make install
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Yes its UNCLAIMED. I'm a newbie so bare with me, do i type all that in at once or line by line and that will work even though i can't connect to the internet? – Trublet Apr 9 '13 at 18:26
First check if the controller is still unclaimed. If not, check if you have an IP assigned by running: ifconfig -a – Sembei Norimaki Apr 10 '13 at 8:50
Its Unclaimed and their is nothing saying ip address, but the inet address shows – Trublet Apr 11 '13 at 6:43

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