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I am configuring an custom built server with Intel Server Board 1200v3RPS. I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop amd64 as the OS. Issue that I am facing in this is, On-board Network has not been installed by default.

I did a quick search and found that not many people have installed Ubuntu on this Intel board.

Intel website gives drivers for Redhat & SUSE only. This is first time I am installing Ubuntu on Server platform. So far only worked with Redhat/CentOS.

Kindly let me know how to do I install network card drivers in Ubuntu 12.04.

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to Ubuntu Linux

You may not actually need a brand/device 'driver', as Debian/Ubuntu have generic drivers for most mainstream hardware.

Unless you have a new chip/design, or specific high performance/availability requirements, the standard driver should suffice.

Gone and the bad old yesterdays (from RedHat/Fedora 4) of insert first CD (for OS install), then spend 20-40 minutes shuffling through discs 4 thru 9 for each brand/device driver. Ubuntu OS (and all drivers) has fit on a single 600MB CD until only quite recently.

Does this have / need a screen, keyboard, and graphic interface?

Otherwise you are better off using the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server variant.


Check (and or add to your question) output from dmesg | grep igb. I'm not sure if that is the correct ID for Intel Gigabit Ethernet driver for Ubuntu, but its sound right.

Look at How do I enable the "backports" repository? for Precise (12.04) back ports.

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Hi, The reason I used desktop edition here is, Server would be used for connecting nComputing clients of L300 model with vSpace software installed. So i need GUI. I know I can install Server and then configure GUI on but i avoided the two steps. Secondly standard/generic driver should suffice my needs here. But strangely Ubuntu is not loading it :( – SarveshM Mar 29 '14 at 4:27
Your Intel Server board has dual Intel I210 PHY (low power) Ethernet cards/chips. This is the same problem:… – david6 Mar 29 '14 at 4:54
Can you verify, with: lspci -nn | grep Eth ? – david6 Mar 29 '14 at 4:58
Yes as per m/b manual thats the dual NIC controller. I will reach office in couple of hours time and should be able to verify the command output. The stackexchange seems to give the solution need to check when I reach onsite. Thanks David. – SarveshM Mar 29 '14 at 5:20
Hi David, yes the the card is indeed Intel I210 PHY. as per the unixstack link, that was able to see the interface in ifconfig -a but in my case not able to get in ifconfig as well. Checking further. – SarveshM Mar 29 '14 at 10:13

The issue is resolved, i used the driver from CD as it had source files. I used the below link as reference.

Ubuntu 12.04 loses ethernet driver after update and reboot

Inside the folder of linux drivers in Intel CD. I did following and network got connected.

sudo make install

sudo modprobe igb

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