I have an Atheros AR8131 Ethernet card on a Lenovo b560 laptop. Sometime in the past, probably at some upgrade or other my wired connection stopped functioning. I know the card is ok because it works with windows.

I tried upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10 hoping the problem would go away. It didn't...

Tried to google the problem, but all of the solutions I found didn't work for me.

This is probably a driver problem.

Any help will be appreciated. Please note that I'm a linux newbie so I don't really know what logs to post...



I was having occasional drop-out issues with my Atheros AR8131 ethernet and found that an updated alx kernel driver was released by Qualcomm and works perfectly.

Note: This alx driver will not be included in the kernel however the code will eventually find its way into the current atl1c kernel driver.

alx Ethernet Driver

  • Remove current atl1c module and blacklist it:

    rmmod atl1c

    Add the line blacklist atl1c to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

  • Download the driver tarball and extract it.

  • Install by executing these commands in the extracted driver directory:

    ./scripts/driver-select alx
    sudo make install
  • Verify module installed with:

    lspci -v

    Kernel driver in use: alx
    Kernel modules: alx
  • I am new here, so not sure how to do all the steps. I have removed atl1c and managed to blacklist it. I do not know how to do the next step. Any help would be much appreciated.
    – user68970
    Jun 7 '12 at 4:52
  • Have you downloaded and extracted the code tar archive? The install commands would be run in the extracted code directory.
    – Cas
    Jun 15 '12 at 1:42
  • @Cas -- Thanks, alx got my AR8162 working! But it was not necessary to uninstall or blacklist atl1c. I just downloaded the driver tarball that you linked, installed alx per your instructions, and rebooted. I'm using ubuntu 12.04. Thanks again. Oct 10 '12 at 16:27
  • @Robert - extract a .tar.bz2 file with the command "tar -xjvf (filename)". A similar driver installation is spelled out in more detail at ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9449490 Oct 10 '12 at 16:59

I'v made a HOW TO, step by step on this topic. Please look at:


Hope it helps!

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