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I plug a ethernet cable on eth0 and it doesn't appear on the network manager as a connection. I use Ubuntu 14.04

lspci -nn

03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)

ifconfig eth0

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  Endereço de HW 00:00:00:00:00:00  
      BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Métrica:1
      pacotes RX:0 erros:0 descartados:0 excesso:0 quadro:0
      Pacotes TX:0 erros:0 descartados:0 excesso:0 portadora:0
      colisões:0 txqueuelen:1000 
      RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

I'm a newbie, so help me, helping you helping me. =) How can i debug this furthermore?

  • Install common wifi drivers and connect through the application wicd. sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree wicd wicd-gtk wicd-daemon wicd-cli wicd-curses. Update the results. – user224082 May 22 '14 at 13:08
  • linux-firmware-nonfree has nothing to add here. The firmware for the driver r8169 is installed by default. As well, if the driver won't connect with NM, I doubt it will connect with Wicd. – chili555 May 22 '14 at 14:45
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I have a Dell Inspiron 3521 Laptop. After update from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04, I had the same problem with my eth0 network card (an RTL8101E/RTL8102E). Using lspic (list PCI devices) to show the devices in the machine, with:

lspci -nn

06:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)

(It was not present at ifconfig command)

I download the driver from Realtek to my Desktop folder from: driver's page

Then I untar the file and open the path to a terminal and install it with:

$ cd Desktop   
$ tar xvvf r8101-1.025.00.tar.bz2    
$ cd r8101-1.025.00/src     
$ make clean modules    
$ sudo make install   
$ sudo depmod -a
$ sudo modprobe r8101
$ lsmod |grep r8101
r8101                 153264  0 
$ /sbin/ifconfig -a    
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 74:86:7a:5d:c6:01  
          inet addr:192.168.1.4  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::7686:7aff:fe5d:c601/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:368426 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:258622 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:347809708 (347.8 MB)  TX bytes:143626976 (143.6 MB)
          Interrupt:47 Base address:0x4000 

For me it worked ....

Edited to remove superfluous commands that would cause no action in example, and to add sudo usage where appropriate.

  • The installation of the driver works, but HWaddr stays 00:00:00:00:00:00, which causes problems. I can do sudo ifconfig eth0 down, sudo ifconfig eth0 hw ether 74:86:7a:5d:c6:01 then sudo ifconfig eth0 up, which triggers a good connection right away, but when I restart the system the problem returns. – Marconius Mar 18 '15 at 3:32
  • On that driver page, there is only a driver for the kernel 4.7. how do I get this running on Ubuntu 16.04? – rubo77 Feb 15 '18 at 13:06

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