I have got a laptop on ubuntu 16.04 and I can't configure the ethernet card ... I don't have wifi and ethernet connexion... I believe that it is a atheros e2600 but I am not sure.

when I type modinfo alx I have this :

    filename:       /lib/modules/4.4.0-31-generic/kernel/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/alx/alx.ko
license:        GPL
description:    Qualcomm Atheros(R) AR816x/AR817x PCI-E Ethernet Network Driver
author:         Qualcomm Corporation, <nic-devel@qualcomm.com>
author:         Johannes Berg <johannes@sipsolutions.net>
srcversion:     25B6ABE36E6CB50C1A7E6DF
alias:          pci:v00001969d000010A0sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00001969d000010A1sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00001969d00001090sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00001969d0000E0A1sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00001969d0000E091sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00001969d00001091sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends:        mdio
intree:         Y
vermagic:       4.4.0-31-generic SMP mod_unload modversions'

If I do lspci -nn I have this:

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Inter Corporation Device [8086:24fb] (rev 10)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros Device [1969:e0b1] (rev 10)

I have download linux-firmware_1.127.22_all.deb and installed doing: sudo dpkg -i linux-firmware____.deb

I have tried this solution as weel: [Is there any way to install Atheros e2400 drivers?

without success either.

I added : enter code #define ALX_DEV_ID_E2600 0xe0b1 in reg.h and :


in main.c

but when I do

`make -C /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build M=$(pwd) modules

(when I am in /ubuntu-xenial/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/alx, is that where I should do it ?) I don't have any error. (make entering directory /usr/src/linux-headers-4.4.0-31-generic etc ... and then make leaving directory same one)

but when I do :

sudo make -C /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build M=$(pwd) modules_install

I have an error: "no such file: bss_file.c:178 sign-file: certs/signing_key.pem no such file or directory".

any Idea ?



2 Answers 2


You should be able to

sudo modprobe alx
echo '1969 e0b1' | sudo tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/alx/new_id
Then the ethernet should function so you can install the 4.8 kernel with

sudo apt-get install linux-generic-hwe-16.04


If uname -a shows that you have x86_64 kernel you can download the following package using a computer with internet access







Copy them to the Desktop of the Ubuntu computer, then in terminal

cd Desktop

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

It should install the 4.8 kernel files, reboot when finished

  • I tried this solution without success. there was no error message, but I still don't have internet.
    – p.deman
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:27
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    Does lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net show module in use alx? Does lshw -c net show ethernet as UNCLAIMED?
    – Jeremy31
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:59
  • The first two lines worked for me on e2500 on Ubuntu 16.04
    – standy
    Jun 4, 2017 at 17:45
  • Worked for me, for Killer E2500, on Kubuntu 16.04.3 with 4.4.0-112-generic kernel. I could have upgraded the kernel (had wireless) but did not know which kernel would have support for Killer E2500...
    – kavadias
    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:44

In the case of both your ethernet and wireless, there is no support in kernel version 4.4.0-xx. You are running 4.4.0-31-generic.

There is full support for both in kernel version 4.8.0-xx which is the default in Ubuntu 16.10. I suggest that you download and install 16.10 where both devices will work.

If you prefer another more difficult and cumbersome solution, please tell us and I will amend my answer.

  • Maybe install 4.8 to 16.04?
    – Pilot6
    Feb 9, 2017 at 14:54
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    Yes, indeed, @Pilot6, however, that requires downloading and transferring several packages on a USB and that's why I considered it cumbersome.
    – chili555
    Feb 9, 2017 at 14:56
  • what package should I download and transfer ?
    – p.deman
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:28
  • @p.deman Please start your own new question and include the result of: uname -r and also: lspci -nnk | grep 0200 -A2 Thanks.
    – chili555
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:12

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