Originally Posted by scotsgeezer
Fairly recent, yes. I am currently running RH5.3 i think the kernel is 126.96.36.199 or somthing like that.
It didn't have the r8168 driver that I needed. I had to download it from Realtek and build the module. However, there is still something wrong. I need a break from it at the moment, this board and its drivers have wasted quite some time
2.6.18 is probably to be considered as old (> 2 years).
I have 188.8.131.52 on my machine
(openSUSE 11.1 on a GA-EX58-UD5)
and ran into similar problems.
Linux installed the r8169 driver which enabled networking
After some time (first reboot?) the network disappeared
and could not be found even in the BIOS.
Since I had fiddled around with the network settings,
I tried to rescue the system and then a reinstall which
still did not work.
Pulling the plug for one minute, like someone suggested
I then checked the source and discovered no support for the chip
so I found the latest driver from Realtek and built the module
and installed it.
Still did not work, so then I removed the r8169 driver
which was also loaded, and then finally I was OK.
Have been running for one day now.
I think you should recheck the Realtek website, since
the driver was really new.