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Old 08-23-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
SharkWipf
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No driver for wired network card on ASUS N56VZ laptop


I recently bought an ASUS N56VZ laptop, and installed Fedora and Gentoo on it without many problems.
However, on both Fedora and Gentoo, only wireless works, my wired network card has no drivers, and I am uncertain what driver I need, if it even exists.
The output of 'lspci' is the following:
Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0166 (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0fd1 (rev a1)
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Device 1091 (rev 08)
'lspci -vv' is here on pastebin.

While manually configuring the kernel on Gentoo, I have enabled all Atheros drivers I could find.
Fedora uses a slightly newer stock kernel 3.5.2-1.fc17.x86_64.

Some additional information:
The N56VZ is, as far as I know, almost the same as the N56VM, and the N56 series in turn is almost the same as the N46 and N76 series, with the exception of the screen size. I may be wrong there though.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

EDIT: I have just livebooted Ubuntu to see if Ubuntu does have the mysterious missing driver, but Ubuntu doesn't have it either.
EDIT 2: I have gotten it working by installing this driver. Despite the name of the (wireless-compat), this does in fact work for my wired network card.

Last edited by SharkWipf; 08-23-2012 at 11:02 AM. Reason: additional information
 
Old 08-23-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Try compiling a related module for that and/or
buy an external usb-ethernet card.
 
Old 08-31-2012, 01:31 PM   #3
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SharkWipf, thanks for your update and finding the answer.

I followed your advice and now have a working wired ethernet on a new HP desktop with opensuse 12.1.

I also posted your answer (with grateful credit to you) in the opensuse.org forums in a thread with this problem.

I'll bet you are saving a lot of us with machines using this newer eth device: Atheros Communications Device 1091

Thanks for taking the time to come back and post your update.
 
Old 08-31-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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SharkWipf, thanks for your update and finding the answer.

I followed your advice and now have a working wired ethernet on a new HP desktop with opensuse 12.1.

I also posted your answer (with grateful credit to you) in the opensuse.org forums in a thread with this problem.

I'll bet you are saving a lot of us with machines using this newer eth device: Atheros Communications Device 1091

Thanks for taking the time to come back and post your update.
You're very welcome
 
  


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