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Distribution: RH for several years but never happy with it. Recently Ubuntu but changing to Debian.
Ethernet drivers under Debian and Ubuntu
Hi. I am trying to work out where the driver for my ethernet connection is under Ubuntu 10.4. Looking at the list in /dev I have no idea.
Reason is, I am trying to install Debian testing on a new machine, provided by employer, which has an onboard ethernet connection instead of a separate card. At installation, Debian just says it cannot find an ethernet connection and offers a list of drivers to choose from.
I have no idea what to choose so I thought I would install Ubuntu on the
same machine and get the driver from there.
I have encountered problems like you have when installing. One thing that sometimes happens is that the installer doesn't know about a particular hardware, but either the installed OS does, or there are drivers available for download & installation post-install. In the case of an unsupported ethernet card, you may be able to temporarily install a PCI ethernet card, and use that for the installation. When you get to where you can run lspci, you should be able to determine the native ethernet type. You might see something earlier on if you can get to the kernel messages at boot time.
The "files" in the /dev directory aren't really "files" in the traditional sense. They're interfaces to actual, physical devices (or pseudo-devices) attached to your computer, that can be written to and read from like they're normal files. So, looking for driver information in /dev probably isn't gonna get you anywhere.