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Old 01-25-2011, 05:46 AM   #1
Jerome.Crocco
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Installing Ubuntu with Realtek network driver rtl8168


Hello,

I have been having trouble with the install of Ubunto in general.

First problem is that my realtek network drivers rtl8168 are giving me some problems. I have followed advice from other threads for disactivating the NIC and disconnecting the power for 10seconds. This works in that Ubunto can recognize the hardware (hardware active), but it says it is not in use.

Furthermore, I try to define the IP address manually and it does not allow me to press apply. Therefore I cannot connect to the internet.

I though I would try a fresh install of the latest Ubuntu. I did not have the internet connected (due to drivers). After the partitioning section (I partitioned over Ubunto 9.10), on the screen where it says select Username, computer name etc. some files were loaded, and at the end it says ¨ready when you are¨but I was not able to move forward. I don´t now why. Ultimately I reboot the computer (¿mistake?)

Now I get this message upon booting (I am still booting from USB)

GRUB Loading
error: unknown filesystem
grub rescue

help please?
 
Old 01-25-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
xeleema
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Greetingz!

Okay, a few questions;

1) You had a module (aka: "driver") loaded for the NIC, right?
2) You can see that NIC when you do an "ifconfig -a", right?
See my post over in another thread for more information about Realtek drivers.

As for your immediate problem (unbootable system); if possible first physically remove the RTL8168. Then grab the installation media and reinstall the OS.
Make sure you tell it to overwrite/reformat the filesystem(s), so that it will destroy the old Operating System (and all your data along with it).

That should do the trick!

P.S: There's got to be a joke in here about "Ubuntu" and "Unbootable", but I just can't find it...
 
Old 01-25-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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I'm having similar issues, and posted yesterday. I'm trying Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit on an ASUS P7P55 WS supercomputer board with two Realtek NIC adapters.

In fact, I am running 10.10 64 bit from the CD and can surf just fine. I did get a notice about limited performance due to drivers that are not free.

But my point is I am surfing now in Live, but as soon as I install, the NIC adapters are listed as disconnected. There are no special settings in the Live version that I can see anyway.

I'm stumped....but that doesn't take much in Linux for me.

Z
 
Old 01-25-2011, 10:27 PM   #4
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@HomeMadeSin
Boot your Live CD and note the output from the following commands;
uname -r (will give you the kernel version)
lsmod (will show all modules)
Boot your actual Ubuntu install, and compare your outputs. Newer kernel usually means better hardware support.

P.S: Threadjacking isn't exactly looked well upon, but if you find it irresistable, please link to your other thread.

Last edited by xeleema; 01-25-2011 at 10:29 PM.
 
Old 01-27-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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All apologies to the OP and others offended. The line of my madness is I also have issues with Realtek drivers (related?). I guess I didn't see the hijack portion.

I'll play in my thread/sandbox.

Z
 
  


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