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Old 02-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy unable to setup network card on linux mint 16 KDE

I am relatively new to linux, but have been using it for a few years. I was trying to setup my new computer on linux mint 16 kde and it won't install the driver for the network card that is included on the motherboard. the motherboard is a gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3. The nic on board is a realtek 8169 series I believe, and I have read they are a problem with linux. I tried to install the drivers from the realtek web site for linux and that didn't work. I may not have done that correctly, but I followed the instructions in the readme file the best I could. the rest of my system includes a amd 8350 cpu, a radeon 6970 video card, 16 gb of memory and a seagate hybrid 2 tb hard drive. Everything works on Windows 7, but of course the driver disc has the drivers for windows but not linux. Another odd thing that occurs is that I can only plug in one usb device at a time or my wireless mouse stops working. I have a logitech mouse and keyboard combo that is controlled by the same usb controller. I tried putting a wireless usb nic in and it found it and was able to hit the network, but it made my mouse stop working. I want to make it work, but I fear I don't have the skills to make it happen. Is there some way to make the network card work that I haven't thought of, or do I just need to buy a pci card or something? I didn't think the motherboard was so new that support wouldn't be available for it or that the distro wouldn't have the drivers for it. I also tried linux mint 16 mate in the live mode off usb and that didn't help. It still can't install the network card and just keeps trying to connect only to fail until it fills up the message area. I was hoping someone had encountered this and came up with a solution that would make it work, even if it may not be easy. I have had no success finding any solutions anywhere I have looked so far. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 02-22-2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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I've never had to deal with RealTek, but here's a thread from the Debian forums that might help.


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