[nSLUG] Ethernet on NEW computer
jim at on-site.ns.ca
Wed Jul 3 09:25:36 ADT 2013
Vlado wwrote about the problems he is having with his new computer and
LInux not correctly recognizing his NIC.
A few suggestions when installing Linux to replace a Windows install.
It is "a good idea" to make a note of the make and model of the devices
installed in the Windows install. The key items are Video/Graphics card,
Lan, USB resources and chip set, motherboard resources such as chip set,
touch pad devices if installed, hard drive controller and any unique or
proprietary devices the vendor has installed.
If not sure of a device, there is a device instance Id under device
manager, details, of the device in question. That device Id is a unique
vendor and model identifier that can be looked up online.
Note the interface speed settings such as Sata1, II or III, or if the USB
is 1.0/1.1, 2.0 or 3.0.
Most large retailers have cut back on their stocks of network cards
because motherboards typically come with them installed. They also don't
want to be involved in people opening up the cases to install cards. So
selling a USB device is a no brainer with no support required.
When buying a new computer your first choice of network card brand is
Intel. If it has an Intel NIC on board it will likely have a Linux
driver available. Ironicaly Realtek should be your next choice. If you
can, try to avoid systems with Broadcom NICs. They are often problematic
even for Windows install. They are the prime cause for people adding new
Intel NICs in computers.
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