[nSLUG] Ethernet on NEW computer

Jim Haliburton 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.

Jim H

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