So I finally build myself a new machine ( yay ). This machine is to be dual boot with Windows 7 on the SSD and a Linux ( 64 bit ) distro on the more conventional hard drive. Considering the amount of time spent on research, budgeting time and cash as well as the careful assembly you might think that I had all the bases covered. *Sigh*
Whereas Windows 7 worked fine after installation, any form of Linux ( Chakra, Sabyon, OpenSuse )that I installed on the HD could not see the wired ethernet connection. Further research proved the culprit was a "problem child" known as the Atheros 8161. So I needed to find a method to manually install the needed packages since of the linux distro's tried, none could connect to the net. The motherboard does not have wireless capability.
After much, much searching on the web, I finally came across ( in an another distro forum ) how to manually install the needed packages to allow the wired NIC ( Atheros 8161 ) on the Asus P8H77-V motherboard to work. However, the instructions are specific to another distro in regards to the download location for said packages.
So the way I look at it is I have 3 options.
1) Hopefully PCLinuxOS ( which I have on an older machine and it works AMAZINGLY WELL ) has a download location for manual package installation.
2) If # 1 is out, does anyone know, or know where to look to see if the next Linux kernel will have the alx drivers?
3) If #1 and #2 are out then buy an additional nic that IS supported. This is the easiest solution admittedly, I just would like to continue using the built in wired ethernet controller.
Any thoughts on this are appreciated!
Thanks to all.