I have just installed a “new” Gigabyte motherboard, which I chose for the floppy drive port which seems to have disappeared from every other board on the planet.
Unfortunately, this board uses the Realtek RRTL8111/8168B PCI Express Ethernet controller (rev 06), and the kernel-supplied driver is r8169, which does not work with this controller.
So I have no way to go online with this machine to “update” or install an r8168 driver.
I have downloaded the r8168-8.037.00.tar.bz2 file,
using my son’s XP box, but other than “un-tarring” it, don’t know what to do with it.
I found some instructions:
The pain of an Realtek (RTL8111/RTL8168) ethernet card | unixblogger
but they seem to be specifically for Ubuntu or Debian. Since I know just enough to know that different flavors of Linux use differently named files and store them in different locations, I am just lost, “dead in the water”.
After installing the motherboard (with the help of a computer tech in the neighborhood) I have done a clean install of opensuse 12.3 from a live CD, but of course no additonal files can be downloaded, so no “Yast”.
I know just enough to navigate and follow instructions, but other than that, pretty much depend on the gui, so the question is:
How do I use the cli in opensuse to install the r8168 driver with default functions supplied by the “live” CD?
Is there an already existing step-by-step stupid-proof guide for this operation?
O Obi Wans, you are my only hope…
Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz, Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H, 8GB DDR3-1333,
openSUSE-12.3-KDE-x86_64, KDE 4.1, sda=80GB Ext4, sdb=500GB Ext4.
I do not know the kernel version.