I finished building my new system today (Intel Q9450, 4gb OCZ DDR2, nVidia GTX260) and I encountered a bit of a snag with OpenSuse 11 gnome. I first tried to install the 64-bit version, but when it was at live CD, X kept crashing on me (about every 10 seconds X would restart itself). So, I tried my handy 32-bit OpenSuse 11 gnome install cd (that I used to install the OpenSuse 11 that I am posting from on my laptop). X did not crash and all was well… until I tried to get online after it installed (did not check during the live cd). It turns out that my wired on board NIC was not detected. I am assuming OpenSuse11 does not have built in drivers for the onboard NIC on the Asus board.
> Forgot to mention, I dug through the installer for the windows driver on
> Asus’ website, the NIC is a :
>> Atheros AR8121/AR8113 PCI-E Ethernet Controller
> But according to ‘this website’ (http://tinyurl.com/5s5tz5), it will
> not be supported until Kernel 2.6.27?
It seems that your only option is to download the source for 2.6.27-rc1 and
build your own kernel. Do you have some way to get that source?
As a further suggestion, once you get on-line, I would suggest installing git
and the git version of the kernel source. That way you will be able to keep current.
Found a solution. Here are the instructions for Ubuntu
The only changes to the instructions to make them work with OpenSUSE 11 would be:
Instead of build-essential, you will need the kernel-source package.
You will need to install GCC, make, and probably the gcc for C++
You will need to do su root and then type insmod ./atl1e.ko instead of sudo insmod ./atl1e.ko.
The Asus DVD should have the Linux driver source.
See readme, then run “make install”.
If you see an error message you may have to change the Makefile, change string CFLAGS into EXTRA_CFLAGS.
Furthermore, each time you replace the kernel, you have to re-install the network driver.