Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Asus P5GC-MX/1333 Network Not Working in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

The onboard network adapter of Asus P5GC-MX/1333 motherboard does not work out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron).

So as usual, I went to UbuntuForums, googled, and read a lot.  Practically consumed 4 hours looking for a fix.

Then with a "silly" grin (for not doing it in the first place), I used Ubuntu's Synaptic Package Manager and  searched for "Atheros".  Voila!  The driver is listed there.  I immediately installed it and restarted the machine.  It's fixed! ;)

Here are the steps for those who needs to have this darned problem fixed:

  1. Install a separate network card in the computer.  I put an Accton - old network card on the PCI slot knowing that Ubuntu would already recognize it.
  2. Connect to the Internet using this secondary network interface.
  3. Use Synaptic to install Atheros driver.
  4. Restart your computer.

Hope this helps the others who, like me, consumed a lot of time searching the web for a solution.

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