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    Realtek network card driver?

    After upgrading my motherboard to a Asus M5A78L/USB3. The internet was much slower than before?
    I have 3 of these motherboards 2 with the Nvidia video on-board and this latest one with ATI (not good with Linux).
    All of them have the same on-board network chip, but this new one was causing problems.

    A lot of Google showed that the Linux Kernel uses the wrong driver for this card?

    sudo lshw -C network gives:-

    Code:
     *-network                      description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 09
           serial: d8:50:e6:bc:a8:3f
           size: 1Gbit/s
           capacity: 1Gbit/s
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8168 driverversion=8.037.00-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.1.254 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
           resources: irq:50 ioport:e800(size=256) memory:fdfff000-fdffffff memory:fdff8000-fdffbfff
    Network card RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Note the driver version r8168 (this was r8169 Wrong driver!)

    So go here
    http://www.realtek.com/downloads/dow...168C/RTL8111DP

    get the latest driver downloaded (8.037.00 as of 11/02/2014)
    extract the tar with Archive Manager to your Home folder
    Open a terminal Ctrl-Alt-T
    Code:
    cd r8168-8.037.00
    sudo ./autorun.sh
    All being well this should unload the old module and load the new.
    Massive improvement on all 3 Motherboards.

    Mythbuntu streams HD across the network like I've never experienced before.

    Not sure yet but might have to install this after every Kernel update?

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    Re: Realtek network card driver?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlecJ View Post
    Network card RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Note the driver version r8168 (this was r8169 Wrong driver!)
    r8169 is not the wrong driver, it is supposed to work with this chip and it has been with its older variants. It is just that it seems to not yet able to handle these new variants properly (or maybe it's buggy with only a few ones that are reported here..).

    In the upcoming kernels, when the r8169 driver is improved enough to handle these new variants (if the bug reports have been submitted and the work is in progress), you won't have to resort to the proprietary r8168 driver.

    Not sure yet but might have to install this after every Kernel update?
    Yes you will have to, unless you get a "dkms" package of it, which reinstalls itself automatically after each kernel upgrade.
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