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    NIC buying advice

    I have an old Windows PC manufactured in 1998. I want to install Ubuntu on it.

    The machine doesn't have an Ethernet card, so I need to buy one. Any advice on which brand, etc. to buy that will be compatible with Ubuntu?

    I'm a total Ubuntu/Linux newbie, and a networking newbie too (wish me luck!).

    Thanks

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    Re: NIC buying advice

    My rule of thumbs for NICs is that it needs to use intel chips. The intel drivers are the best out of all the chipsets in my opinion and they just work without any messing around adding new drivers and such. This doesnt mean that intel has to make the entire NIC but they have to make the main chip on the card. I usually end up just buying an intel card though because it requires less research on my part checking out the chips.
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    Re: NIC buying advice

    To be honest, I've yet to see an ethernet card that didn't work with Ubuntu.

    Wireless cards, on the other hand, are a different story.

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    Re: NIC buying advice

    On my old 1997 PC I just went to Newegg and ordered the cheapest best rated Nic card put it in and it worked great with XP, Ubuntu & Fedora.

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    Re: NIC buying advice

    Thanks for all the help

    (BTW, how do I mark this post as "solved?")

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    Re: NIC buying advice

    its in thread tools to the upper right of your first post.
    Desktop: Q6600 OC: 343 x 9, 4 GB RAM, 8600 GTS Twinview (22",17"), 1.5 TB RAID 5
    Laptop: Lenovo T61 T7300 @ 2 GHz, 2GB RAM, Nvidia 140M Quadro, 160 GB harddrive
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