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RTL8168 under linux

Had some trouble with the network adapter in my new Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3R motherboard under linux (Ubuntu 11.04) – it would stop working periodically and then start again, and the speeds were very slow – only around 300KB/s over my local network.

LSPCI output for the card is: 08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06) . However, ubuntu was using the r8169 driver, rather than 8168.

This seems to have been resolved by downloading the drivers from here , unpacking, and then running the contained as root. This loaded the r8168 driver ,and the performance is now as you would expect and the dropouts seem to have gone away.

Couldn’t find much recent information on how to get this chipset running under linux, so thought I would post this information up.

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