r8169 module has a lot of bugs and it doesn’t work well with a large number of Realtek’s adapters, so, a few days ago, I posted a patch for the Realtek r8101 module, which supports kernel 2.6.23 but not the 2.6.24, newest kernel in Ubuntu 8.04 «Hardy Heron».
This howto could be a solution for a large number of ethernet adapters issues.
- r8168 supports RTL8111B, RTL8168B, RTL8111, RTL8168 and RTL8111C;
- r8102 supports RTL8100E, RTL8101E and RTL8102E-GR.
Don’t try to compile the module now, it will not work, we need to apply a patch in order to make it working with Hardy’s kernel
Dowload in Home dir the patch for r8168 module or that for r8101, open a terminal and type these instructions to extract the tarball (I think it’s unnecessary, but filenames and paths could change, in according with the driver version):
cd ~/ tar -xvf r8101-1.007.00.tar.bz2 cd r8101-1.007.00/src
Now apply the patch to the r8168 sources dir:
patch < ~/r8168-8.005.00.hardy.diff.txt
Or, if you need r8101 driver, type this:
patch < ~/r8101-1.007.00.hardy.diff.txt
Finally, compile and install the module:
cd .. make clean modules sudo make install sudo depmod -a
To avoiding r8169‘s loading at boot, create and open a new file, /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-network:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-network
And add this line:
Finally, update the initial ramdisk:
sudo update-initramfs -u
At the next boot, your ethernet adapter will work really fine 😉