Intel 82562 or 82566 chipsets

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Some modern motherboards, e.g. in Dells, are using these chips which need the e1000 driver, but the version included with Mepis 7 does not work, either with the live CD or when installed. If you run lspci you may see this line:

00:19.0 Ethernet controller (Intel Corporation Unknown device 10c0 (rev02)

and the Interface tab of the Mepis Network Assistant shows

settings for eth0 -- status: does not exist

The solution is to install the later driver, 7.6.15.5 from Sourceforge; however you need to build it first, and before you can do that you need the kernel headers.

Headers

The easiest way to install the kernel headers is to follow these directions, provided you can connect with a wired connection. If not, download these headers on any computer with a working internet connection:

32-bit:

ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-kbuild-2.6/linux-kbuild-2.6.22_2.6.22-1~mepis1_i386.deb
ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.22-1_2.6.22-18mepis1_i386.deb
ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.22-1-mepis-smp_2.6.22-18mepis1_i386.deb

64-bit:

ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-kbuild-2.6/linux-kbuild-2.6.22_2.6.22-1~mepis1_amd64.deb
ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.22-1_2.6.22-18mepis1_amd64.deb
ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.22-1-mepis64-smp_2.6.22-18mepis1_amd64.deb

If you used this second method, navigate in Konqueror to the folder where you have put them, press F4 to bring up a terminal, become root, then type:

dpkg -i *.deb

You also need to create a symlink (see here for the reason), with this command:

ln -sf /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r) /usr/src/linux

Driver

Download the driver source code from this page.

Then unpack the driver (right-click --> Extract), navigate to its src folder (e.g., /home/UserName/Desktop/e1000/src), and as root type:

make install

Don't worry about the 'cannot write...in catman mode' error at the end.

Now you need to remove the earlier version and load the new one, so type

modprobe -r e1000; modprobe e1000

Run ifconfig and your ethernet should show up, or use the Network assistant.

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