Yes, this is yet another "Hey, I'm new to Linux, please help me!" topic. My apologies. I tried to fix this problem on my own, but things didn't quite work out.
I recently purchased all of the parts for a custom computer and a friend of mine built it for me. My Ethernet card/port (don't know the proper term) is a Realtek RTL8111/8168B. After doing all kinds of reading while trying to get my computer connected to the internet, I found out that my particular Ethernet card/port would probably cause my internet to lag and even stop working unless I installed the proper driver for it. I was able, after much searching, to find a site that explained to me how to do this. This is the link for that site: http://unixblogger.wordpress.com/2011/1 ... rnet-card/
I attempted to follow these instructions multiple times. However, I was never to proceed past step 4, which told me to "Untar the archive". When inputting the command:
tar xfvj r8168-8.025.00.tar.bz2
... I was repeatedly given this message:
tar (child): r8168-8.025.00.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
I figured that I was somehow not properly downloading the driver, so I tried to download it multiple times, alternating between the "open" and "save" options. Still, I was unsuccessful. I then attempted to read the "READ ME" file in the download and follow those instructions, with no luck. So, I tried to delete everything and start over, however, I am unsure if the previous "successful" downlaods are floating around in my computer somewhere.
I also attempted a bunch of goofy stuff (extracted some folder to my desktop, fooled around in the terminal and with the ArchiveManager, etc.), but I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually, I became afraid that I was going to mess up my computer, so I simply exited out of everything that I had open on the screen, came here, created a username, and started typing.
I would simply like for someone to explain to me how to download and install this driver. Also, any other tips/explanations about this driver stuff would be much appreciated.
As for the details I am supposed to provide, per the "READ: How to Get Help" topic, they are immediately below.
VERSION: LinuxMint 14 32-bit
HARDWARE (the readout from inputting "inx -Fc 0" into terminal):
System: Host: aurelius-desktop Kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Machine: Mobo: ASRock model: FM2A85X Extreme6 Bios: American Megatrends version: P1.60 date: 11/23/2012
CPU: Quad core AMD A10-5800K APU with Radeon HD Graphics (-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm)
Clock Speeds: 1: 1400.00 MHz 2: 1400.00 MHz 3: 1400.00 MHz 4: 1400.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Trinity [Radeon HD 7660D]
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD ARUBA GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.0
Audio: Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Device 9902 driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.25
Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Hudson Azalia Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: bc:5f:f4:86:58:32
Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (1.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST500DM002 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 456G used: 6.3G (2%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 3.71GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 3.2C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 165 Uptime: 2:45 Memory: 483.2/3476.5MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
DISPLAY ENVIRONMENT: GNOME (I believe).
To whoever responds: thanks!