My ethernet connection is not working at all. Mint installed the r8169 driver during installation. It didn't work so I downloaded and installed the r8101 driver from Realtek. Still no luck in getting it to work.
I've got a fixed ip address, no DHCP. It says that the connection is established but I'm not seeing any activity. No flickering lights on the router and I'm unable to ping the router or any external ip addresses. I've gone over the network settings numerous times but I cannot see anything wrong.
If I boot to Windows 8 there is no problem with ethernet connectivity so it's not a hardware fault.
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$ dmesg | grep r8101 [ 2.015421] r8101: loading out-of-tree module taints kernel. [ 2.015526] r8101: module verification failed: signature and/or required key missing - tainting kernel [ 2.015944] r8101 Fast Ethernet driver 1.032.04-NAPI loaded [ 2.068232] r8101 0000:03:00.0 (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Invalid ether addr ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff [ 2.068242] r8101 0000:03:00.0 (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Random ether addr d0:52:3b:b5:bf:1c [ 2.119134] r8101: This product is covered by one or more of the following patents: US6,570,884, US6,115,776, and US6,327,625. [ 2.119153] r8101 Copyright (C) 2017 Realtek NIC software team <firstname.lastname@example.org> [ 2.121336] r8101 0000:03:00.0 enp3s0: renamed from eth0 [ 38.196087] r8101: enp3s0: link up $ inxi -NS System: Host: z-SATELLITE-NB10t-A-10F Kernel: 4.13.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8101 $ ifconfig enp3s0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr d0:52:3b:b5:bf:1c inet addr:192.168.1.151 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:55 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B) Interrupt:89 Base address:0xd000