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PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby 1885 » 2018-04-21 12:58

We are setting up a lab of 25 computers running Debian Linux.
We tried GIGABYTLE H370 HD3 (Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) )- and the Intel nic did not get recognized by the Debian9.4 install.
This is an issue. I understand that I could purchase a nic that would work but I'd rather not.

The ASUS PRIME H370-PLUS comes with a Realtek® RTL8111H, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
https://packages.debian.org/search?keyw ... re-realtek

How can I find out if the Realtek® RTL8111H is part of the current Debian Kernel?

Thanks
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby pylkko » 2018-04-21 13:07

NIC's can require both kernel modules or firmware that are not distributed by Debian because of license problems. Please specify exactly what Intel NIC (model and manufacturer number) so that we can google if it is supported and how. For the other NIC you probably need this: https://packages.debian.org/sid/kernel/r8168-dkms
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby 1885 » 2018-04-21 13:13

pylkko wrote:NIC's can require both kernel modules or firmware that are not distributed by Debian because of license problems. Please specify exactly what Intel NIC (model and manufacturer number) so that we can google if it is supported and how. For the other NIC you probably need this: https://packages.debian.org/sid/kernel/r8168-dkms

thank you .
The nic in question is: INTEL (7) I219-V on a INTEL i5 8500 on the Gigabyte MB

It looks like the RTL8111H is available for the ASUS Motherboard.
I'm going to give the ASUS a try.
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby pylkko » 2018-04-21 13:24

Ok, so that is a really new chipset/processor released just now basically. It is possible that the old driver code (e1000e) in the kernel of Debian from 2016-2017 does not have what it needs to run that. In that case you would need to use a backported kernel at least. (google "Debian backports"). You may also need to use the latest driver/firmware releases and manually download them from intel web page.

You can try to see if the kernel module is loaded with

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lsmod | grep e1000e


and see what
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ifconfig
shows

maybe even show us a dmesg but then don't post the entire thing here but use a pastebin type of service
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby 1885 » 2018-04-21 16:07

I'll post back when I get to work on Monday. Thank you!
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby shep » 2018-04-21 21:12

Your choice may not be subject to NIC firmware. There are unofficial images that provide most firmware:
https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/

I have a Asus mobo with an rtl8111G that runs debian fine. Without the firmware it is 10/100.
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Re: PRIME H370-PLUS - Motherboard suggestion.

Postby 1885 » 2018-05-08 19:31

We ended up using Buster and the INTEL (7) I219-V were part of the install.
This will be very helpful!

firmware-buster-DI-alpha2-amd64-netinst.iso
https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unof ... 64/iso-cd/
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