hi i have a killer k1 lan card and have archlinux 2012 with kde install and out of the box the card does not work, so i when to the killers website and all i saw was windows drivers? does this card have linux support? is there any thing in pacman that will make it work?
Most network card makers (both wireless and wired) use a small subset of manufacturers for the actual chipset. Thus, if a company such as killer does not make a chipset they will use another and typically try their best to hide the real identity of the card. Otherwise, it would be free advertising for that other company.
Some very common cards are broadcom, atheros, realtek, intel, or ralink. Use lspci to see what it is you actually have up in there, then go from there.
Edit: BTW, you need to use google. I googled "killer k1 linux" and the first hit I got was an ubuntu thread telling me that exact information and even what module it should be using. I am not posting this information directly because using google is a skill you should have if you want to continue using archlinux (with any degree of success anyway). Though you may choose to use an alternative search engine...
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i did the lspci command and found this:
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
and i search pacman and found somethings but not sure what to get, i know i need a driver, but do i need the kernel module as well?
[root@seanarchbox sean]# pacman -Ss realtek
A kernel module for Realtek 8168 network cards
A kernel module for Realtek 8168 network cards for linux-lts
Driver for Realtek RTL2832U, allowing general purpose software defined radio (SDR).
Okay, I can give you this one because this was confusing for me at first as a newcomer. In windows they call them drivers ( I can only assume that this must be because it was more human readable). While with Linux they are named for what they truly are. They are an extension of the kernel and therefore a kernel module. So driver and module are somewhat synonymous, though I think a Linux kernel module might be a broader term.
Apparently Barefoot has started using a different chipset from when that thread I mentioned was posted. In that post it was an atheros. But your chipset is actually the same as mine (though mine is revision 7). All you have to do is install the r8168 package and follow the instructions pacman gives you in its output. Read and follow the output of pacman carefully, else udev will continue to try to use the in-kernel r8169 module. Maybe this might serve as a lesson for why the output of pacman is improtant.
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