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#1 2011-05-10 10:58:06

akuschki
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[SOLVED] installation on T420s

I've been using Arch Linux happily for a couple of years on my Thinkpad T42. Now I got a T420s and I after completing the standar install procedure I have no eth0 and hence I can't install anything that is not on the installation cd. lspci|grep -i eth shows I have an Intel 1502 Ethernet Controller. Some googling led me to this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1741686&page=2. I can confim that ethernet works flawlessly out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 11.04. According to the linked thread this might be due to the fact that you need a very recent version of the e1000e driver. I assume the e1000e version included in the Arch Linux installer is to old.

Does anybody know if the above is correct and how I can install the driver for my ethernet card?

Last edited by akuschki (2011-05-11 19:24:32)

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#2 2011-05-10 18:24:05

Corubba
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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

Same thing on my X220i. Can't get Network to work, neither ethernet nor wireless. And i can confirm that Ubuntu 11.04 recognize the Networkcards correctly.

If im right we can only wait till there will be a new Install-Snapshot. And use some other Distri till that happens sad

EDIT: I found some Testing Iso's. I think they might work. I will try.

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#3 2011-05-10 19:33:40

akuschki
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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

If im right we can only wait till there will be a new Install-Snapshot.

well, if we find  out which package contains the appropriate network drivers/modules whatever, I guess we can just download it on a different machine and  put it on a usb key and install it on the Thinkpad. I didn't have time for this today but if I find anything I will post it here.

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#4 2011-05-10 19:57:42

alexcriss
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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

You can use the testing ISOs linked by Corubba. Those work perfectly out of the box smile

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#5 2011-05-10 20:50:54

akuschki
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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

that's good news. Are these isos official and stable? Or should I be aware of any potential problems?

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#6 2011-05-10 21:23:25

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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

Which version of the kernel are you using?  The drivers you require should be intrinsic to kernels since 2.6.36 ??

I would suggest starting from a any Linux boot disk that supports your Ethernet cart, get it working, and then chroot into your Arch installation.  Now, using the host kernel and drivers (including Ethernet), update your package databases, pacman itself, then update all packages (including the kernel).   That should bring you up to a kernel 2.6.38 and you are good to go.


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#7 2011-05-11 13:25:32

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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

I can confirm that the isos Corubba linked to worked for the non-slim T420. (Used 2011.05.08-netinstall-x86_64).

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#8 2011-05-11 19:23:39

akuschki
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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

I also used the testing isos and everything worked fine.

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#9 2011-07-12 20:00:59

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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

I had a similar issue on a Dell T1500 but the testing ISO's did not work for me, they booted for a bit (up to the udev stage) then I got a blank screen ... could go no further ..

My work around, was to install an old ethernet card, do the install with the official ISO, then upgrade, reboot, then I could use the integrated e1000e ethernet ..

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#10 2011-07-14 12:09:17

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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

bmentink wrote:

I had a similar issue on a Dell T1500 but the testing ISO's did not work for me, they booted for a bit (up to the udev stage) then I got a blank screen ... could go no further ..

My work around, was to install an old ethernet card, do the install with the official ISO, then upgrade, reboot, then I could use the integrated e1000e ethernet ..

booting with video= or nomodeset would take care of that black screen. (as said on the wiki)


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#11 2011-07-14 20:05:27

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Re: [SOLVED] installation on T420s

Mr.Elendig wrote:
bmentink wrote:

I had a similar issue on a Dell T1500 but the testing ISO's did not work for me, they booted for a bit (up to the udev stage) then I got a blank screen ... could go no further ..

My work around, was to install an old ethernet card, do the install with the official ISO, then upgrade, reboot, then I could use the integrated e1000e ethernet ..

booting with video= or nomodeset would take care of that black screen. (as said on the wiki)

What wiki page are you referring to?

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