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I'm doing an OS reinstall on an old system.
The mainboard is a Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2L (rev 1.0) and the drivers listed on the website for ethernet are part of the nvidia chipset suite.  This is all well and good, except when the ethernet controller is a Realtek RTL8211BL gigabit ethernet controller as listed in the specifications.
Way to go Gigabyte!

Does anyone have the XP (32-bit) drivers for this controller?

Thanks in advance
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by:John Hurst
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There appear to be a couple of options. Have you tried a site like this?

http://downloadnew.org/drivers/sound-card/gigabyte-ga-m68sm-s2-rev-10-realtek-azalia-function-driver-r180-343610.html

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from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=319853

"RTL8211 is a PHYceiver which is a driverless hardware device.
Software / Driver are relative to Network controller ( MAC ) which is
integrated into chipset in such case mostly.
Please contact your mother board maker or chipset manufacturer to obtain
proper driver support.
Regards & Thanks for choosing our product.
Ryan Kao
Tech Support, Realtek "

which reads to me that the RTL8211 becomes a component of the Nvidia chipset.

Did you install the Nvidia chipset drivers?  Your message was not clear.
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that links the azalia device (Realtek Audio).  I'm after LAN.
I had the same issue with an older GA-M52S-S3P mainboard that had Realtek LAN.  I found the drivers for it's controller on the Realtek website.  But unfortunately, this mainboard has a different controller and the realtek site doesn't have drivers for it (that i can find).
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Sometimes chip makers combine functions on one module. I was not certain which I why I posted it for you to look at. ... Thinkpads_User
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yeah i did do the chipset install. It leaves the ethernet with no driver.
I've tried using the device manager to point it to the nvidia\chipset\ethernet drivers folder, but it doesn't find anything.
I've also tried the "do not detect my device, i will choose it from a list" with the "have disk" method too...
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Try the chipset drivers directly from nVidia: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_winxp_15.45.html
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I don't see what OS you're using but I'm going to assume XP.  Since it's part of an nForce chipset for onboard devices it might utilize the same drivers that MSI uses in the nForce 630a chipset drivers since MSI mobos use the same ethernet device that you listed above here:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_winxp_15.45.html

I would go into Device Manager again and point it to the ethernet drivers folder like you tried above if the other drivers you tried do not work.
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Looks like someone directed you to the same link as me. Didn't see it until after I posted it. Hope it works either way!
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nForce 15.45 install - no lan!
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Is the on-board NIC enabled in BIOS? Is there another PC/PCIe NIC installed?
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Despite this having Realtek chips for audio and Ethernet the drivers ARE integrated into the nForce installer.  If it's not working it's because the  GA-M68SM-S2L can't detect the Realtek Ethernet.  Like willcomp suggests check that the port isn't disabled either by an add-in card or for some reason in the BIOS setup.  Are you confident the port was working pre-install?
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Is the device listed in the Device Manager?
Right click on the device and select properties.
Then select the "Details" tab
Use Ctrl+c to copy the device instance ID string.
Then paste it (Ctrl+v) in your reply.
I will try to find your drivers for you.
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Interesting find - this is the driver package referred to (for XP)

Certainly when compared to the correct download for your motherboard there are more files - see below - the correct driver is behind the one suggested.

 Are these the extra files you need for Ethernet?
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PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_054C&SUBSYS_E0001458&REV_A2\3&2411E6FE&0&50
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device manager
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NIC IC
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Got it!!!!

It was the drivers in this package http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Driver/motherboard_driver_chipset_m68sm-s2_xp32.exe that got it.

This package was listed as a fix in upalakshitha's link post.  Thank you sooooo much!
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