Internet Connection with Ubuntu 8.10 on Mac Pro

Minty Busby serendipity.g3a at
Thu Sep 10 00:56:05 UTC 2009

Well, I've gone ahead and ordered an ethernet card after reading a whole
bunch of positive reviews of it by Ubuntu users (one mentioned 7.04, so I'm
fairly confident the driver is still there in 8.10).  I went and found the
same card at BestBuy, but it cost literally 10 times more there than Amazon
+ shipping (new mib), so I decided it's worth the wait.  No computer in this
house has an actual ethernet card.  They're all built into their
motherboards.  We'll give it a shot.  Hope it works out of the box like all
the reviews say.  If not, it didn't cost much.

On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 6:01 PM, Brian McKee <brian.mckee at> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Minty Busby<serendipity.g3a at>
> wrote:
> > I have an Ubuntu 8.10 (tried 32-bit and 64-bit with the same results)
> > DVD-Rom that I used to install directly on my Mac Pro (4,1) 2.66 GHz
> > Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 3gb ram, 256k L2 cache per core, 8mb L3 cache,
> I'm
> > probably giving you tmi.
> >
> > Anyway, I can't connect to the internet.  The network icon by the clock
> > seems to indicate that the cable is unplugged, though it is not.  I think
> it
> > is a driver issue.
> Doesn't a Mac Pro have an empty PCI slot? Borrow an ethernet card from
> where ever long enough to install.  Note I can't say that Jaunty will
> work - I don't know, but if Jaunty is the fix, then a borrowed card
> would get you out of trouble.
> Doesn't the Mac Pro come with wireless?  Set your other Mac up as a
> wireless base station and chain the Mac Pro off of it long enough to
> upgrade to Jaunty.
> Or, even easier, assuming it's Intel not PPC, upgrade your older Mac
> to Jaunty, then duplicate that harddrive on to the harddrive for your
> Mac Pro.
> Some ideas,
> Brian
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