Ethernet Vostro 3460 Ubuntu 12.04

Dawid Laszuk published on
1 min, 195 words

Installing Ubuntu 12.04 on Vostro 3460 can be ch painful due to lack of default Ethernet drivers. The laptop comes with AR8161 which is a Ethernet/Bluetooth combined controller and for which one needs alx driver. The procedure of obtaining them can be found on (

However, to speed things up, this is how it should be done (thanks to izx). Just open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type (or copy-paste) these lines:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
$ wget -O- | tar -xj
$ cd compat-wireless-2012-07-03-pc
$ ./scripts/driver-select alx
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo modprobe alx

Please note, that in first line there is a "grave accent" (`) and not apostrophe ('), and it can be evoked with the same key as for the tilde. To see if you're using the right one, just type in shell

$ echo `uname`