Intel Pro/1000 install not working (I know it's been discussed)


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Jul 4, 2022
Hey all - I found this thread:

which is basically exactly my problem. I'm working (home, lab, funsies...) with an Avanti (Value-Added Retailer/custom server assembler) 2U server, Asus z10pr-d16 motherboard, E5-2683 v4 Xeon, 256 GB of Hynix LRDDR4 RAM, 12x 4GB WD drives, 2x 240GB Kingston SSD's for the OS, and a Samsung 512GB NVME drive for cache. I need more ports for my VM's, especially since one (of the two) on-board ports is inop due to some cracked traces to the second (also inop) CPU... My nephew gave it to me, so I'm not complaining...

Anyway - my first problem as I see it, is from the bottom of the above-linked post - installing the pve-headers file. I have it downloaded from the link posted, as well as the latest Intel drivers for the NIC (also linked in the above post). I had to install make in ProxMox, but it gives an "headers not in the expected location" error:

root@Avanti:/intel-nic/igb-5.11.4/src# make *** Kernel header files not in any of the expected locations. *** Install the appropriate kernel development package, e.g. *** kernel-devel, for building kernel modules and try again. Stop.

Looking in the file included with the Intel source files, that is looking in the /lib/modules directory, where I have two different directory options:

5.11.22-3-pve 5.15.30-2-pve

each of which has a dozen-odd files, so I just don't know what the makefile is looking for in order to move/copy/etc. it appropriately.

I also looked for the kernel-devel package with no luck.

FWIW, the mobo bios does recognize the nic, but it also shuts down the on-board nic - as well as the Pro/1000 - whenever it is installed. I can set the links up and assign addresses to the ports, and I can talk to those ports until I reboot the machine. But I can't talk to the onboard NIC at all when the PCIE card is installed. On another, related note - the NIC shows up typically on PCI bus 5 & 7 (onboard is on 6)... but now that I have the NVME drive installed, IT is showing up on bus 5, and the Intel only provides the two bus 7 ports to ip addr queries.... but all four ports are still shown in the bios.

I'm not a total newb to Linux, but between PVE and it's base OS, I'm out of my depth here. Any help gladly aprreciated.
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