Your distro and login doesn't have the chops to compile. No make means your install is not suitable for installing by this means. It could also mean you are not logged in as root which one may have to do to install a driver.
I'd try another distro. Today I'm running PCLinuxOS 2007 RC3 and I know it has the driver for the Intel based NICs.
PS. I decline to help getting this distro to compile.
I have Ubuntu running on a Dell Optiplex GX270. Now everything works great except the NIC. The computer doesn't see that it's there, and I have used this machine with Windows so I do know that it works. Thus I have no IP address, obviously no internet or network connectivity, and no device to look up(ie: /dev/eth0) The NIC is a Intel Pro Desktop adapter 1000/MT. I have downloaded the proper driver and untarred it. Now I can get it to install. I ahve read the step by step instructions with no luck.
Basically this is what I have to do:
1. Untar the file
2. move to the file's directory
3. type this command "make install"
Now this is where I have a problem, the linux terminal returns bash: make not a valid command. I have tried everything and searched thoroughly online, with no luck. One thing that a good majority of online resources said wasa to use a command ./configure, which when I attempt to do so also returned as an invalid command. Can anyone help me please. I want to learn Linux and I am shooting to becoem as profecient as I am with Windows. But installs from my point of view is like breaking into the Federal Reserve. Thanks