USB2-E1000 not working on ubuntu server


So my USB2-E1000 is working great on my laptop running 3.2.0-38-generic-pae ubuntu desktop, however I can’t figure out how to get it to work on a laptop running 3.2.0-38-generic-pae server.

modinfo asix
gives me the exact same info on both machines.

filename: /lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic-pae/kernel/drivers/net/usb/asix.ko 
 license: GPL 
 description: ASIX AX8817X based USB 2.0 Ethernet Devices 
 version: 08-Nov-2011 
 author: David Hollis 
 srcversion: 8F9B60958D4E3F6F87B3EB2 
 etc etc 

dmesg | grep asic
looks okay (I think?) as well:

asix 1-1:1.0: eth1: register 'asix' at usb-0000:00:1d.7-1, ASIX AX88178 USB 2.0 Ethernet, xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx 
 usbcore: registered new interface driver asix 

But no blinking lights, no internet. Sorry I don’t really know where to go from here, I reckon there is something installed on laptop 1 that isn’t on laptop 2 but not sure what. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!