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    Default How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter

    I struggled with this for a few today, so I figured I would share. This is the wireless card that came with my Toshiba Satellite L655D-S5093.

    First check to see if you have the correct driver. Run
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci
    Toward the bottom you should see
    Code:
    02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
    If this is the case then continue.

    Download the driver from Realtek


    Extract the file to your home folder(it can not be the desktop and I have only tested this from the home folder).
    Code:
    tar -xvf rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    or extract with Ark.

    Next, install the prerequisites to compile the driver.
    Code:
    zypper install patterns-openSUSE-devel_C_C++ kernel-source
    Once that is finished go to your extracted rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010 directory.
    Code:
    cd /**DIRECTORY LOCATION**/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    Be Administrator
    Code:
    sudo su
    Make the driver
    Code:
    make
    Install the driver
    Code:
    make install
    Reboot
    Code:
    reboot
    After this your wireless card should be working.

    To Uninstall
    Go to the directory
    Code:
    cd /**DIRECTORY LOCATION**/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    uninstall
    Code:
    make uninstall

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter

    Thank you very much. I'm pretty much a total beginner with any form of Linux, and I couldn't have figured this one out without your guide.

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    Question Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter

    I have not RTL8188CE but
    this tutorial/how to makes me a bit wondering/thinking/puzzled.


    1.
    The link to
    Code:
    ftp://WebUser:nQJ4P7b@218.210.127.132/cn/wlan/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    is not working if I click on it.
    I presume that the part "WebUser:nQJ4P7b" is made each time new if you click on the download http-page, or something like it.


    2.
    http://218.210.127.132/
    =
    http://www.realcomtec.com/
    lead to
    the web page of
    Real Communications, Inc. , 2870 Zanker Road Suite 110, San Jose, Ca 95134 USA
    not to
    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.realtek.com.tw/about/
    Realtek Semiconductor Corp., located in the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park Taiwan's "Silicon Valley"
    like
    http://218.210.127.131/
    =
    http://www.realtek.com.tw/


    3.
    Would it not be wiser to identify the wireless device by the (hexadecimal) numeric ID? With something like:
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    compare:
    Sticky: My wireless doesn't work - a primer on what I should do next
    TO the sticky: Numeric IDs in one step?
    SOLVED: Linksys WUSB600N v2 #post2280111


    4.
    Has it advances to use the closed source driver?

    Why not the Free and Open Source driver?
    Compare:
    Toshiba wireless troubleshooting #post2315764
    Driver for Realtek: "rtl8192ce" - Are there any devices RTL8192CE / RTL8188SE (jet)?


    Regards
    puzzled pistazienfresser
    (Martin)

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    On 03/26/2011 09:06 PM, tdrusk wrote:
    >
    > I struggled with this for a few today, so I figured I would share. This
    > is the wireless card that came with my Toshiba Satellite L655D-S5093.
    >
    > First check to see if you have the correct driver. Run
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > /sbin/lspci
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Toward the bottom you should see
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > 02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > If this is the case then continue.
    >
    > Download the driver from Realtek
    >
    > - 'Link' (http://tinyurl.com/4rfu5gr)
    >
    >
    > Extract the file to your home folder(it can not be the desktop and I
    > have only tested this from the home folder).
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > tar -xvf rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > or extract with Ark.
    >
    > Next, install the prerequisites to compile the driver.
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > zypper install patterns-openSUSE-devel_C_C++ kernel-source
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Once that is finished go to your extracted
    > rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010 directory.
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > cd /**DIRECTORY LOCATION**/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Be Administrator
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > sudo su
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Make the driver
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > make
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Install the driver
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > make install
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > Reboot
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > reboot
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > After this your wireless card should be working.
    >
    > TO UNINSTALL
    > Go to the directory
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > cd /**DIRECTORY LOCATION**/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > uninstall
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > make uninstall
    >
    > --------------------


    If you want a lot of pain, do the above, OR, install the compat-wireless package
    and get the driver that is built into kernel 2.6.38!

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter

    I am trying to tune wifi adapter rtl8188, but its not working.
    Installed packages:
    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.1.noarch
    rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    rtl8192se-kmp-default-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    rtl8192se-kmp-xen-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64
    linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep compat-wireless
    compat-wireless-scripts-3.0-1.1.noarch
    compat-wireless-kmp-desktop-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    compat-wireless-kmp-default-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    compat-wireless-kmp-xen-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64

    linux-jd1t:~ # uname -a
    Linux linux-jd1t 2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-02-21 10:34:10 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    linux-jd1t:~ # dmesg | grep rtl
    [ 15.198268] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
    [ 15.198276] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [ 15.257104] rtl8192ce:rtl92c_init_sw_vars():<0-0> Failed to request firmware!
    [ 15.257109] rtlwifi:rtl_pci_probe():<0-0> Can't init_sw_vars.
    [ 15.257141] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A disabled

    linux-jd1t:~ # lspci -nnk
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter [10ec:8176] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8195]

    linux-jd1t:~ # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    On 09/18/2011 07:16 AM, akovalevs wrote:
    >
    > I am trying to tune wifi adapter rtl8188, but its not working.
    > Installed packages:
    > rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.1.noarch
    > rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    > rtl8192se-kmp-default-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    > rtl8192se-kmp-xen-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    > rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64


    As is shown laster in the posting, the device is an RTL8188CE. Note the CE. That
    chip is not an SE. None of the "se" stuff above makes any difference.

    > linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep compat-wireless
    > compat-wireless-scripts-3.0-1.1.noarch
    > compat-wireless-kmp-desktop-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    > compat-wireless-kmp-default-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    > compat-wireless-kmp-xen-3.0_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    >
    > linux-jd1t:~ # uname -a
    > Linux linux-jd1t 2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-02-21
    > 10:34:10 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    >
    > linux-jd1t:~ # dmesg | grep rtl
    > [ 15.198268] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low)
    > -> IRQ 17
    > [ 15.198276] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    > [ 15.257104] rtl8192ce:rtl92c_init_sw_vars():<0-0> Failed to request
    > firmware!


    The answer is right here. You need the firmware for rtl8192ce.

    > [ 15.257109] rtlwifi:rtl_pci_probe():<0-0> Can't init_sw_vars.
    > [ 15.257141] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
    >
    > linux-jd1t:~ # lspci -nnk
    > 03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    > RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter [10ec:8176] (rev 01)
    > Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8195]


    Install the kernel-firmware package and your device will work.

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    linux-jd1t:~ # dmesg | grep firmware
    [ 8.640044] IBM TrackPoint firmware: 0x0e, buttons: 3/3
    linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep rtl8192
    rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.5.x86_64
    rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.6_0.7-1.5.x86_64
    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.5.noarch
    linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep kernel-firmware
    kernel-firmware-20100617-2.2.noarch
    linux-jd1t:~ # zypper se rtl8192ce
    Loading repository data...
    Reading installed packages...
    No packages found.
    linux-jd1t:~ # zypper lr -u
    # | Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh | URI
    ---+-------------------+----------------------------+---------+---------+-------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1 | mozilla | mozilla | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.4
    2 | oss-11.3 | oss-11.3 | Yes | No | Index of /distribution/11.3/repo/oss
    3 | packman | packman | Yes | No | Index of /suse/openSUSE_11.4/
    4 | repo-debug | openSUSE-11.4-Debug | No | Yes | Index of /debug/distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    5 | repo-debug-update | openSUSE-11.4-Update-Debug | No | Yes | Index of /debug/update/11.4
    6 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-11.4-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | Index of /distribution/11.4/repo/non-oss
    7 | repo-oss | openSUSE-11.4-Oss | Yes | Yes | Index of /distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    8 | repo-source | openSUSE-11.4-Source | No | Yes | Index of /source/distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    9 | repo-update | openSUSE-11.4-Update | Yes | Yes | Index of /update/11.4
    10 | wireless-update | wireless-update | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/11.4-update
    11 | wireless_opensuse | wireless_opensuse | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/openSUSE_11.4

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    linux-jd1t:~ # dmesg | grep firmware
    [ 8.640044] IBM TrackPoint firmware: 0x0e, buttons: 3/3
    linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep rtl8192
    rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.5.x86_64
    rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.6_0.7-1.5.x86_64
    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.5.noarch
    linux-jd1t:~ # rpm -qa | grep kernel-firmware
    kernel-firmware-20100617-2.2.noarch
    linux-jd1t:~ # zypper se rtl8192ce
    Loading repository data...
    Reading installed packages...
    No packages found.
    linux-jd1t:~ # zypper lr -u
    # | Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh | URI
    ---+-------------------+----------------------------+---------+---------+-------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1 | mozilla | mozilla | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.4
    2 | oss-11.3 | oss-11.3 | Yes | No | Index of /distribution/11.3/repo/oss
    3 | packman | packman | Yes | No | Index of /suse/openSUSE_11.4/
    4 | repo-debug | openSUSE-11.4-Debug | No | Yes | Index of /debug/distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    5 | repo-debug-update | openSUSE-11.4-Update-Debug | No | Yes | Index of /debug/update/11.4
    6 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-11.4-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | Index of /distribution/11.4/repo/non-oss
    7 | repo-oss | openSUSE-11.4-Oss | Yes | Yes | Index of /distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    8 | repo-source | openSUSE-11.4-Source | No | Yes | Index of /source/distribution/11.4/repo/oss
    9 | repo-update | openSUSE-11.4-Update | Yes | Yes | Index of /update/11.4
    10 | wireless-update | wireless-update | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/11.4-update
    11 | wireless_opensuse | wireless_opensuse | Yes | No | Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/openSUSE_11.4

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    Can i install from packages?
    Or i must compiling from source rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz?

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    Default Re: How To Install Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/nWiFi Adapter

    On 09/18/2011 10:06 AM, akovalevs wrote:
    >
    > Can i install from packages?
    > Or i must compiling from source
    > rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz?


    No, you need to install the package I told you to. Note, rtl8192ce is NOT in the
    name. It is in the last line of my comment!



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