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    OK I understand that the drivers for the card that I have will work with 11.4 if I use compat wireless. It is a Realtke 8188Ce. This is supposed to work out of the box...I just want to make sure that I will not need anything else besides the latest build of compat wireless to get the driver to work. The reason is because I have no access to a wired system and can't afford to be without a connection

    Thank you

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    Default Re: A possible stupid question...

    Did you try the Live CD
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    Was going to from USB, because as bad as it sounds I have no blank CDs with me...but it makes my pen drive read only...was hoping to just throw the compat-wireless on there so I could try to see if it worked that way but no luck...guess it will just have to wait *shrugs*

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    On 05/23/2011 02:06 PM, cmckethen wrote:
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    > Was going to from USB, because as bad as it sounds I have no blank CDs
    > with me...but it makes my pen drive read only...was hoping to just throw
    > the compat-wireless on there so I could try to see if it worked that way
    > but no luck...guess it will just have to wait *shrugs*


    You will also need the firmware package for the RTL8912CE (same driver as the
    RTL8188CE).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmckethen View Post
    Was going to from USB, because as bad as it sounds I have no blank CDs with me...but it makes my pen drive read only...was hoping to just throw the compat-wireless on there so I could try to see if it worked that way but no luck...guess it will just have to wait *shrugs*
    You should be able to use a USB pen drive

    Not sure what you mean here:
    but it makes my pen drive read only.

    Just 'dd' to the pen drive - try it - when done just format it back
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    The rtl8188CE drivers are included with kernel 2.3.38 and 2.6.39. I would just add the repository:
    Index of /repositories/Kernel:/stable/standard
    to the upgrade and get 2.6.39. You get much better graphics drivers too.

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    The rtl8188CE drivers are included with kernel 2.3.38 and 2.6.39. I would just add the repository:
    Index of /repositories/Kernel:/stable/standard
    to the upgrade and get 2.6.39. You get much better graphics drivers too.
    So they are included? I was under the impression that I had to use compat-wireless to get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmckethen View Post
    So they are included?
    Yes. On my laptop with kernel-desktop-2.6.39 and kernel-firmware (from the aforementioned repository) I have:
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.39-27/drivers/net/wireless/rtlwifi/rtl8192ce
    rtl8192ce is the PCI driver for RTL8192CE/RTL8188CE devices.
    But I do not have the hardware to try it.
    I was under the impression that I had to use compat-wireless to get them
    I thought you only needed this for "staging" drivers that were not mainstream yet.

    If you have an existing Linux installation, why not install the new kernel package(s) for that and add the choice of 2.6.39 to GRUB/LILO so that you can try it?

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    On 05/25/2011 09:33 AM, eng-int wrote:
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    > cmckethen;2344589 Wrote:
    >> So they are included? Yes. On my laptop with kernel-desktop-2.6.39 and kernel-firmware (from

    > the aforementioned repository I have:
    > /usr/src/linux-2.6.39-27/drivers/net/wireless/rtlwifi/rtl8192ce
    > rtl8192ce is the PCI driver for RTL8192CE/RTL8188CE devices.
    > But I do not have the hardware to try it.
    >> I was under the impression that I had to use compat-wireless to get
    >> them I thought you only needed this for "staging" drivers that were not

    > mainstream yet.
    >
    > If you have an existing Linux installation, why not install the new
    > kernel package(s) for that and add the choice of 2.6.39 to GRUB/LILO so
    > that you can try it?


    I sense a bit of confusion here. Remember that kernel developers are working on
    future versions. For example, kernel 2.6.39 was just released; however, the
    current source tree for wireless-testing contains the 2.6.40 drivers, and my
    personal copy has a driver that will only appear in 2.6.41 (or whatever Linus
    decides to call it - probably 3.0).

    The changes not only include new drivers, but also bug fixes. If the latter are
    not too invasive, they get backported to stable versions, and will appear in the
    kernel used by openSUSE 11.4. To make all changes available to users, the
    compat-wireless project was started. Note, however, the wireless drivers in
    staging are not usually included in c-w. The only exceptions are those that use
    mac80211 as opposed to a different software MAC layer. At present, brcm80211 (or
    brcmsmac as it is now called) is the only one.

    For the RTL8192CE/RTL8188CE, using kernel 2.6.38 is a better choice than 2.6.39
    if you will be using the device for an 802.11n connection with rates above 150
    Mbps. There was a breakage between .38 and .39 that has not yet been backported.
    It will likely be only a matter of a couple of weeks until that happens, but it
    is not there yet. If your wireless network is limited to 802.11g-rates (54
    Mbps), then 2.6.39 is definitely a better choice.

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