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    Default Need to install support for Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless NIC without Linux network connectivity

    On the forums I found this post from someone else who also has a Realtek RLT8191SE wireless card. I could not follow the same procedure because wireless is the only connectivity I have from Linux. I looked into the 11.3 repository specified in the first "zypper" command he was told to use, then I looked at the corresponding repository for 11.4. In other words, I looked for the rpm's I needed in Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/openSUSE_11.4/x86_64. I decided that the two rpm's I needed are :
    1. rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    2. rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm

    That seemed to me to be the pattern used for all the different wireless NICs in these repositories.

    So, from Windows, I downloaded both of them and then rebooted into my new openSuSE 11.4 Desktop. An "rpm -qip" on the first one suggested that it did somehow include the firmware which was specified as the second argument in the zypper command. The rpm install for it worked. But the second one failed with a dependency check looking for rtl8192se-firmware. So, there is some trick or missing command here that "zypper" knows about but I don't. Of course, maybe "zypper" would of needed connectivity to resolve it too. That is where I need help.

    In the following cut&paste, my-docs is a symbolic link to the "My Documents folder" on Windows. /windows/C/Documents\ and\ Settings/..... Yes, I'm lazy.

    Code:
    don@mylaptop:~> sudo /sbin/lspci | grep ireless
    02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)
    
    don@mylaptop:~> rpm -qip my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    warning: my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 4073bdbe: NOKEY
    Name        : rtl8192se                    Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version     : 0019.1207.2010                    Vendor: obs://build.opensuse.org/driver:wireless
    Release     : 1.1                           Build Date: Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:36:48 AM PDT
    Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host: build27
    Group       : System/Kernel                 Source RPM: rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.src.rpm
    Size        : 39797                            License: GPL
    Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:37:23 AM PDT, Key ID 5308b44c4073bdbe
    Summary     : RealTek RTL8192SE Wireless LAN NIC driver
    Description :
    This package contains a kernel module, firmware, some scripts and documentation for Realtek RTL8192SE PCI "draft-N" WiFi cards.
    
    The driver will be called "r8192se_pci.ko", the follwong PCI-IDs are supported:
    
    10ec:8171
    10ec:8172
    10ec:8173
    10ec:8174
    10ec:8192
    Distribution: driver:wireless / openSUSE_11.4
    
    don@mylaptop:~> sudo rpm -Uvf my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    don's password:
    warning: my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 4073bdbe: NOKEY
    Preparing packages for installation...
    rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1
    
    don@mylaptop:~> rpm -qip my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    warning: my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 4073bdbe: NOKEY
    Name        : rtl8192se-kmp-desktop        Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version     : 0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2       Vendor: obs://build.opensuse.org/driver:wireless
    Release     : 1.1                           Build Date: Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:36:48 AM PDT
    Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host: build27
    Group       : System/Kernel                 Source RPM: rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.src.rpm
    Size        : 781688                           License: GPL
    Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:37:23 AM PDT, Key ID 5308b44c4073bdbe
    Summary     : Linux driver for Realtek RTL8192SE PCI WiFi cards
    Description :
    This package contains a kernel module for Realtek RTL8192SE PCI "draft-N" WiFi cards.
    
    The driver will be called "r8192se_pci.ko", the follwong PCI-IDs are supported:
    
    10ec:8171
    10ec:8172
    10ec:8173
    10ec:8174
    10ec:8192
    Distribution: driver:wireless / openSUSE_11.4
    
    don@mylaptop:~> sudo rpm -Uvf my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm 
    warning: my-docs/SuSE11.4/rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 4073bdbe: NOKEY
    error: Failed dependencies:
    	rtl8192se-firmware = 0019.1207.2010 is needed by rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64
    
    don@mylaptop:~> rpm -qa | grep rtl
    rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64
    
    don@mylaptop:~> rpm -qi `rpm -qa | grep rtl`
    Name        : rtl8192se                    Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version     : 0019.1207.2010                    Vendor: obs://build.opensuse.org/driver:wireless
    Release     : 1.1                           Build Date: Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:36:48 AM PDT
    Install Date: Sun 22 May 2011 10:50:36 AM PDT      Build Host: build27
    Group       : System/Kernel                 Source RPM: rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.src.rpm
    Size        : 39797                            License: GPL
    Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Sat 19 Mar 2011 01:37:23 AM PDT, Key ID 5308b44c4073bdbe
    Summary     : RealTek RTL8192SE Wireless LAN NIC driver
    Description :
    This package contains a kernel module, firmware, some scripts and documentation for Realtek RTL8192SE PCI "draft-N" WiFi cards.
    
    The driver will be called "r8192se_pci.ko", the follwong PCI-IDs are supported:
    
    10ec:8171
    10ec:8172
    10ec:8173
    10ec:8174
    10ec:8192
    Distribution: driver:wireless / openSUSE_11.4
    don@mylaptop:~>
    Thanks
    -Don
    Last edited by mnuid; 23-May-2011 at 13:25. Reason: removed newline b4 first URL

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    Default Re: Need to install support for Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless NIC withoutLinux network connectivity

    On 05/23/2011 03:36 PM, mnuid wrote:
    >
    > On the forums I found this post from someone else who also has a
    > 'Realtek RLT8191SE wireless card' (http://tinyurl.com/4g9b7ys). I could
    > not follow the same procedure because wireless is the only connectivity
    > I have from Linux. I looked into the 11.3 repository specified in the
    > first "zypper" command he was told to use, then I looked at the
    > corresponding repository for 11.4. In other words, I looked for the
    > rpm's I needed in 'Index of
    > /repositories/driver:/wireless/openSUSE_11.4/x86_64'
    > (http://tinyurl.com/4ys9vjq). I decided that the two rpm's I needed are
    > :
    >
    > - rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    > - rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    >
    > That seemed to me to be the pattern used for all the different wireless
    > NICs in these repositories.
    >
    > So, from Windows, I downloaded both of them and then rebooted into my
    > new openSuSE 11.4 Desktop. An "rpm -qip" on the first one suggested that
    > it did somehow include the _firmware_ which was specified as the second
    > argument in the zypper command. The rpm install for it worked. But the
    > second one failed with a dependency check looking for
    > _rtl8192se-firmware_. So, there is some trick or missing command here
    > that "zypper" knows about but I don't. Of course, maybe "zypper" would
    > of needed connectivity to resolve it too. That is where I need help.


    You need to get the rpm for the rtl8192se-firmware package and install it first.
    The descriptive material may be right and the firmware is already there, or it
    was lying. In any case, the firmware rpm is a prerequisite. All the required
    packages would have been loaded by zypper, but without network access, it won't
    work.

    I have no idea how well that driver will work. It is not the official one, which
    is not in the kernel until 2.6.40.


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    Default Re: Need to install support for Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless NIC without Linux network connectivity

    mnuid wrote:

    > - rtl8192se-0019.1207.2010-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    > - rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.1.x86_64.rpm
    >

    The two rpm versions which work on the Eee PC (in the footer) are

    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-3.3.noarch
    rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.1_1.2-3.3.x86_64

    I do not know if that makes any difference that you have downloaded slightly
    different versions.
    But I would say you need the following file instead your first one
    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.1.noarch.rpm
    look here
    http://tinyurl.com/3p7kmct
    note the firmware in the rpm name!

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    ION | 3GB Ram

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    Default Re: Need to install support for Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless NIC without Linux network connectivity

    Thanks Martin. From my browser's history I was able to find the url that your link took me to for the firmware. I went into that ftp server and downloaded the highest matching pair of firmware and desktop rpms I found, installed them, and I am now typing this post from my openSuse 11.4 system.

    rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.4.noarch
    rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.6_0.5-1.4.x86_64

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Need to install support for Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless NIC without Linux network connectivity

    mnuid wrote:

    >
    > Thanks Martin. From my browser's history I was able to find the url that
    > your link took me to for the firmware. I went into that ftp server and
    > downloaded the highest matching pair of firmware and desktop rpms I
    > found, installed them, and I am now typing this post from my openSuse
    > 11.4 system.
    >
    > rtl8192se-firmware-0019.1207.2010-1.4.noarch
    > rtl8192se-kmp-desktop-0019.1207.2010_k2.6.37.6_0.5-1.4.x86_64
    >
    > Thanks!
    >

    Glad to hear that.

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    ION | 3GB Ram

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