Having had a chance to read about this, and surf a bit more, and think some more about the HCL:Network (Wireless) - openSUSE webpage which notes " rtl8192ce from compat-wireless" it dawned on my thick skull that “compat-wireless” likely is an RPM that is NOT included with openSUSE , but rather it is likely an rpm on the opensuse download wireless driver site.
Ergo that was NOT good advice that I gave my friend.
I was ignorantly fixated that ‘compat-wireless’ was some defunct repository. … Its NOT! It is an rpm ! … I should know better. … Anyway, ignorance can’t be pardoned, only cured. And I hope I have found the cure.
When I look at this repository:
and download (but not install) check out the rpm compat-wireless-kmp-default-188.8.131.52_k184.108.40.206_0.5-2.1.x86_64.rpm with the command:
rpm -qip compat-wireless-kmp-default-220.127.116.11_k18.104.22.168_0.5-2.1.x86_64.rpm -l
I obtain the following (only salient parts included in my quote):
Name : compat-wireless-kmp-default Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : 22.214.171.124_k126.96.36.199_0.5 Vendor: obs://build.opensuse.org/driver:wireless
Release : 2.1 Build Date: Mon 30 May 2011 02:17:31 PM CEST
Install Date: (not installed) Build Host: build18
Group : System/Kernel Source RPM: compat-wireless-188.8.131.52-2.1.src.rpm
Size : 10545240 License: GPL
Signature : DSA/SHA1, Mon 30 May 2011 02:19:20 PM CEST, Key ID 5308b44c4073bdbe
URL : http://www.linuxwireless.org
Summary : Kernel modules for several WLAN adapters from linuxwireless.org
This package contains recent kernel modules for several WLAN Adapters from linuxwireless.org
based on the new mac80211-Stack
… duhhh … like hello !! There is the rtl8192ce package I was looking for ! No need to custom compile !
I’m now going to pass the follow advice to my friend (to send the following commands)
su - #enter root password when prompted
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/driver:/wireless/11.4-update/ wireless
zypper in compat-wireless-kmp-default-184.108.40.206_k220.127.116.11_0.5-2.1.x86_64.rpm
zypper rr wireless
and reboot and test the wireless.
Hopefully then the rtl8192ce should work with the rtl8188ce in his Toshiba.