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Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11n wireles PCI NIC
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LuckyMax

Joined: 05 Jan 2008
Posts: 6

PostPosted: Sun 04 Sep 2011, 10:57    Post subject:  Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11n wireles PCI NIC
Subject description: How to use it in Puppy?
 

I have a Toshiba NB505 netbook with Realtek RTL8188 wireless LAN 802.11n nic, and use a
Samsung 4G LTE mifi with it. This netbook came with Window 7 and Norton Anti-Virus installed; with the constant (and I do mean constant) up- dates, patches, fixes, security notices, etc. all my prepaid data is being used up on downloads I don't want or care about. I'm starting to feel like a badly payed employee of Microsoft. After many attempts at turning off these "services", and weeks of being interrupted continually by notices of Security Risk! and Your Computer May be at Risk! and other dramatic nonsense, I decided to use some kind of Linux via usb stick and Puppy is the one that likes my netbook most.
Problem is it can't see my wireless and has no driver for it. I have tried Lupu 525 and Wolfe 027 with no luck (I really love Wolfe).
I went to the Realtek website and downloaded a linux driver for my nic; it is a tarball. I haven't done anything with it yet, but I have cruised this website and searched out various posts relating to wireless. I haven't found exactly the info I need.
So, here is my question: Can I install this myself, just as any other software in tarball form, or is this beyond a beginner not familiar with the inner workings of Puppy?
Also, is there a puppy out there that some one knows for sure will work with this Realtek nic? (I tried the ndiswrapper but no success; also, desperate, tried each of the other modules in the wireless wizard. No go.)
Any help or information at all will be deeply appreciated as I am ready to throw my netbook and Windows 7 out the nearest window.
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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
Posts: 5270
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Thu 08 Sep 2011, 07:17    Post subject:  

LuckyMax wrote:
I went to the Realtek website and downloaded a linux driver for my nic; it is a tarball.
...
Can I install this myself, just as any other software in tarball form, or is this beyond a beginner not familiar with the inner workings of Puppy?

Generally, yes, the learning curve is steep before you can compile your own kernel module (driver) ...
... but the work has been done for you already -
I think you need the Realtek r8192ce_pci driver. It's available for Puppy versions 5.2.1 to 5.2.8 (Lucid) here -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=462469#462469
Don't confuse the "ce" version with the "se" version.

And of course, don't attempt to install this driver in any other version of Puppy than it was compiled for.
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LuckyMax

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Sep 2011, 09:20    Post subject: re download of rlt wireless driver  

A million thank yous. Some one told me that Puppy forums are among the very best and friendliest and they were right. I should have looked more closely at the Puppy site. I have downloaded the driver and will give it a try today.
You are right about the learning curve. I extracted that tarball late last night and could not make much sense of what I had, so I just left it and went to bed. (A warning to any who read this: Never try to do anything with your computer when you are sleepy.)
I will post the results from the pet driver here for anyone having a similar problem.
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Robmitchsr

Joined: 30 Aug 2012
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Fri 07 Sep 2012, 22:58    Post subject: Toshiba NB505
Subject description: Wireless networking doesn't work
 

I can't get the wireless network to work on my Toshiba NB505. I have the same wireless card and can't make it work. I am new to Linux so everything is Greek to me. I like Puppy. I also tried JoliCloud and Ubuntu 10.10 Remix and I couldn't get the wireless card to work in anything. I would like to get it working with Puppy which seems to be the easiest for me to use.

Can someone tell me the steps to get and install the RealTEK driver? The NDIS wrapper didn't work either. I was running Windows 7 on my Netbook but it is so slow the system is useless. The netbook runs pretty nice on Puppy but I have to have it connected to a wired network. I see that other people have had the same problem but I didn't see the actual steps to follow to resolve the problem. A generic overview doesn't help me because I am unfamiliar with Linux and the Linux commands.I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thanks.

Rob
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Robmitchsr

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 02:12    Post subject: Realtek Driver
Subject description: I thought I got the right driver
 

r8192se pci-k2 6.33.2.pet http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/puppylinux/pet_packages-lucid/
The ce driver wouldn't load so I loaded the se driver

modprobe -l | grep wire >wireless.txt r8192se_pci.ko

I downloaded and installed this driver and the se module loaded but my wireless card still isn't working.

iwconfig - No wireless extensions

Network Controller: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Internet RTL8188ce WiFii

etho ethernet r8169 Module PCI Realtek Semiconductor RTL8101E/TRL8102E

my wired connection works OK

uname -a > uname.txt Linux Puppypc 2.6.33.2

I am not having any luck making this work on my Toshiba Netbook NB505. Any ideas?

PCI.TXT
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
07:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)


lsmod.txt
Module Size Used by
r8192se_pci 467380 0
cfg80211 90319 1 r8192se_pci
i915 183740 2
drm_kms_helper 17823 1 i915
drm 106327 3 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 3539 1 i915
fan 2478 0
snd_hda_codec_realtek 165209 1
snd_hda_intel 14978 0
snd_hda_codec 38539 2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_pcm_oss 26845 0
snd_mixer_oss 9963 1 snd_pcm_oss
uvcvideo 44782 0
videodev 27339 1 uvcvideo
v4l1_compat 9930 2 uvcvideo,videodev
snd_pcm 45385 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_seq_dummy 907 0
snd_seq_oss 18888 0
snd_seq_midi 3156 0
snd_rawmidi 11924 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 3592 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 32379 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 11986 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 3601 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
snd 30859 11 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
r8169 25792 0
soundcore 3403 1 snd
mii 2650 1 r8169
snd_page_alloc 4645 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
i2c_i801 6146 0
i2c_core 11497 6 i915,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit,videodev,i2c_i801
serio_raw 2928 0
fbcon 27736 69
tileblit 1509 1 fbcon
font 6916 1 fbcon
bitblit 3514 1 fbcon
softcursor 805 1 bitblit
pcspkr 1179 0
shpchp 21148 0
pci_hotplug 18286 1 shpchp
sg 19093 0
intel_agp 19189 1
agpgart 18904 2 drm,intel_agp
battery 7164 0
video 14642 1 i915
output 1120 1 video
evdev 5517 0
thermal 9263 0
ac 2143 0
button 3522 1 i915
processor 24987 2
cryptoloop 1483 0
fuse 42549 2
aufs 110466 1
nls_iso8859_1 2937 2
nls_cp437 4465 2
usb_storage 29717 2
usbhid 18009 0
squashfs 15984 1
uhci_hcd 15444 0
ehci_hcd 25830 0
usbcore 91279 6 uvcvideo,usb_storage,usbhid,uhci_hcd,ehci_hcd
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
Posts: 3429
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 02:21    Post subject:  

Specs:

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/mini-notebook/NB500/NB505-N508GN

"""""""""""""

Robmitchsr...welcome to Puppy mate.

Please tell us your exact Puppy version.

Going by this Lucid 528.05 should work.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=70855

Otherwise try 3 Headed Dog.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=70736

Slacko

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=76279

or this version >>> DpupExprimo5X327

http://smokey01.com/pemasu/DpupSqueeze5X/DpupExprimo5X327

"""""""""""""""""

" Re: Toshiba NB505 Wireless won't connect
This worked for me:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lexical/hwe-wireless
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rtl8192ce-dkms
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

The last command (upgrade) is necessary to get the NB505 to work. It took about a half hour just for it to upgrade, but now it functions properly.
Obviously, you need a wired connection for the above commands to work.
Thanks guys; this forum has saved me more times than I can count! "

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1687719

""""""""

To enable or disable wireless
communication, use the Hot Key Fn + F8

Sure it is on???

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1686476

""""""""

And use Frisbee.

Chris.
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