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How to install rtl8188CE firmware in Dpup Wheezy? (Solved)
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ozgta

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 00:50    Post subject:  How to install rtl8188CE firmware in Dpup Wheezy? (Solved)  

Hi,
I have searched the forums and the internet and have not come up with a satisfactory answer.
I need to install rtl8188CE firmware on DpupWheezy3529. I have downloaded the zip folder however I am unsure how to install it.
Is it possible to get instructions on how to do this?

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ardvark


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 01:01    Post subject: Re: wifi firmware
Subject description: How do I install wifi firmware
 

ozgta wrote:
Is it possible to get instructions on how to do this?


Hi...

What is the kernel version of dpup and what .zip file did you download? There might be a .pet lying around here somewhere that might make it easier. Wink

Code:
uname -r


Thanks! Smile

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 03:07    Post subject:  

Supply your hardware specs.

That gets Puppy people ready to help you out.

Otherwise I tend to get mouthy.

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=89270&start=180

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ozgta

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 04:07    Post subject:  

Thanks, fair comments.

kernel: 3.5.2-dpup
zip file: linux_mac80211_0012.0207.2013.tar.gz

downloaded from:
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=48&PFid=48&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false&Downloads=true#RTL8188CE

Unfortunately I'm not sure what hardware specs you may want, however...
Toshiba Satellite C850
Intel i3
wifi; rtl8188CE
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 04:44    Post subject:  

Hi...

Well, a search for a .pet to support your device leads to the rt8192ce driver posted here. Unfortunately, it only supports the 2.6.33.2 kernel, which would require you to use an earlier version of Puppy with the same kernel. So I don't think that's an option.

I think I have heard in the past where you can drop the firmware into the lib/modules folder in Puppy but I could very easily be wrong. Please wait for confirmation before you do that! Wink

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 05:29    Post subject:  

ardvark,
I use Debian testing and am used to just dropping the firmware into the correct folder and was hesitant to do the same here not knowing how things work with Puppy, which is why I posted here. Thanks for advice, as you suggested I'll think wait a bit.
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 07:36    Post subject:  

The correct place is /lib/firmware even for puppy !!

If that fails to help I have had good results building realtek drivers from their sources.... then you can use whatever kernel you like rather than hope someone has built one.

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 13:10    Post subject:  

mikeb wrote:
The correct place is /lib/firmware even for puppy !!


Thanks mike, I knew it was somewhere around there. Mr. Green

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ozgta

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 23:43    Post subject:  

Hi,
Well I placed the firmware files in /lib/firmware with no result.
I did notice that the text of the files I placed there were a different color to the other files there. I think maybe red? Unfortunately I have color deficiency (what use to be called color-blind) so maybe that is telling me something. I did check and the permissions for the files I placed have the same permissions as the other files.

mikeb
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If that fails to help I have had good results building realtek drivers from their sources....


Thanks however this would be well above my skill level.
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 01:19    Post subject:  

Quote:
Well I placed the firmware files in /lib/firmware with no result.

What are you doing to come to this conclusion that it had no result?

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 05:39    Post subject:  

forum search came up with
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=333760489&t=71405

so there is a driver built for lucid if nothing else.

I find with some realtek devices using their driver is the only working option.

If you are not up to compiling then post a specific request for the driver.

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ozgta

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 17:21    Post subject:  

@bigpup
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What are you doing to come to this conclusion that it had no result?


Yes I was a bit vague there. By no result I meant there was no change, i.e. even though I installed the firmware I the connection manager could not find offer the option of wifi connection nor could it recognize and of the SSID's that are broadcast.

@mikeb
I'll follow through on that link and post the results
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 18:36    Post subject:  

Various 850 model specs:

http://www.engadget.com/products/toshiba/satellite/c850/specs/


http://support.toshiba.com/support/modelHome?freeText=3380647

"""""""""

" Wireless May need work Make sure you have at least kernel 3.5.0, but I would recommend at least 3.8.0 for best results. See notes."

http://www.linlap.com/toshiba_satellite_c850-c855

"Mow, 2013/08/19 11:18
I have a C855 running Xubuntu 13.04 and everything works flawlessly and have no issues.

Had to install the video driver for this (Intel graphics) but it still works great. I would recommend Linux Mint for this however, for as good as Xubuntu runs on it Mint seems to run even better but hat could just be my perception.

And I have everything running from WiFi to the wired LAN to sound and playing movies in HD. "

From the same link above .

Try the latest 3 headed Dog.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=90461

Download is ....

http://www.mediafire.com/download/bf33e9j1wmxywx1/lupu3hd-5.2.8.6-20140109.iso

"""""""

http://www.linlap.com/toshiba_satellite_c850-c855

"ZJ, 2012/08/13 19:54
Agreed - this laptop is a total nightmare for linux users. I have managed to get the wifi working on Ubuntu using this guide here:

Good luck.


http://askubuntu.com/questions/139632/wireless-card-realtek-rtl8723ae-bt-is-not-recognized

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Are you sure that the wireless light is on.

CTRL F10 changes it on and off?????????

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 23:43    Post subject:  

@ cthisbear
Being unfamiliar with puppy linux can you tell me how to upgrade to the 3.8.0 kernel?
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Mar 2014, 04:37    Post subject:  

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this topic I appreciate the input.
However I've followed suggestions with no improvements in the wifi config.
Though I will find out how to upgrade the kernel as per the suggestion of cthisbear.
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