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Old 09-26-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
chui1989
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help with installing wireless driver(chipset realtek 8188CE)on debian wheezy


I had a hard time installing the wireless driver for my debian. My debian was Sqeeze but soon after I realized Wheezy was the one to support my wireless adapter, realtek 8188CE,I upgraded to wheezy. Here is my source list file

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free

I followed the exact steps listed on Debian wiki, http://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x#Wheezy,

at step 4, after I typed in iwconfig,there was no tag for wifi (shouldn't it be there?), I figured the wifi module was not loaded, but I didn't know how to check and add it

here is my printout

clint@Thinkpad-W520:~$ lspci | grep -i wifi
03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.


Please help! Thanks, btw,how do you put highlight the code? like grey-background.

Last edited by chui1989; 09-26-2012 at 10:14 PM.
 
Old 09-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Please help! Thanks, btw,how do you put highlight the code? like grey-background.
Just put the readout/code inbetween code tags [code bracket goes here [/code bracket goes here. Like so

Code:
Card-2: Realtek RTL8187B Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Adapter
That is my pendrive wireless chip. I am on wired right now out of personal preference. I can enable it in wicd when I wish though.

Not sure if your post includes

Code:
sudo ifconfig -a
or not.

Also. What kernel are you running?

Code:
uname -a

Quick link I use for troubleshooting wireless

http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/
 
Old 09-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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Hmm, I think I know what's wrong with it, cuz my kernel doesn't support it. Anyway, here is the printout to confirm that

Code:
clint@Thinkpad-W520:~$ sudo ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr f0:de:f1:e6:e6:36  
          inet addr:192.168.1.130  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::f2de:f1ff:fee6:e636/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:1677 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1615 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:1099124 (1.0 MiB)  TX bytes:303515 (296.4 KiB)
          Interrupt:20 Memory:d5300000-d5320000 

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:860 (860.0 B)  TX bytes:860 (860.0 B)

pan0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr be:26:62:1a:98:33  
          BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
and

Code:
clint@Thinkpad-W520:~$ uname -r
2.6.32-5-amd64
and i also found this from the Debian wiki, which confirms my kernel is too shabby
Code:
rtl8192ce (supported devices)
Supports PCI-E devices based on the RTL8188CE and RTL8192CE chipsets.
Introduced in Linux 2.6.38,7 enabled at linux-2.6 2.6.38-2.
btw, the link for debugging drivers is awesome, Thanks
 
Old 09-28-2012, 12:16 AM   #4
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Just in case you are the adventurous type. You can try a newer kernel via Debian Backports in Wheezy. Keep your old kernel as backup though in case the debian backports kernel does not boot for you. I run Liqourix 3.x Kernels in Debian Based Antix 11 OK.

http://backports-master.debian.org/

Though I am posting from Vector Linux 7 right now.

Code:
root:# cat /etc/slackware-version
Slackware 13.37.0
root:#inxi
CPU~Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-UP-) clocked at 1793.985 Mhz Kernel~3.0.8 i686
Dont forget to run in terminal as root

Code:
update-grub
So your new kernel install shows up in grub menu also. The new kernel install should have the driver module for your chip in the new kernel. Just enable wireless and go.

Edit: Don't forget also to comment out debian backport in sources.list after kernel install also and run apt-get update again after commenting it out also (if you wish to stay a stock install).

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