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Old 03-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Exclamation I have been hunting down firmware for my RTL8188CE wireless card for hours...


I am looking for the firmware form my RTL8188CE wireless adapter, and I can only find the firmware for the 8192 model; which was in the package for the 8188 model. I tried the firmware for the 8192 model and that did not work, so I was hoping someone knew where I could get it. I can work with an rpm, and the raw bin file. So far I had to build my own kernel to get the driver on my slackware machine.
 
Old 03-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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Well, heres the link to the source tarball on realtek's website after a quick search:
http://www.realtek.com/downloads/dow...oads=true#2722

I checked the tarball, it contains firmware for RTL8192CE and multiple others, however it does mention in the release notes file:
Code:
Release driver version = 0001.0105.2011
Change history =
	1. First Release for 8192CE/8188CE.
Have you tried using the 8192 firmware files? I would assume they are cross compatible.
 
Old 03-03-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
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I have tried, but I still can't get the darn thing to work. I put the bin files in /lib/firmware, and kept track of the names in case they would need to be removed. Later I removed them after a couple of reboots. My wifi device does not show up on ifconfig, but does show up on "lspci -k" which is what I used to find out about the missing driver. I did resolve the driver problem when I compiled my kernel.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 12:29 AM   #4
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I have built a package for this, and I still can't get wireless to work even after a reboot.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Well if I have the driver, and the firmware, then perhaps I just need to add it to ifconfig. I wonder how I would do this? After I got the firmware it shows up on iwconfig.

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
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Quote:
if you try to download the binary firmware for RTL8188CE, you
get it for RTL8192CE but the readme file says: "This driver supports
RealTek rtl8192CE/8188CE PCI Wireless LAN NIC
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=613536
Instructions are there too.

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by kuser:) View Post
I have the firmware installed, but I can't figure out to get to work with any gui for wireless cards.

EDIT:
I was told to get my wireless card to work with wicd I need to comment out everything in files that involve networking in /etc/rc.d

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #8
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The answer after all of that work was:

Compiling my own kernel for the modules I needed.
Built a package for the firmware
commented out much of the networking stuff in /etc/rc.d that applied,
and then was able to use wicd.

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