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So I've recently installed Slackware 14 (32) bit on a new Toshiba Satellite L855 (dual booting with Windows 7). I can connect to my router (or my works network) initially, but after 5 to 10 minutes, it will disconnect. It will then be unable to reconnect or find any networks until I reboot, at which time it does the same thing.
I did a lspci and it looks like this for the wireless:
I've gone through AlienBob's wireless instructions, and have tried both wicd and network manager. I do get the same results using one or the other.
Is this a driver issue? I've looked through the LQ forums and haven't found similar issues. If I need to provide more info or post this somewhere else, please let me know. Just looking for a place to start.
Last edited by popbot; 10-03-2012 at 01:30 PM.
Reason: Sorry, gave some wrong info. Also added the correct output for lsmod.
I don't have the same computer, but I do have a toshiba L645 with the same network controller (RTL8188CE). I haven't had time to install sw14 yet, but when I do install it--my guess is I will run into the same problem. I'll let you guys know if I encounter any problems with the driver.
There is a patch that was merged into kernel 3.7 and is being backported into all the stable kernels to detect a so-called B-Cut of the RTL8188CE cards. This patch helps a number of those cards. In addition, there is another patch that implements full support for all these cards, but it did not make the merge for 3.7. Furthermore, it will not be backported as it is too invasive. Users with this card should be able to get full support using kernel 3.8 or compat-wireless packages from November 1, 2012 or later. Of course, that date is just a guess.
I tried a patch from post #156 and it seems to be working. So I'm going to give it a few days and see how it goes.
Sorry for the double post, I can't seem to find the option to edit my post. Anyway reporting back, I just installed sw14 today and so far I'm using the default drivers and its been going well, so far its stable and has no disconnections.