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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.
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[solved] cluelessness preventing me from installing the dkms module for kelebek333's realtek driver for kernels after 5.9

Posted 09-14-2021 at 10:37 AM by the dsc
Updated 09-14-2021 at 10:45 AM by the dsc

I believe that in previous kernel upgrades I just had used what I think is the standard process with no error. But I had failed to upgrade to any sub-version of 5.10.

I don't remember what moderately crazy or nonsensical attempt I tried along the way, not that many, but finally I've solved it in a way I just didn't expect.

I simply backed up/renamed the source directory, and downloaded again with git, and did the two or three commands listed on the README. And it just worked.

I'm guessing at some point I somehow messed up with some internal file, or maybe there were upgrades on the driver iself, even though it seems to be kind of semi-abandoned, I thought I had the newest one, even though I don't really know how to check.

I probably didn't even need to rename and download again, some update git command would have fixed it then, allowing for the dkms-build to work. At least assuming I didn't modify anything there in some way that interferes with the update process, or still leaves out some bug of my creation. But I don't recall having done something of that level.

And what's up with all those n00bz, just as cluless as I, or even more, using Kali linux? For some reason it seemed to me that half of the results related to issues installing this driver were kali linux users who seemed to have jumped directly from windows or Mac OS into Kali. I heard OS-2 had some test before installing that would reject any hardware of insufficient specifications. Maybe Kali linux install should have some similar process, but trying to assess how much the user is fit for it, maybe perhaps even suggesting Ubuntu or something instead, if they fail.
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