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Old 04-07-2021, 07:52 AM   #1
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wifi card RTL8821CE RealTek -- no driver

I'd like to get away from the arrogance of Windows and their forced updates that damage computers and consume many hours to fix. So yesterday, I spent a lot of time acquainting myself with Linux by installing Porteus on a bootable USB stick.

After 3-4 hours, I discover there is no wifi driver. I don't want to spend additional hours and hours learning git and 'make' and then deal with the errors and everything else, which is all that any advice consists of so far. Is it not possible to just download a bin file somewhere and put that in /modules and then be able to run Firefox? Thanks.

...........I've heard that kernel 5.9 might have the driver. How can locate that and download it?
Old 04-07-2021, 09:40 AM   #2
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ah. not willing to spend hours and hours is a big limitation upfront. dangerous.
however; whatever would be downloaded, has the bootable usb a linux on it and changes made on the system can be stored on it? (if not "persistent", you will lose your changes when you shutdown/restart).
so now, look at the catacteristics of your wifi chips (lsusb or lspci -v) then we will understand what type it is (xxxx:yyyy) then try to identify what driver it needs.
Then: porteaus should have a packet management system (in Debian apt-get install modulename_xyz) and it should be installed automatically.
Old 04-07-2021, 09:55 AM   #3
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I did a DDG search of
linux cards supported by rtw88_8821ce.ko driver

This driver supports your card. It is in Slackware current now. I did see you are running Porteus.

You did not say what release. From the write up on Distrowatch, their newest release is a RC2, and and an older kernel form a while back.

You could consider getting Slackware current from Alienbob. It can easily be put on a USB stick. He keeps it up to date, I would bet your wifi will work with it.

You could also look at what you have and see if rtw88_8821.ko is part of your distro.

Hope this helps.


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