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rusty2 05-15-2011 11:45 PM

opensuse 11.4 cannot use the tar.gz file from Realtek rtl8192se
Not too many entries for this Realtek product in the forum, but it appears that the commands MAKE and MAKE INSTALL do not work in opensuse 11.4 for the above Realtek NIC. I suspect that it is Realtek's driver which is a tar.gz file and the problem. They do not provide either an rpm or deb file.

Is there anyone out there who has had success with this driver in opensuse 11.4, or for that matter, opensuse 11.3?


corp769 05-15-2011 11:50 PM


Can you explain more what does not work with make and make install? Could you post us some output of the errors/warnings you are getting? Maybe I/we can help troubleshoot further with your problem.



rusty2 05-16-2011 12:02 AM

Hi Josh;

Yeah....I'll go back on the laptop..that's where the problem is...a Toshiba. And the only wireless onboard is the Realtek.

For right now, without having the display at hand and by memory...basically in a terminal, attempting to compile their driver which is known as
rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0017.0705,2010.tar.gz, after I "decompose it" by using tar -xzvf..etc to get the file ready to compile, "make", I get an error in the terminal to the effect that "make" is not a valid command.

Now, this procedure works fine in say, Debian 6, or Kubuntu, etc. Also, it works in PCLinux 2010. But for some reason, in my netinstall version of opensuse 11.4, it has a heart attack.

I'll have to shut down now but tomorrow I'll post the exact words of the hiccup in the terminal.


knudfl 05-16-2011 04:19 AM

There is no package 'make' provided by a "live cd Suse 11.4" install.
All development tools must be installed afterwards :

# zypper in make automake autoconf libtool gcc-c++


rusty2 05-16-2011 10:18 PM

I just posted a reply but it seems to have been directed to Mars so I'll do this again:

Laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L650 series.

I did have make which I installed with zypper. Then I installed those files suggested by knudfi above.

These did not make the problem go away.

The error msg is:

make: *** /lib/modules/ no such file or directory. Stop.
make: *** [all] error 2

This Realtek file has been used on the same laptop successfuly for a few deb O/Ss including Debian 6 and Kubuntu 11.04 and with PCLinux 2010.
The actual nomenclature for the device is the rtl8191se.

Thanks for your time.

knudfl 05-17-2011 03:53 AM

# 5 : Install the "kernel development files".

The command : 'uname -a' will reply with the installed version.

Example 'uname -a' = : Then you must do :

# zypper in kernel-desktop-devel

rusty2 05-17-2011 03:44 PM


I had zipper install the files that you recommended above and still have the very same scenario and error msg after attempting to execute make.

Here is the output of uname -a:

Linux #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-02-21 10:34:10 +0100 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

There are a whole slew of updates for this install which I think I shall install before I try anything else. Perhaps an upgrade/update will kill this problem, but it seems that installing a wireless device should be close to elementary action...I've done this so many times before.

Any further ideas would be appreciated.


SL00b 05-17-2011 03:53 PM

Sounds like you're using the wrong binaries for your distro. SuSE is an RPM-based distro, so download the RPM version and install with zypper or Yast.

knudfl 05-17-2011 04:43 PM


There are a whole slew of updates for this install ..
When you do # zypper in kernel-desktop-devel
.. then you will get the latest update = .

So the only required update is 'kernel-desktop' : # zypper in kernel-desktop
... Which will provide "kernel-desktop- :
And you now have a match with kernel-desktop-devel, and can build a 3rd party
module / driver. You will have to reboot to use these new files.

rusty2 05-17-2011 07:14 PM

Hi Knudfl;

Finally. Downloading with zypper kernel-desktop did the trick. Now running and it merely needed the new desktop to install. A contribution above from SL00b to a site with the rpm didn't left an error message about a repository.

So this is being typed on the Toshiba laptop and the RTL device running smoothly.

I hate laptop keyboards. They ought to make the touchpads much smaller because of big hands.

Thanks again for your help.

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