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student23 03-22-2012 03:45 AM

Installing wireless network card drivers for ThinkPad T410 running CentOS 6.2
Hello all,

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T410 running CentOS 6.2 I have downloaded the drivers from compat-wireless- and attempted to use the make command and install the drivers.

However, when I try to run the make command I receive the error message make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.32-220.7.1.e16.i686/build: No such file or directory. Stop.

I have confirmed that there's a link in the path mentioned above. But I'm not sure if I downloaded the wrong drivers for my Kernel version. Thank you in advance for your advice.

camorri 03-22-2012 08:33 AM

First things first. What card do you have installed in the T410? To find out, open a konsole, as root run the command 'lspci' and find the wireless card. Post the output to the thread.

Those drivers are for the ath9k wireless driver, for antheros cards. Almost all distros provide a version compiled for the kernel shipped with the distro.

Have you opened a konsole, and 'modprobe ath9k' What is the result? If you get no feedback, then the module loaded.

You then have to configure the card for your network.

The drivers on that location are for bleeding edge cards, and bleeding edge kernels. Id that what you need???

You can find out your kernel version with the command 'uname -r' Post the results so we know what you are dealing with.

student23 03-27-2012 02:00 AM

Hi Carmorri,

uname -r

lspci | grep Wireless
Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)

I'm confused on what drivers I should try to download according to my kernel. On this same laptop I have dual-booted Ubuntu and CentOS. Ubuntu is able to work detect and use the driver rtl819xSE.

By the way, is there a site on the Internet that can help me understand and read the kernel version?

vp0619520 03-27-2012 06:00 AM

Hi,my laptop is Thinkpad T400 .I remember that its Wireless network card is the same as yours.I got the driver from the official website of Realtek.

camorri 03-27-2012 09:23 AM

The driver for that card is available from realtek at the following link:



This is kernel 2.6.32, it will be a stable release. The rest to the numbers are put there by Centos. The driver from the official site will run with this kernel. See the README file in the archive

for details on how to install the driver, ( it is source and has to be compiled ). Pay attention to your kernel version, there are different instructions based on the level of kernel you have.

You can also check to see if Centos has supplied a driver already compiled. That is much easier than compiling your own kernel.


I'm confused on what drivers I should try to download according to my kernel.
Look on the RealTek site in the description field, it tells you what driver is correct for which kernel. If you use one Centos has compiled, they will selected the correct one. No need to sweat it.

I don't know the exact name Centos would call the driver, it should be close to

with an extension of .ko

Have you done a 'lsmod | grep rtl819' in a konsole to see if the driver is loaded? If not, try that first, before you go off downloading and compiling.

Also, search your system to see if the driver is in the drivers directory for your kernel.

Open a konsole, run the command as root 'updatedb' let this run, it will take a few minutes if you have never used the command.

Next do a 'locate rtl819x*' and see if you already have the driver. I'm assuming here it doesn't show up in the lsmod. If you find the driver, run the command 'modprobe rtl819x' to see if it will load. You have to have the exact name of the driver from the locate command. If it loads, configure it, and see if it works.

Hope this helps.

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