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#1 2010-12-06 20:23:43

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Wlan: Realtek 8176 (rev 01)

Hello there.
I've got a new Dell Inspiron 1018 and have now trouble bringing wlan0 up.

lspci says:
07:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8176 (rev 01)

What I tried so far:
The rtl8192se from AUR and the rtl8192ce because it seems to work for the ubuntu users and for AquaFox (https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=106736 I wrote him but he just told me to compile the source). It compiled on my Vostro 1700 but not on my Inspiron[1]. When I tried to modprobe the r8192{se|ce}_pci module I've only got a:
FATAL: Error inserting r8192{se|ce}_pci (path to the module): Invalid module format
I also tried ndiswrapper but gave up rather fast.

Please help, I need this netbook urgently to escape the most boring math lessons at university smile

Edit: Forgot: there were some other r8192 kernel modules (like  r8192u_usb). None of them made a wlan0 appear sad

[1]:
make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-2.6.36-ARCH'
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
/bin/sh: line 1: 3146 Segmentation fault [... too lazy to copy this ...]
make[2]: *** [__modpost] Error 139
make[1]: *** [modules] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-2.6.36-ARCH'
make: *** [all] Error 2
    Aborting...

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#2 2010-12-08 18:16:44

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Re: Wlan: Realtek 8176 (rev 01)

I tried with ndiswrapper again and got the same error like for the r8192* modules:
FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper (/lib/modules/2.6.36-ARCH/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko): Invalid module format

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#3 2010-12-09 19:59:09

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Re: Wlan: Realtek 8176 (rev 01)

Those drivers, which used to be hidden, are available on Realtek's web site:

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dow … Down=false

The 8176 chipset uses the 8188CE drivers. You can download the source and then compile the drivers against your current kernel. Make sure you have the proper build tools installed first.

You can always email Realtek technical support (wlanfae@realtek.com) and ask for the latest drivers for your exact chipset. Just paste them the output of lspci and let them know you're running Linux. When I did this, the turn around time was within 2 hours. Compiled, installed, and wireless was good to go!

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#4 2010-12-09 22:00:01

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Re: Wlan: Realtek 8176 (rev 01)

The 8188ce is exactly the same driver (or seems to be) like the 8192ce. Even if you try to download the 8188 version you'll get the 8192 from realtek.com.

Weird thing is:
A friend of mine got the same laptop model and installed ubuntu. He only did a make && make install and a reboot and everything works fine.
I tried the same yesterday (also means installing ubuntu) first with make install then with a .deb package witch I found later. After reboot I got a wlan0 device, but I couldn't use it. It didn't work to connect to a wep network with iwconfig nor did I succeed with to find the network (strength around 90%) with iwlist wlan0 scanning nor did networkmanager help me.

probs I should email the technical support but I doubt that they'll be able to help with arch.

So here is my modified PKGBUILD, maybe someone ll find something:
http://arch.pastebin.com/RmMKSD15
& the *.install:
http://arch.pastebin.com/2rT5zcQL


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#5 2011-02-23 00:31:50

jecxjo
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Re: Wlan: Realtek 8176 (rev 01)

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