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I cant get onto my wireless network. I think Linux mint does not recognize my wireless card. linuxmint jeff # iwconfig lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions. linuxmint ...
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    wireless chipset problems & loging on to wirless networks


    I cant get onto my wireless network. I think Linux mint does not recognize my wireless card.

    linuxmint jeff # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    linuxmint jeff #

    my goal here is too have mint recognize any wireless signal and list out all usable ones.
    is there a terminal command to download and install all the necessary drivers?

    This is my first time posting on the forums and I am a relatively new user.

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    First we need to know the chipset of the wireless card. Open a terminal and post the output of the following
    Code:
    lspci -vnn | grep -a4 -i net
    In most cases it not the driver but non-free firmware which is missing, but this is usually easy to get. (Do you have a wired connection? It can be a little more convoluted to get the necessary software without that.)

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    linuxmint jeff # lspci -vnn | grep -a4 -i net
    Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    Kernel driver in use: intel ips
    Kernel modules: intel_ips

    01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
    Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:fd00]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 42
    I/O ports at 4000 [size=256]
    Memory at d0404000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
    --
    Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 23-00-00-00-36-4c-e0-00
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Kernel modules: r8169

    06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8176] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8181]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
    I/O ports at 2000 [size=256]
    Memory at d1500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    linuxmint jeff #
    linuxmint jeff #

    yes I have a wireless conection hooked up to the labtop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    First we need to know the chipset of the wireless card. Open a terminal and post the output of the following
    Code:
    lspci -vnn | grep -a4 -i net
    In most cases it not the driver but non-free firmware which is missing, but this is usually easy to get. (Do you have a wired connection? It can be a little more convoluted to get the necessary software without that.)
    where would I find that firmware?

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    Alright, so you have a pretty new wireless card which does not yet have a driver included in the kernel. You have two options. 1) Realtek has a driver on their webpage, under RTL8188CE. You can download and compile this yourself. 2) I found a PPA with the driver already packaged.

    The first is safer, but more difficult. The second is far easier, but PPAs are essentially unregulated, so you're gambling slightly on the quality of the package. Odds are that it is safe and fine, though.

    If you go with the PPA, Linux Mint 9 corresponds with Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint 10 with Ubuntu 10.10. Use the appropriate package for your Mint version. (I assume you are not using the Debian based Mint?)

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    FYI, for adding the PPA to your sources and installing

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lexical/hwe-wireless
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install rtl8192ce-dkms

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Alright, so you have a pretty new wireless card which does not yet have a driver included in the kernel. You have two options. 1) Realtek has a driver on their webpage, under . You can download and compile this yourself. 2) I found a PA with the driver already packaged[/URL].

    The first is safer, but more difficult. The second is far easier, but PPAs are essentially unregulated, so you're gambling slightly on the quality of the package. Odds are that it is safe and fine, though.

    If you go with the PPA, Linux Mint 9 corresponds with Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint 10 with Ubuntu 10.10. Use the appropriate package for your Mint version. (I assume you are not using the Debian based Mint?)

    i'm going to try the first one, but i'm very new to this.

    could you give me a step by step or a link to a tutorial.
    I have only been using linux for a month but I plan on making this my main OS.

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    I haven't built this driver before, especially on Ubuntu, but looking at it this ought to work:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall linux-headers-generic
    mkdir ~/rtlbuild
    cd ~/rtlbuild
    wget ftp://WebUser:2mG8dBW@207.232.93.28/cn/wlan/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    tar -zxvf rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    cd rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    make
    sudo checkinstall
    Checkinstall creates sort of an ad hoc package, so it can be tracked by your package manager. Accepting all the defaults is fine when you get to that.

    Reboot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    I haven't built this driver before, especially on Ubuntu, but looking at it this ought to work:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall linux-headers-generic
    mkdir ~/rtlbuild
    cd ~/rtlbuild
    wget ftp://WebUser:2mG8dBW@207.232.93.28/cn/wlan/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    tar -zxvf rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010.tar.gz
    cd rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0005.1116.2010
    make
    sudo checkinstall
    Checkinstall creates sort of an ad hoc package, so it can be tracked by your package manager. Accepting all the defaults is fine when you get to that.

    Reboot.
    jeff@linuxmint ~ $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    jeff@linuxmint ~ $


    no good, maybe it works and i'm not using it properly.
    should I try option two or do you have another idea.

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    fixed!
    two works great but if it wouldn't be to much trouble could you explain the mechanics of it, I want to learn.

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