Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Postposted on Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:46 pm

Have a Lenovo X120e netbook here at work, and wanted to get Ubuntu 10.04 LTS working on it. This turned out to be somewhat less straightforward than I'd hoped, but I managed to get it going. The issue was the RTL8188CE WiFi chip, which apparently does not have out-of-box support in 10.04 LTS.

For anyone else who is trying to make a netbook/notebook with this WiFi chip work with Ubuntu LTS:

1) Go to this page, and download the "Linux driver for kernel 2.6.24 (and later)".

2) Unpack the tarball.

3) Make sure you have the build-essential package and headers for your kernel installed.

4) Follow the instructions in Section III of the readme file packaged with the driver.
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Re: Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Postposted on Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:10 pm

By any chance did you try one of the linux-backports-modules-compat-wireless packages in the lucid-updates repository?
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Re: Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Postposted on Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:36 pm

No, I did not. We do have another new-ish laptop with a Realtek WiFi chip that isn't recognized out-of-box. I will look into the backports driver situation when we set that one up (it currently has Win7 on it but the intent is to dual-boot).
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Re: Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Postposted on Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:50 pm

Ok, Im running mint 12 but I can only get online hardline. I try load the kernels for my wireless in the terminal but I keep getting an error message. Any clue?
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Re: Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Postposted on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:44 am

I had this issue with my W520. I ended up getting the Intel replacement from IBM. Cost an arm and a leg, but it works with Linux.
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