RTL8192se_pci Driver/Firmware compile on Sabayon 5.5

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RTL8192se_pci Driver/Firmware compile on Sabayon 5.5

Post by sqlpython » Sun Mar 27, 2011 20:33

Install is Sabayon 5.5 KDE
Updated to 3/27/2011 before attempting any installs or compiles

Our Thinkpad SL410 has a rtl8192se_pci wireless card.
Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)

We were happy to see the driver in the Sabayon repository and installed it thru Entropy.

The repository via the Entropy Store seems to have the correct driver version packaged.
rtl8192se-2.6.0019.1207.2010
However I do see that rtl8192se-firmware is 2.6.0018.1013.2010 is an Oct 2010

Short and long story is that while the Driver installed and lite up the Wifi light the wifi would show as Inactive in the NetworkManager.
This included after

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modprobe r8192se_pci
..driver shows in lsmod list

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ifconfig wlan0 up
...wlan0 appears in ifconfig list

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iwconfig wlan0 (essid)
...refused

So maybe this has to be Updated..?
Next we installed module-rebuilder
and ran

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module-rebuilder list
...the rtl8192se appeared on the list so we ran

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module-rebuilder rebuild
rebooted still no luck..

Lastly we removed the module and package entirely..

We next considered that perhaps our Wireless card version was newer and needed a newer compile of source.
We make certain that we had installed
make
gcc
linux-headers for 2.6.37
linus-source for 2.6.37




we downloaded and compiled the driver package at
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dow ... #RTL8192SE

Uppacked it
became su (root)
CD to the dir of the unpacked rtl8192_pci source
and

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make
install
modprode r8192se_pci

This Worked and modproded and ifconfig and iwconfig all accepted it.

Also NetworkManager recognized it automatically and immediately..
Unlike the version installed from Entropy... which I am more inclined to believe was a rtl9182se-firmware issue I see that it was compiled in 10/2010

Suggest that when a packager can that someone attempts to repackage the rtl8192se and firmware.
I would look at this but I have never done a Sabayon Package only Debian.
I am thinking that our version of the Wireless card maybe too new for the Entropy packaged rtl8192se firmware.

Lastly, there were also issue regarding Automating the WPA password.. we had to reenter it on each boot.
Finally we had to incorporate KDEWallet which solved the problem. In other distros I would not normally use KDEWallet.
I will outline this for answer at a later time
Criticism accepted for Solutions that work. ;^)
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Re: RTL8192se_pci Driver/Firmware compile on Sabayon 5.5

Post by sqlpython » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:34

Suggest that when a packager can that someone attempts to repackage the rtl8192se and firmware.
I would look at this but I have never done a Sabayon Package only Debian.
I have been reading the Gentoo ebuild documentation and Downloaded my particular rtl8192se package from the tree.
What I want to know is what do I use to examine the package and the ebuild script..
Criticism accepted for Solutions that work. ;^)
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