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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Having problems detecting wireless adapter for installation Reply with quote

I recently purchased a new dv6-6c40us laptop and want to get Gentoo up and running. I have never used Gentoo before but am familiar with other versions of Linux. My problem is fairly noobish. I have a realtek 8188ce wireless network adapter that is not being automatically loaded by the minimal installer. I simply need to know which kernel module to load in order to get this working so I can proceed with installation. I have tried to find it on my own following the instructions in the handbook with no success.I appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks so much!

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after running the lspci -v command I realized that the kernel is actually loading a module for my device. I believe it was the module for the rtl8192. The problem however is that there is no device showing up when I run the ifconfig command which means that this module is obviously not functioning correctly

This leads me to believe that perhaps my device is simply not supported by the kernel however I am not very skilled in these matters and if anyone could lend a hand I would be so grateful.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timde9,

Welcome to gentoo - almost :D

Instead of using the minimal installer which sometimes has difficulty with wireless, you can use any live cd, I usually use http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

LMDE is usually good at detecting and configuring wireless adapters :wink:
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the response I know its a holiday for most people and all. I thought about using the live cd but I would really like to compile my own kernel and customize my OS so I'd really like to use the minimal if possible. Perhaps I will take my laptop to a friends house and install via a hard connection. Happy holidays!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timde9,

You can boot with any liveCD you like. It only provides a few tools to allow you to accomplish the install.
None of the code on the CD goes into your Gentoo.
The only limitation is that for a 64 bit install, your boot system must run a 64 bit kernel.

Oh, you may need to do mkdir /mnt/gentoo with many non Gentoo CDs at the very start.

I like System Rescue CD as its Gentoo based, has good wireless support and allows you to follow the handbook with no extra steps. It also has Don't Panic! in large friendly letters on the cover art :)

Whatever you choose to boot with for your Gentoo install, you will still need to build your own kernel.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to recommend Pappy's Kernel seeds (http://kernel-seeds.org/) in these circumstances. If you 're dead set on compiling your very own kernel it at least provides some good hints. For examlple this valuable tidbit:
Pappy McFae wrote:
1) Take the results of lspci -n and paste them at the following site: http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/.

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