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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:04 am    Post subject: Wi-Fi Driver Question Gentoo-sources 3.12.21 (Solved) Reply with quote

In checking the Linux Wi-Fi wiki, I'm confused what kernel driver is needed for my RTL8185 card. The System Rescue CD and the Gentoo Minimal Install CD both recognize the card and load the right module but when I go to build the Gentoo-sources kernel, I don't find the needed driver for the RTL818x modules.

Any input as to what blasted driver to select definately appreciated. Gentoo Sources include under the RealTek WiFi drivers 817x/9x so is something missing? Note that the Wifi Wiki does state 3.15+ Vanilla-Sources and Gentoo-Sources are still at 3.12 for the stable.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boot the livecd/sysresccd, run
Code:
lspci -k
note
Quote:
Driver in use: rtl8180
enter the chroot, run
Code:
cd /usr/src/linux
make menuconfig
enter
Code:
 /
in the dialog that appears, enter
Quote:
rtl8180
in the help dialog that appears, note
Quote:
Symbol: RTL8180 [=m]
Type : tristate
Prompt: Realtek 8180/8185/8187SE PCI support
Location:
-> Device Drivers
-> Network device support (NETDEVICES [=y])
(1) -> Wireless LAN (WLAN [=y])

Defined at drivers/net/wireless/rtl818x/Kconfig:4
Depends on: NETDEVICES [=y] && WLAN [=y] && MAC80211 [=m] && PCI [=y]
Selects: EEPROM_93CX6 [=m]


What to look for
Where to look
What to check that must be enabled if the Prompt does not appear where it should.

So edit menuconfig to include:
Quote:
Device Drivers
<*>Network device support (NETDEVICES [=y])
<*>Wireless LAN (WLAN [=y])
<M>Realtek 8180/8185/8187SE PCI support
and recompile the kernel, ensure /boot partition is mounted (if existing), recopy the kernel, exit the chroot and reboot
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never saw the entries as the config is no longer fully alphabetical (who goofed that up?) The ones I wanted were right at the top and it's now been selected - have to double check and see if it's a module or built-in now.
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