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Old 05-11-2008, 06:17 AM
Mike Chambers
 
Default Realtek RTL8187B

Have installed F9 (er, well, rawhide anyway as of today) is why asking
on this list.

This wireless driver is in my laptop that I bought from Best Buy, which
is a Gateway laptop. I thought Realtek drivers were opensourced? Or at
least I guess maybe only wired drivers are? I can't seem to get the
laptop to recognize the wireless driver. It's connected in there
somehow via usb, which lsusb does show the driver.

Do I have to use ndiswrapper to make this work or should it work out of
the box? If out of the box, what steps to get it to load and be
recognized?

Thanks,

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:30 AM
David Hollis
 
Default Realtek RTL8187B

On Sun, 2008-05-11 at 01:17 -0500, Mike Chambers wrote:
> Have installed F9 (er, well, rawhide anyway as of today) is why asking
> on this list.
>
> This wireless driver is in my laptop that I bought from Best Buy, which
> is a Gateway laptop. I thought Realtek drivers were opensourced? Or at
> least I guess maybe only wired drivers are? I can't seem to get the
> laptop to recognize the wireless driver. It's connected in there
> somehow via usb, which lsusb does show the driver.
>
> Do I have to use ndiswrapper to make this work or should it work out of
> the box? If out of the box, what steps to get it to load and be
> recognized?

Unfortunately, this device isn't supported by current kernels. I just
purchased a couple of these off NewEgg for $15 because the device was
listed as well supported by the zd1211rw driver but it turns out that
the manufacturer has changed the chip used which is now the RTL8187B,
and alas, unsupported. The rtl8187 driver currently in the kernel has a
decent portion of the bits to support the device but not all of them. I
managed to add the proper device IDs, it detects the device but is
unable to bring up the PHYs since there are apparently a number of
changes from the RTL8187 chip and the RTL8187B chip.

I would suspect that support ought to land in-kernel in the next few
months so either a later F9 kernel update or F10 should bring in full
support.

Until then, you are sadly stuck with ndiswrapper.

Oh, there is a hacked-up driver available to seems to work for some
folks, I can't remember the URL off-hand. Apparently, it may work but
doesn't seem to support encryption well, or a bunch of quirky things.


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Old 05-12-2008, 01:04 PM
Mike Chambers
 
Default Realtek RTL8187B

On Mon, 2008-05-12 at 07:30 -0400, David Hollis wrote:

> Oh, there is a hacked-up driver available to seems to work for some
> folks, I can't remember the URL off-hand. Apparently, it may work but
> doesn't seem to support encryption well, or a bunch of quirky things.

atrpms has that driver packaged to rpm and have it installed so I don't
have to use ndiswrapper. It has worked, but very seldom and hardly
connects, for whatever reason. It seems that it's like it won't keep
the key you put in, memorized or whatever, I don't know. Bout ready to
go back to windows on it until better supported.

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Old 05-12-2008, 03:19 PM
"John W. Linville"
 
Default Realtek RTL8187B

On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 01:17:34AM -0500, Mike Chambers wrote:
> Have installed F9 (er, well, rawhide anyway as of today) is why asking
> on this list.
>
> This wireless driver is in my laptop that I bought from Best Buy, which
> is a Gateway laptop. I thought Realtek drivers were opensourced? Or at
> least I guess maybe only wired drivers are? I can't seem to get the
> laptop to recognize the wireless driver. It's connected in there
> somehow via usb, which lsusb does show the driver.
>
> Do I have to use ndiswrapper to make this work or should it work out of
> the box? If out of the box, what steps to get it to load and be
> recognized?

This is being worked-on, but it is not there yet:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=432280

Hth!

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Old 05-12-2008, 04:02 PM
Mike Chambers
 
Default Realtek RTL8187B

On Mon, 2008-05-12 at 11:19 -0400, John W. Linville wrote:

> This is being worked-on, but it is not there yet:
>
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=432280

Thanks John, am cc'd on it and added some input. Be nice to get this
working so I don't have to use wired (have to share that with other
computer), or windows.

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