Having bad luck with preinstalled Win7 on my new Lenovo T510, I decided to install Suse 11.4. Everything worked out-of the box, except for wireless card. lspci told me the card's name: [Realtek semiconductors etc... RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)] hwinfo doesn't list it. Is there any method to make that work?


I had the same problem with my netbook (no kernel driver for RTL9191SEvB) running Debian. First make sure that you have the realtek firmwares installed (in Debian the package is firmware-realtek), they may contain the correct firmwares.

If that fails, just go to http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=48&PFid=48&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false&Downloads=true#2302 and grab the Linux driver. Extract it using your regular archive tool, open a terminal inside that extracted directory and run (as root):

make install
modprobe r8192se_pci

(Yes the driver is for RTL8192 but works really fine with this card too, see http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=609784). That's it, your card should be running. If the driver doesn't load automatically at startup, you can add a r8192se_pci line in /etc/modules. Hope it helps.

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