[solved]Thinkpad wifi / rtl8192ce Failed to request firmware

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[solved]Thinkpad wifi / rtl8192ce Failed to request firmware

Postby L_V » 2011-07-07 09:55

I have spent hours looking for solution to activate wifi on a Thinkpad Edge 15" on Squeeze, with no success.

lspci
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03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
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03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
   Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8195
   Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
   Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
   Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
   Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 17
   Region 0: I/O ports at 2000 [size=256]
   Region 2: Memory at f0500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]

dmesg was complaining about missing firmware:
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[   12.852802] rtl8192ce:rtl92c_download_fw():<0-0> Failed to request firmware!

... it says rtl8192ce and lspci claims RTL8188CE.

However, I visited Realtek site, and downloaded all rtl8192*fw.bin to /lib/firmware: No change.
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dow ... =true#2722

using linux-image-2.6.38-bpo.2-686 with firmware-linux-free/nonfree installed.
wicd of course detects no signals.

Big problem I could not imagine by reading that everything works out of the box with Debian on Thinkpad.
What can still be missing ??? Any idea ???
Last edited by L_V on 2011-07-07 10:16, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Thinkpad wifi / rtl8192ce Failed to request firmware

Postby L_V » 2011-07-07 10:16

L_V wrote:However, I visited Realtek site, and downloaded all rtl8192*fw.bin to /lib/firmware: No change.
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dow ... =true#2722

I was quite close to the end.....
The solution:
rtl8192*fw.bin should not been placed in /lib/firmware but /lib/firmware/rtlwifi

Hope if will save HOURS to others.....
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Re: [solved]Thinkpad wifi / rtl8192ce Failed to request firm

Postby petrelharp » 2011-10-21 04:09

Or else
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aptitude install firmware-realtek

will do it, in sid at least. (and in stable, I think: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=613536 )
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