Installing Drivers

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Installing Drivers

Postby JaycePancake » Sep 15th, '18, 20:43

Hey there!

I recently installed Mageia on a laptop of mine, and I had no driver for my wifi card. I was able to find out that the card on my laptop has doesn't have official drivers, nut it does have an unofficial one on github: https://github.com/smlinux/rtl8723de

Someone I spoke to explained to me that I would need to compile the driver, and explained what commands to use. The problem? They gave me instructions for Ubuntu, and they didn't know what would be different on an RPM based system. Since I've only used Debian based linux prior to this myself (I wanted to learn from using Mageia), I'm not sure what to do, or even if I can install this on Mageia.

Can anyone walk me through it? Thanks!
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Re: Installing Drivers

Postby doktor5000 » Sep 15th, '18, 23:17

The instructions will not be much different, that is install at least the following packages
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task-c++-devel dkms kernel-desktop-devel-latest

and then compile that driver using the instruction on that website.

The kernel-desktop-devel-latest depends on what kernel flavor you're currently using, though.
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Re: Installing Drivers

Postby morgano » Sep 15th, '18, 23:37

At https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22626#c0 i see
* rtlwifi: rtl8723de: Add firmware for new driver/device
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Re: Installing Drivers

Postby Zezinho » Sep 16th, '18, 15:43

Yes I think this driver was already added to MGA6 with a kernel update. Just update your system through ethernet to test.
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Wifi Card Drivers Redux

Postby JaycePancake » Apr 11th, '19, 23:01

Last year I made a post inquiring for help regarding the wifi on my laptop running Mageia not working. Said thread is here: https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=12489

It's been a while, life has been crazy and I mostly used my desktop for a while. But now I need to use this laptop, and frankly I never dealt with the issue.

The later responses specify I should just update, but that hasn't increased compatibility. One poster told me to just follow the instructions, and I realize I was unclear.

I don't know how to use the RPM system. And I'm not sure what commands are relevant here. I need a true newb walk through.

Thank you for any input!
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Re: Wifi Card Drivers Redux

Postby benmc » Apr 11th, '19, 23:50

From the linked thread
doktor5000 wrote:The instructions will not be much different, that is install at least the following packages
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task-c++-devel dkms kernel-desktop-devel-latest

and then compile that driver using the instruction on that website.

The kernel-desktop-devel-latest depends on what kernel flavor you're currently using, though.


connect to internet via LAN cable?
in a terminal, unless you have enabled "sudo" do the following:

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$ su -
# password
# urpmi task-c++-devel dkms kernel-desktop-devel-latest


upon reboot dkms will build the driver module and install it for your kernel.

you should then be able to configure your wifi.
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Re: Wifi Card Drivers Redux

Postby JaycePancake » Apr 12th, '19, 01:41

Cinnamon, my only prior Linux experience was mint so I went with that.
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Re: Wifi Card Drivers Redux

Postby benmc » Apr 12th, '19, 02:18

did an "oops'

you have enabled on - line repos"
core, non-free, tainted (and updates) and if a 64bit system, the 32bit repos as well?

You will need to connect via LAN wired to do this.

Do you know who manufactured your wifi module
Broadcom, realtek, intel etc..?
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Re: Installing Drivers

Postby doktor5000 » Apr 12th, '19, 11:43

FWIW, I've just merged this with the older topic as it's actually the same issue still.

Can you please post the output of
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lspcidrake -v

and then we'll take it from there, but first we need to know which actual chipset and revision that wireless module is.
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