Ubuntu Netbook Wireless Problem solved for Dell Mini

Everything went fine with ubuntu netbok (Ubuntu 11.04 – the Natty Narwhal – released in April 2011 and supported until October 2012. ) remix but wireless failed, it was frustrating but i solved it with good people from linuxquestions.org

i installed ubuntu netbook remix , when connected with cabled it was fine but not in wireless mode


first try to locate your driver ( device details)

abi@abi-Inspiron-1018:~$<strong> lspci -vnn | grep -a4 -i net</strong>

Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 10
I/O ports at 18a0 [size=32] Kernel modules: i2c-i801

05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:048e] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 42
I/O ports at 2000 [size=256] Memory at f0f2c000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K] —
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: r8169
Kernel modules: r8169

07:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8176] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:9198] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 4
I/O ports at 3000 [size=256] Memory at f0100000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]


as per LQ support

It seems the wireless chip in this machine is a RTL8188CE.

If that is the case, the driver is not yet included in Ubuntu, but there is one available. I found a PPA that packages it.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lexical/hwe-wireless
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rtl8192ce-dkms

after this go to network applet and check wireless enable

then connect to wireless network ( name your network here)

i did the same and now connected to WLAN and posting this from Wifi

my LQ thread : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?p=4241233#post4241233


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