Using RealTek 8192se Wireless Controller with Ubuntu 10.04

RealTek 8192se has been known to be a very flaky wireless controller, especially on Ubuntu. I’ve had trouble connecting to WPA/WPA2 networks ever since I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my Lenovo Thinkpad Edge.

Two days ago, the wireless started being flaky no matter what kind of network it’s on. It seems a recent kernel update has broken the driver again.

The easiest way to fix this is:

1) Download the latest Linux driver from RealTek’s Website, use the one that fits your kernel.


cd /what/ever/directory/your/download/is

Replace ‘/what/ever/directory/your/download/is’ with the path to your downloaded package.

3) Extract the driver package with:

cd /desired/directory; tar -xzvf /path/to/package

You can extract the driver package to any desired directory.

4) cd into the extracted directory. Then:

sudo su; make clean; make; make install;

5) Update your module database:


6) Use the newly installed driver:

modprobe r8192s_pci

7) Reboot and get wireless.
Still need to test on WPA/WPA2 networks.


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