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    ASUS PCE-N15 Installation

    Good evening, folks. I have looked around quite a bit and tried to use the readme.txt that came with the drivers I downloaded but the commands don't work and I'm just plain lost here.

    I've got a box running Ubuntu 10.04. I know it's not the newest version, but it's the newest version that does what I need it do do. I've been all over here the last few days trying to get all of the bugs worked out because I'm tired of Windows running slow and constantly failing me. By bugs, I suppose one could infer that the real problem lies with the fact that I don't know what the crap I'm doing.

    So... I've downloaded the drivers for Linux from the ASUS page, specifically the package named Linux_PCE_N15_1008.zip. I have no idea what to do after extracting the archive. I have read another thread about installing this card in Ubuntu 11.04 but the commands return error messages along the lines of missing syntax or unknown commands. I read the manual of which I downloaded a .pdf but the only instructions I have seen are for Windows. Please help! I need a line-by-line on this one. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Oh, some additional information:

    lspci output:

    00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 10)
    00:02.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI-X Root Port
    00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
    00:07.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
    00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
    00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
    00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
    00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2)
    00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
    00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
    00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
    00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 13)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 68f9
    02:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Manhattan HDMI Audio [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series]
    20:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8178 (rev 01)
    3f:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)

    iwconfig output:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    lsmod output:

    Module Size Used by
    binfmt_misc 6587 1
    snd_hda_codec_atihdmi 2367 1
    snd_hda_intel 22069 0
    snd_hda_codec 74297 2 snd_hda_codec_atihdmi,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 5412 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm_oss 35308 0
    snd_mixer_oss 13746 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 70694 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 1338 0
    snd_seq_oss 26722 0
    snd_seq_midi 4557 0
    snd_rawmidi 19056 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 6003 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 47263 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    snd_timer 19130 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 5700 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    snd 54244 11 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss, snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_ seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ppdev 5259 0
    fbcon 35102 71
    tileblit 1999 1 fbcon
    font 7557 1 fbcon
    bitblit 4707 1 fbcon
    softcursor 1189 1 bitblit
    parport_pc 25962 1
    ati_agp 5094 0
    soundcore 6620 1 snd
    fglrx 2092908 35
    vga16fb 11385 1
    vgastate 8961 1 vga16fb
    psmouse 63677 0
    serio_raw 3978 0
    snd_page_alloc 7076 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    i2c_piix4 8335 0
    k8temp 3152 0
    agpgart 31724 2 ati_agp,fglrx
    lp 7028 0
    parport 32635 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    usbhid 36110 0
    hid 67288 1 usbhid
    floppy 53016 0
    pata_atiixp 3148 0
    tg3 109324 0
    ahci 32680 2
    sudo lshw -C network output:

    *-network UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:20:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    resources: ioport:1100(size=256) memory:d0a00000-d0a03fff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: NetXtreme BCM5755 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:3f:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 02
    serial: 00:1f:29:db:5a:f1
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 1GB/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.102 duplex=full firmware=5755-v3.29 ip=192.168.1.8 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
    resources: irq:19 memory:d0500000-d050ffff

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Hey, I'm in a similar situation. Just put together a custom built PC with the ASUS PCE-N15, though i've installed Ubuntu 12.04. I'm also new to Linux and working my way through this.

    I managed to get the hardware recognized by following the steps in the readme file. I did get error outputs when i ran the Make and Make Install commands, but after rebooting the system the hardware showed up as recognized. You said you tried these steps right?

    In any case, I'm still having difficulty connecting to my wireless network. It's detecting the SSID but won't let me connect for some reason.

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Yes, I downloaded the driver (latest version for Linux) and did everything in the readme. No dice. The make and make install returned errors and after a reboot, the OS doesn't seem to recognize the wireless card.

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    In order to compile, you'll need linux-headers-generic and build-essential. Can you check in Synaptic or Software Center to see if they are installed? What was in the file you unzipped? What is the name of the package? After you have installed the prerequisites, please try again:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/RTL8whatever  <--or wherever you extracted the files
    sudo su
    make clean
    make 
    make install
    exit
    Any improvement?

    I found it. How did you know which or what to compile? May we see:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    Last edited by chili555; May 28th, 2012 at 04:18 PM.
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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Solved. Kind of. So, here's the deal:

    I assumed that the most recent version of the driver was the way to go. The readme.txt instructions for this driver were a no-go. I downloaded the FIRST version of the driver, followed the instructions and good to go. Kind of. The only problem now is that it appears to be not running so fast. On my windows box the same card was performing at 300mbps. It appears significantly slower than that now. Going to keep trying some things.

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    I just installed my new ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless-N PCI-E card and I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed. When I booted up the card was working and it picked up my wireless network. I ran the update installer to install some updates and the connection must have dropped as it failed to install the updates. They installed OK with the ethernet connection. I then tried to install the driver from here (http://uk.asus.com/Networks/Wireless...EN15/#download) and it failed with the following error:
    Code:
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-24-generic'
    gcc: error: /lib/modules/3.2.0-24-generic/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such file or directory
    gcc: fatal error: no input files
    compilation terminated.
    scripts/Makefile.build:49: *** CFLAGS was changed in "/tmp/Linux_PCE_N15_1006/HAL/rtl8192/Makefile". Fix it to use ccflags-y. Stop.
    make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/Linux_PCE_N15_1006/HAL/rtl8192] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-24-generic'
    make: *** [all] Error 2
    I verified that the file "/lib/modules/3.2.0-24-generic/build/include/linux/autoconf.h" is not there.

    Anybody know how to get this working?

    Thanks,
    -Fred

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Here is the wireless card info:
    Code:
      *-network               
           description: Wireless interface
           product: RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           logical name: wlan0
           version: 01
           serial: c8:60:00:d3:f5:e1
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rtl8192ce driverversion=3.2.0-24-generic firmware=N/A ip=<my ip> latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
           resources: irq:16 ioport:e000(size=256) memory:fe400000-fe403fff
    It looks like a generic driver is already installed with Ubuntu 12.04 but it does not work well with the wireless card and the new one from the ASUS site will not install for the file not found reason.. anybody know how to update to the correct driver?

    Thanks,
    -Fred

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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    gcc: error:
    Are you sure you have the package build-essential installed? Did you run make after sudo su?

    However, rtl8192ce, de and se are included by default in Ubuntu 12.04. Why are you building a different, not-optimized-for-Ubuntu one? Please post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    dmesg | grep 8192
    it does not work well with the wireless card
    In what way?

    Thanks.
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    Re: ASUS PCE-N15 Installation Help Needed

    Here is the output for lspci:
    Code:
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter [10ec:8178] (rev 01)
    and for dmesg:
    Code:
    [    0.000000] PERCPU: Embedded 28 pages/cpu @ffff88023fa00000 s83072 r8192 d23424 u524288
    [    0.000000] pcpu-alloc: s83072 r8192 d23424 u524288 alloc=1*2097152
    [   16.767238] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    [   16.767246] rtl8192ce 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [   17.750822] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
    [   18.662493] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
    [   39.147605] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
    [   69.139803] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
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    I couldn't use the Update Manager over the wireless connection and the Desktop is a couple of feet from the router. I have build essential installed and I ran make as root.

    After some searching online I think I found the issue in a customer review.

    I did a little bit more research into the control module. Apparently N15 uses Realtek RL8192CE chip. It is not actually a adapter. The realtek chip only provides minimum level of networking trafficing. All the major work is on software layer. To make it simple, this card is VERY dependent on your PC's CPU computing power. This explains why its performance varies so much from driver to driver. Sadly, ASUS only has horrible driver for this adapter. The newest 1.0.0.8 will actually reduce your connecting rates. Bad signal, bad control chip and above all: horrible driver.
    Thanks,
    -Fred

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