Ubuntu – problems with Realtek RTL8188ee on 14.04


I am having a wireless issue with my mothers laptop, just installed Ubuntu 14.04 because I'm tired of removing malware from her laptop and now the wireless card wont work.

this is the first time I've ever had problem with this and I'm not finding anything for 14.04, the card is the Realtek RTL8188ee, the computer is a Toshiba Satellite C55-A, it works hardwired to my router and with a cheap no name 802.11g dongle I had lying around.

thing is it was connected during the initial installation, but after it rebooted it stopped working and can't figure it out

Best Answer

Larry Finger, kernel maintainer, has a github repository with an improved driver. Hopefully it will be merged soon. Until then:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic git dkms
git clone http://github.com/lwfinger/rtlwifi_new.git
cd /path/to/rtlwifi_new
sudo modprobe -rv rtl8188ee
sudo make install
sudo modprobe -v rtl8188ee

If you're doing this over your current wifi connection and the last step fails, reboot and everything should work.

A brief explanation of the above steps as requested:

  1. Use sudo apt-get to install what is nessesary to build the driver.

  2. Use git to clone the github repository. See man git for more info.

  3. Use cd to change directory to wherever you cloned the repository to. You'll need to be in that directory to build it. For example: cd ~/stuff/rtlwifi_new in my case.

  4. Use make to build the driver.

  5. Use sudo modprobe -rv to unload the current driver.

  6. Use sudo make install to install the new driver.

  7. Use sudo modprobe -v to load the new driver.

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