Ubuntu – step by step Ubuntu 12.04 install of Realtek RTL8188CE driver


I am completely new and have never even used terminal before, let alone try install a driver, so while I’ve read countless answers in response to the above problem, I don't even understand when I should press 'enter' in terminal.

My situation is I bought a new Toshiba Satellite C850- F0155 with no OS. Installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD. But only way to connect to net is through ethernet cable (i.e. no wireless option). The wireless card is a Realtek RTL8188CE. My Kernal is 3.2.0-52-generic.

I downloaded rtl_92ce_92se_92de_8723ae_88ee_linux_mac80211_0012.0207.2013(1).tar.bz2. I attempted to follow the instructions in the read me file, but i don't for the life of me understand them, nor any others in forums i've poured over.

If there is a kind soul who could help me with step by step (à la idiots guide) I would be deeply deeply greatful.

P.S. I have emailed Realtek with my query but was just sent the same read me file I couldn't understand to begin with.

Best Answer

The driver you're looking for is no longer maintained by RealTek, so I've put it up on GitHub where I maintain it from version to version so that it compiles and works. So far, I as well as several others have had good experience using this driver. You can find the driver here on Github: https://github.com/FreedomBen/rtl8188ce-linux-driver

There are full instructions located on the project page (that link will take you there) and also in the README.md file that comes with the checkout.

The commands you see in the instructions should be entered into a terminal prompt, and enter should be pressed at the end of each line.

Please let me know of any issues you encounter and I'll try to help.