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Compaq Presario CQ56 WiFi issue

Postby NRI on Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:17 pm

Hi everybody!

For a friend, I am trying to set up LMDE on a Compaq Presario CQ56 and can't get the WiFi to work. After countless hours on the Internet and no solution at all, I am asking the community for guidance. It's a 64 bit machine and the result of inxi -F is as follows:
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System:    Host compaq Kernel 2.6.39-2-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Distro Linux Mint Debian Edition
CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron 900 (-UP-) cache 1024 KB flags (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips 4389.78 clocked at 2194.892 MHz
Graphics:  Card Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.10.2.902 Res: 1366x768@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset   GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 7.10.3 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver HDA Intel BusID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.24
Network:   Card-1 Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI at port 2000 BusID: 03:00.0
           Card-2 Realtek RTL8191SEvA Wireless LAN Controller driver rtl8192se at port 3000 BusID: 02:00.0
Disks:     HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (1.5% used) 1: /dev/sda Hitachi_HTS54502 250.1GB 0C
Partition: ID:/ size: 114G used: 3.5G (4%) fs: ext4
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes 119 Uptime 56 min Memory 257.6/1944.2MB Runlevel 2 Client Shell inxi 1.4.23


lspci -v:
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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 44
   Memory at 90000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
   Memory at 80000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
   I/O ports at 4110 [size=8]
   Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: i915

00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
   Memory at 92400000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
   Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
   I/O ports at 40e0 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
   I/O ports at 40c0 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
   Memory at 94505c00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 45
   Memory at 94500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
   Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
   I/O behind bridge: 00003000-00003fff
   Memory behind bridge: 93500000-944fffff
   Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000090400000-00000000913fffff
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
   Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
   I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00002fff
   Memory behind bridge: 92500000-934fffff
   Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000091400000-00000000923fffff
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
   I/O ports at 40a0 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
   I/O ports at 4080 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
   I/O ports at 4060 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
   I/O ports at 4040 [size=32]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
   Memory at 94505800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
   Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=04, sec-latency=32
   Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
   Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 43
   I/O ports at 4108 [size=8]
   I/O ports at 411c [size=4]
   I/O ports at 4100 [size=8]
   I/O ports at 4118 [size=4]
   I/O ports at 4020 [size=32]
   Memory at 94505000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 18
   Memory at 94506000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
   I/O ports at 4000 [size=32]
   Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus

00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) Thermal Subsystem (rev 03)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 11
   Memory at 94504000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>

02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvA Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1467
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
   I/O ports at 3000 [size=256]
   Memory at 93500000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: rtl8192se

03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1605
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 42
   I/O ports at 2000 [size=256]
   Memory at 91410000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
   Memory at 91400000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=64K]
   Expansion ROM at 91420000 [disabled] [size=64K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: r8169


Also, I downloaded the driver from Realtek here: http://www.realtek.com/Downloads/downlo ... Down=false

Strangely enough, the LiveCD of Xubuntu 10.04 works out of the box.

Any guidance/advise will be very much appreciated.
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Re: Compaq Presario CQ56 WiFi issue

Postby leonsegal on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:40 pm

Hi

I have the same problem - did you solve it?

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More info for anyone who wants to help(!):

lspci | grep Network
02:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 5390

uname -r
2.6.38-8-generic

there is a hotkey (F12) which turns the light from white (on) to red (off) when pressed but i just cant connect to the internet through the wireless card!

I tried this: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.p ... 00178.html and this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1645716

but neither worked (please ask for more details, not sure what people would want)

stuck now and relatively new to linux - my last venture was redhat 3 (I think)!

have already given up on ubuntu studio due to no sound...dont want to go to ubuntu, please help!
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Re: Compaq Presario CQ56 WiFi issue

Postby NRI on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:50 pm

Well, after doing some more research, I found that this particular card apparently isn't supported by the Linux kernel. So, my end solution was to wipe everything and install Windows 7 64 bit on it, as much as it pained me.

You could try to purchase a WiFi dongle, which can be fairly small, and use that. Most of them are either supported right out of the box or have a Linux driver included. This was a solution that didn't work for my friend, though. :(
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Re: Compaq Presario CQ56 WiFi issue

Postby broaska on Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:30 pm

Here is how I got this working on the Presario CQ56. I am using the Wifi on it right now to post this. This is on Linux Mint Debian Edition

go here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/DOWNLOADS/dow ... Down=false
download the second file in the list. RTL8191SE-VA2, You will have to select the linux driver on the second page depending on your kernel verison etc.

extract the file
Change to the driver directory
sudo su
make
make install
reboot

:)
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