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    piCorePlayer & RTL8188eus wifi dongle

    Hello.

    I got a USB dongle off ebay. the mini DVD that came with it seems to point to its chipset being RTL8188eus.

    I am at a loss as to how to make this work with picoreplayer. if this changes anything I am using piCorePlayer 5.0.0 w/ kernel 4.19.40-pcpCore on this specific unit (not that I cannot install another version if anything would help...)

    I read on https://www.picoreplayer.org/main_news.shtml the mention "Added driver for rtl8188eu chipset" on piCorePlayer 4.0.0 (Kernel 4.14.56) and figured I should be able to get this running, but alas it seems it is not plug and play.

    If anyone has any pointers on how I should be proceeding, this would be greatly appreciated.

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    I added a driver, but I donĺt have a device to test. Also not sure if the eu is the same as the eus. There are quite a few drivers floating around for these cards, who knows which ones work the best.

    Can you give me usb information......just look at dmesg, there will be several lines of code with information about the device.
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    Hello Paul, thanks for helping out.

    I am a bit confused about this device, the ebay ad talked about RT5370c in its title, but the disc that came with the device (in a non-descript packaging with no brand name) stated RTL8188eus in its drivers. For what it's worth, there is an linux folder, in which there is no drivers but what looks like source code to compile one.

    here's what happen when I dmesg | grep -i usb right after boot:

    Code:
    tc@TestPlayer:~$ dmesg | grep -i usb
    [    0.000000] Kernel command line: coherent_pool=1M bcm2708_fb.fbwidth=656 bcm2708_fb.fbheight=416 bcm2708_fb.fbdepth=16 bcm2708_fb.fbswap=1 vc_mem.mem_base=0x1fa00000 vc_mem.mem_size=0x20000000  host=TestPlayer nodhcp tz=EST5EDT,M3.2.0,M11.1.0 dwc_otg.fiq_fsm_mask=0xF dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=tty1 root=/dev/ram0 elevator=deadline rootwait quiet nortc loglevel=3 noembed smsc95xx.turbo_mode=N noswap consoleblank=0 waitusb=2
    [    0.138824] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
    [    0.138924] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
    [    0.139147] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
    [    1.032267] usbcore: registered new interface driver smsc95xx
    [    1.060361] dwc_otg 20980000.usb: base=(ptrval)
    [    1.462741] dwc_otg 20980000.usb: DWC OTG Controller
    [    1.462839] dwc_otg 20980000.usb: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
    [    1.462910] dwc_otg 20980000.usb: irq 56, io mem 0x00000000
    [    1.463379] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0002, bcdDevice= 4.19
    [    1.463398] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
    [    1.463409] usb usb1: Product: DWC OTG Controller
    [    1.463419] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 4.19.40-pcpCore dwc_otg_hcd
    [    1.463429] usb usb1: SerialNumber: 20980000.usb
    [    1.464606] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
    [    1.466341] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
    [    1.471352] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
    [    1.471362] usbhid: USB HID core driver
    [    2.003622] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using dwc_otg
    [    2.324146] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=9514, bcdDevice= 2.00
    [    2.324168] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
    [    2.325448] hub 1-1:1.0: USB hub found
    [    2.643893] usb 1-1.1: new high-speed USB device number 3 using dwc_otg
    [    2.774129] usb 1-1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=ec00, bcdDevice= 2.00
    [    2.774152] usb 1-1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
    [    2.874337] smsc95xx 1-1.1:1.0 eth0: register 'smsc95xx' at usb-20980000.usb-1.1, smsc95xx USB 2.0 Ethernet, b8:27:eb:7e:cd:be
    [    2.973638] usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
    [    3.104946] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=f179, bcdDevice= 0.00
    [    3.104973] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [    3.104985] usb 1-1.2: Product: 802.11n
    [    3.104995] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Realtek
    [    3.105005] usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 00E0262E5ADC
    [    3.203677] usb 1-1.3: new low-speed USB device number 5 using dwc_otg
    [    3.351305] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0023, bcdDevice= 1.10
    [    3.351323] usb 1-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
    [    3.351334] usb 1-1.3: Product: USB Keykoard
    [    3.351348] usb 1-1.3: Manufacturer: USB
    [    3.360175] input: USB USB Keykoard as /devices/platform/soc/20980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.3/1-1.3:1.0/0003:1A2C:0023.0001/input/input0
    [    3.424588] hid-generic 0003:1A2C:0023.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [USB USB Keykoard] on usb-20980000.usb-1.3/input0
    [    3.430804] input: USB USB Keykoard Consumer Control as /devices/platform/soc/20980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.3/1-1.3:1.1/0003:1A2C:0023.0002/input/input1
    [    3.494059] input: USB USB Keykoard System Control as /devices/platform/soc/20980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.3/1-1.3:1.1/0003:1A2C:0023.0002/input/input2
    [    3.494602] hid-generic 0003:1A2C:0023.0002: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.10 Device [USB USB Keykoard] on usb-20980000.usb-1.3/input1
    not quite sure what's interesting to see in there, if you could point me in the right direction that would be great.

    Thanks a lot

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    I guess the interesting information for the wifi dongle would be this??

    Code:
    [    2.973638] usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
    [    3.104946] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=f179, bcdDevice= 0.00
    [    3.104973] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [    3.104985] usb 1-1.2: Product: 802.11n
    [    3.104995] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Realtek
    [    3.105005] usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 00E0262E5ADC
    is there anything else useful in there?

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    As suspected, that chip is not compatible with 8188eus driver. The driver for this is listed as 8188fu.....That is the only card using that driver, there are no other MFG's using that chipset.

    This appears to be the most up to date version of the driver......

    https://github.com/kelebek333/rtl8188fu
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    Paul, I am a little at a loss about installing anything from the outside world to piCorePlayer - even apt-get isn't there. I understand it is due to the minimilastic property of the core (and it makes sense) but... I am a bit at a loss about installing.

    How should I go about installing this?


    Thanks a lot.


    Also, how can you identify the driver from what I posted??
    Last edited by Marsupial; 2019-12-23 at 15:58.

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    Sure! It's the least I can do.

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/150M-USB-WiF...Y/333321135306

    Thanks a lot for helping out.
    Last edited by Marsupial; 2019-12-26 at 18:29.

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    Paul, do you want me to perform additional tests?

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