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Fedora 13, hp620, realtek 8171

I recently bought new laptop HP620 & without OS. This machine is  “office-book” category

After installation Fedora 13 there was an WiFi issue which I successfully solved. I’d like to share my solutions with you guys:

Wireless networking (no wifi available in NetworkManager):
WiFi card which lspci represented as:

  02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8171 (rev 10)

basically this 8171 is equal to RTL8191SE (nowadays RTL8191SE-VA2).
So this driver is needed (download it) :
Then utar it (tar -zxvpf rtl8192se-xyz.tar.gz )

Few more tools are required ( yum -y install kernel-devel make gcc )

  make; make install; reboot

Finally wifi networks appeared in NetworkManager


25 August, 2010 - Posted by | Linux


  1. Thank you so much for posting this!!!

    Comment by Mauricio | 24 September, 2010

  2. Thank you for the tip!

    Comment by rodrigo | 17 October, 2010

  3. Help me. How do work webcamera (input) on HP 620 Fedora 13?

    Comment by Artem | 27 October, 2010

  4. @Artem
    Webcam works for me pretty well right out of the box.
    I used app Cheese or Skype.

    Comment by Jacob | 1 November, 2010

  5. Hello,

    I followed this, but failed.

    $ make
    make: *** /lib/modules/ No such file or directory. Stop.
    make: *** [all] Error 2

    $ ll /lib/modules/
    $ /lib/modules/ -> ../../../usr/src/kernels/

    on my computer, Fedoral 13 was installed, kernel shoul be: /usr/src/kernels/

    I am confused.

    Would you please so kind to help me figure out this?

    Best Regards,


    Comment by huanle | 19 January, 2011

  6. to #5:
    Huanle, there is missing right package kernel-devel & probably kernel-headers. You should update kernel & install two pakages from above. (remember you’ll need to restart computer to load new kernel).

    Comment by Kfac | 23 January, 2011

  7. Maaaaannnn thanks a lot for that!!!!! :)))) you’re greaaattt…its work :))

    Comment by Ivaylo | 4 February, 2011

  8. Hi Kfac,

    Thanks for your kind reply.

    Package kernel-headers- already installed and latest version;

    Package kernel-devel- already installed and latest version

    gcc is also the latest version;

    i still have the same problem.

    please help me.

    Comment by huanle | 4 April, 2011

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