People I have tried everything and have mucked up the E Os installs three times based on these forums. Nothing personal but my other linux builds work fine with no problems. I thought EOS was a stronger build but that is yet to be determined. The ethernet shows up but no matter how many times I update the drivers or update the kernel. WIFI simply doesn't show up on this Lenovo desktop tower. I would really really appreciate any help before I slap give up and dump this build...


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Please update your question with your hardware specifications (Which desktop/laptop, exactly hardware components, etc.)

Also provide us the output of sudo lshw, most important here would be sudo lshw -C network.

Which version of eOS are you using? Have you done the updates? (sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y && sudo apt-get autoremove -y && sudo apt-get autoclean -y or similar)

  • LenovoAMD A9-9425 Radeon R5 Aug 6, 2019 at 22:24
  • LenovoAMD A9-9425 Radeon R5, 5 Compute Cores 2C+3G 3.10GHz. RAM 4 G. 64-bit, Windows 10 & Elementary OS 5.0 Juno, Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC. I also ran those updates you mentioned and received only one error. But still nothing... I really hopes this helps. I know Debian will work but I really want E OS to work... Aug 6, 2019 at 22:32
  • *-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: RTL8821CE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0 version: 00 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: ioport:e000(size=256) memory:fea00000-fea0ffff Aug 6, 2019 at 22:42
  • So it is an known issue with RTL8821CE Network controller. In my opinion you have two possibilities: 1) Try the way descripte in github.com/tomaspinho/rtl8821ce 2) Try to download driver from github.com/alanfox2000/realtek-linux/tree/master/RTL8821CE Both options seems to work, I would start with option 2. Inside the zip files there is an install.sh, so just execute it with sudo priviliges. I am not able to check it, because I do not have this network controller. Aug 7, 2019 at 6:13

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