I've got a VivoPC VM62N-G050R, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1131163-REG/asus_vivopc_vm62n_g050r_mini_desktop.html (link provided just for info, neither recommending nor dis-recommending this particular vendor). Wired/wireless both work under its pre-installed win8.1, which I've got dual-booting with linux slackware 14.1x64, installed uefi/gpt. It's a vanilla slackware 14.1x64, except upgraded to kernel 4.1.6 (in an attempt to solve the problem below).

Wired networking works fine (as does everything else, afaict), but wireless is no-go; in fact, box hangs (requiring a cold start) when I try to iwconfig it. The googling I've done suggests the box's wireless chipset, details below, just isn't supported (though someone suggested the kernel upgrade I mentioned above, but that didn't work for me). I'm posting here in one last effort, hoping somebody knows of a linux driver/module/whatever to get this working. Details of chipset...

lspci -nnk gives:

---wired controller (no problem)---
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 11)
        Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:859e]
        Kernel driver in use: r8169
        Kernel modules: r8169
---wireless (this is the problem)---
04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8821]
        Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:85b4]
        Kernel driver in use: rtl8821ae
        Kernel modules: rtl8821ae
And iw list gives lots of the usual output (which I'll provide if requested), suggesting it ought to work, but it doesn't (not for me, at least). Any suggestions??? Thanks, John.

As per Rui's comment below, I'm adding

iwconfig gives:

eth0      no wireless extensions.
wlan0     IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:off/any
          Mode:Managed  Access Point:Not-Associated  Tx-Power=0 dBm
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr=2347 B   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:on
lo        no wireless extensions.

lsmod gives lots; I think the relevant lines are (I'll be happy to post all 99 if requested)...

rtl8821ae             215045  0
btcoexist              40784  1 rtl8821ae
rtl_pci                18724  1 rtl8821ae
rtlwifi                56083  2 rtl_pci,rtl8821ae

  • You would better show us the ouput of "sudo lsmod" and "sudo iwconfig" – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 25 '15 at 2:25
  • Obviously the chipset is supported, in so much as you have wlan0 and the module installed. the wifi client is not configured. – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 25 '15 at 3:11
  • and if your try this? if it hangs, which command and any errors? ezzata.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/… – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 25 '15 at 3:19
  • "sudo uname -r" please – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 25 '15 at 3:23
  • Thanks, Rui. uname -r is 4.1.6 (I'd upgraded kernel from stock slackware 14.1) And thanks for ezzata.wordpress.com/2012/1/12/… link. Slack wireless config is indeed a pain, but I've already got it working on a whitebox with an Asus Z87I-Deluxe mb, so I think (emphasize "think":) I know how to do it. And google comments that it's not supported are mostly with respect to ubuntu, so other people using other distros seem to have had similar problems. Anyway, I'm not ruling out anything (except flying saucer interference). – John Forkosh Nov 25 '15 at 3:49

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