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Install .ucode firmware wifi driver

asked 2017-12-21 01:05:54 -0500

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updated 2018-01-16 01:46:23 -0500

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Hello, I have a laptop Lenovo Y720 with Intel 8265 wifi adapter.

As I installed fedora, there is wifi switch in upright screen corner, which says WiFi Off. Then I click it to turn WiFi on, but when I open that small window in corner, the button still says WiFi Off... I suspect that I don't have appropriate drivers for this WiFi card.

I downloaded driver (package iwlwifi-8265-ucode-22.361476.0.tgz) from here

Inside the package there is .ucode file (I think that's the actual driver), license and readme files. I was searching the Internet for days trying to install driver, only thing I could do was paste .ucode file in /lib/firmware/ but then event after rebooting system WiFi won't work.

As I was using windows usually, and had tried Fedora earlier but on different machine with no issues, I'm unfamiliar to such problems. I expect something similar to windows drivers - download - dbl click - next next next.. Installed. Basically I don't even understand what is my situation now and what and how should I do. I don't know how to update kernel, modify kernel or some configurations. Also why I should update kernel if I just installed feroda latest version 27. I would appreciate if someone could help me solve this issue by little steps, because I wanted to use fedora and not Ubuntu / Mint etc... So far I tried lspci and my wifi card is listed there.

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the iwlwifi need to load the firmware

Rabin gravatar imageRabin ( 2017-12-21 09:45:08 -0500 )edit

Can you explain more broadly what my further steps would be to make iwlwifi to load the .ucode file? When does it load that firmware ( at what point, event ).

ignas gravatar imageignas ( 2017-12-21 11:01:00 -0500 )edit

I'm not 100% sure how it works but when you load the iwlwifi module with modprobe iwlwifi it will know which firmware it needs to read for the specific card.

Rabin gravatar imageRabin ( 2018-01-15 15:35:11 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-01-16 01:33:47 -0500

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updated 2018-01-16 14:22:16 -0500

The wifi card is supported by Fedora; Check all switch in your laptop; maybe you need power on.... if not then you can update to current firmware...

Download the updated firmware

1) wget -c


2) tar xmzvf linux-firmware-iwlwifi-fw-2017-11-15.tar.gz -C $PWD

Make build directories

3) mkdir -p $HOME/iwlwifi

Now the build

4) pushd linux-firmware-iwlwifi-fw-2017-11-15/

5) make -j 4 DESTDIR=$HOME/iwlwifi   FIRMWAREDIR=/usr/lib/firmware install

6) rm -f "$HOME/iwlwifi/usr/lib/firmware/"{Makefile,README,configure,GPL-3}

7) install -d "$HOME/iwlwifi/usr/share/licenses/linux-firmware"

8) install -Dm644 LICEN* WHENCE "$HOME/iwlwifi/usr/share/licenses/linux-firmware/"

Trigger a microcode reload for configurations not using early updates

9) install -d "$HOME/iwlwifi/usr/lib/tmpfiles.d"

10) echo 'w /sys/devices/system/cpu/microcode/reload - - - - 1'  > "$HOME/iwlwifi/usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/linux-firmware.conf"

11) popd

Now the installation

a) pushd $HOME/iwlwifi

b) su

c) cp -nr * /

d) popd

Now reboot! and cross fingers!

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answered 2018-01-15 11:20:06 -0500

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So... Can anyone help me? I still can't solve this problem. I don't have wifi on my fedora. I think I'll just have to try differend distributions but I really wanted to use fedore because it is not that popular.

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Patience is a virtue. Here we all help voluntarily; Now if you want support you are wrong (Pay for it.) Good trip, if you plan to change distribution. Threatens to leave is childish..

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2018-01-16 02:04:30 -0500 )edit

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