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How to run CentOS 8 on Acer Aspire 6920G

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Acer Aspire 6920G is now an ancient laptop, but I still own one so this article is quite personal 🙂

I had no use for it, so decided to give it a spin for a fresh install of CentOS 8 while my Macbook Air is undergoing repair.

Let’s see what happened and how I got things running smoothly on it.

This post still might be useful to some who also still own the machine.

Getting Wi-Fi to work

sudo dnf install crda

This part is required to install the regulatory compliance database for 802.11 wireless networking, at /usr/lib/firmware/regulatory.db.

In RHEL 8, support for iwl4965 (read: Intel Wireless module (4965AGN)) was removed.
So we can get a kmod (matching kernel module package) from a third-party repository (see elrepo ticket):

sudo dnf install https://www.elrepo.org/elrepo-release-8.0-2.el8.elrepo.noarch.rpm (external link)
sudo dnf install kmod-iwlegacy
modprobe iwl4965

The Wi-Fi adapter should be now available for setting things up.

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