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Old 08-04-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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problem with wireless on dell d600


Hello. I bought a used dell d600. I initially installed debian lxde on it, and then tried to set up wicd. I was unable to get this to pick up wireless signals. So I installed the default (gnome) on it (speaking of newly installing the OS). I did manage to get this working (specifically network-manager-gnome).

I figured that I had accidentally pressed the Fn-F2 key deactivating the wireless when I was attempting to press Alt-F2 to use the run application box. So I once again re-installed the lxde option (a new install). However, this time, I was not given the option to install non-free options for the wireless hardware. This is an option during the install that I had been given in all previous installations. I had used a usb-stick with firmware files that had several debian files on it. The one that it specifically wanted was ipw2x00. So, I installed this later, but not during the initial install. I'm not sure if this makes a difference, but it seems to.

I tried to set up wicd, and this failed. In doing so, I made sure that the Fn-F2 key was allowing wireless. Failing with wicd, I got rid of it, and install network-manager-gnome in lxde. However, this too is not working, even though in a previous install I had been able to get this to work.

I'm really hoping to get wicd working, but at this point, I'll settle for getting network-manager-gnome working. Any suggestions?

PS, when I initially set up wicd, I did follow the instructions at http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#Wicd

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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I have never seen Debian offer to install non-free soft ware on one of their install disks. Not saying it doesn't but find it hard to believe considering their removal of non-free stuff that is included in the Linux kernel.

If you have a wired connection, I assume you do as you installed the gnome package, you need to edit your sources list and install some things.

A sample of what it needs to look like;
Quote:
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
Run as root;
Code:
apt-get update
and;
Code:
apt-get install firmware-linux
you should actually have the free stuff but that is a meta package depending on both the free and non-free Debian packages.

Try setting it up again and if it works mark this solved. If not try the command in terminal and post the output here. Someone that knows more about wireless than I do will undoubtedly know what to do.

You need those non-free packages first of all.
 
Old 08-04-2011, 09:40 PM   #3
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I have the packages "firmware-linux-free" and "firmware-linux-nonfree" installed. Still no luck. I also, as I mentioned, installed firmware-ipw2x00. Regarding the Debian install being "hard to believe", feel free to read about it here -- "Installation via Debian Installer". As the site mentions, it prompted me for the ipw2100-1.3.fw driver. So, I used a usb-stick with the debs from the non-free firmware tarball. This did work the first time, but as I mentioned, the installer did not give such a prompt the second time.

The result of iwconfig is this:
Code:
root@debian:/home/mark# iwconfig
lo     no wireless extensions.

pan0   no wireless extensions.

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Old 08-04-2011, 10:51 PM   #4
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Okay, just to add some further information. dmesg gives the following:
Code:
ipw2100:  Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
ipw2100 0000:02:03.0:  firmware:  requesting ipw2100-1.3.fw
ipw2100:  eth0:  ipw2100_verify failed:  -5
ipw2100:  eth0:  Failed to power on the adapter.
ipw2100:  eth0:  Failed to start the firmware.
ipw2100Error calling register_netdev
ipw2100 0000:02:03.0: PCI INT A disabled
ipw2100:  probe of 0000:02:03.0 failed with error -5
I've been trying some of the suggestions at this site here. But, no luck. I guess I'll try a fresh install, and see if I have better luck this time.
 
Old 08-05-2011, 03:50 AM   #5
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1) Connect to your router using an ethernet cable
2) Enable the non-free repo.
3) Install the package "firmware-ipw2x00"
4) Reload the module

Code:
modprobe -r ipw2100 ; modprobe ipw2100
(Read the documentation for this - it's all in there: http://wiki.debian.org/ipw2200)

If the output of "iwconfig" gives you, e.g, "wlan0" then install wicd go into "preferences" and manually enter the interface name (it's always blank).

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:34 AM   #6
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Well, I did a fresh install (gnome this time) and still no luck. I get much the same:
Code:
root@debian:/home/mark# iwconfig
lo     no wireless extensions.

pan0   no wireless extensions.

root@debian:/home/mark# if config eth1 up
eth1:  ERROR while getting interface flags:  No such device
I have followed all the advice of the ipw2100 site, and have had no luck. All suggestions are welcome.
 
Old 08-05-2011, 05:06 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Caravel View Post
1) Connect to your router using an ethernet cable
Don't have ethernet. I do have dial-up, though. In fact, even if I did have a wired connection, another problem with the install seems to be that the Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5700 series 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Network Controller of the laptop was not recognized.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caravel View Post
2) Enable the non-free repo.
3) Install the package "firmware-ipw2x00"
Quote:
Originally Posted by mark_alfred View Post
I also, as I mentioned, installed firmware-ipw2x00.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caravel View Post
4) Reload the module

Code:
modprobe -r ipw2100 ; modprobe ipw2100
(Read the documentation for this - it's all in there: http://wiki.debian.org/ipw2200)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mark_alfred View Post
I've been trying some of the suggestions at this site here (wiki.debian.org/ipw2200). But, no luck.
In fact, I tried pretty well all of the suggestions there, including reloading the module. Still no luck. Thanks for the feedback, however. All ideas are appreciated.
 
Old 08-05-2011, 05:07 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by mark_alfred View Post
Well, I did a fresh install (gnome this time) and still no luck. I get much the same:
Code:
root@debian:/home/mark# iwconfig
lo     no wireless extensions.
pan0 no wireless extensions.
You've reinstalled several times... the outcome will be the same, i.e. missing firmware, so I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve with that...? Whatever desktop you install will make no difference to the wireless interface: hint the firmware is missing and thus the device is working - at all.

Have you checked output of

Code:
dmesg | grep firmware
again? Until you can post that here showing firmware being loaded, no one is going to be able to assist you (post #4 clearly shows that the firmware fails to load). Please show that firmware is loaded and device shows up in iwconfig - don't waste your time with different desktops, wicd or network-manager until then...

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Originally Posted by mark_alfred View Post
root@debian:/home/mark# if config eth1 up
eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device[/code]
There is no sense in trying to put up an interface which doesn't exist.

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Old 08-05-2011, 05:36 AM   #9
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Hello Caravell. Here's the dmesg:
Code:
root@debian:/home/mark# dmesg | grep firmware
[    5.941267] ipw2100 0000:02:03.0: firmware: requesting ipw2100-1.3.fw
[    6.293247] platform radeon_cp.0: firmware: requesting radeon/R200_cp.bin
[    6.320189] ipw2100: eth0: Failed to start the firmware.
root@debian:/home/mark#
Besides desperation, the only other reason I have tried reinstalling as a possible solution is from my past experience (which I mentioned in a previous post), in that during the initial installs, the Debian Installer recognized both the Broadcom NetXtreme Network card and it recognized the Wireless LAN 2100, requesting and installing ipw2100 from my usb-stick, and wireless worked (this capability of the Debian Installer is mentioned in the site you recommended.) Contrary to Steve McIntyre's claim that "d-i will do the right thing," recently the Debian Installer has NOT done the right thing. So, I've been trying the other ideas for "established systems" from the site you suggested.

Anyway, keep the ideas coming.

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Old 08-05-2011, 05:53 AM   #10
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apt-cache policy firmware-ipw2x00
Verify it's actually there, it should be in "/lib/firmware/ipw2100-1.3.fw"
 
Old 08-05-2011, 02:30 PM   #11
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Hello. Here's the result of the command you suggested, and some other exploratory commands I did:
Code:
root@debian:/media/usb# apt-cache policy firmware-ipw2x00 wireless-tools firmware-bnx2 firmware-bnx2x firmware-linux-nonfree firmware-linux-free wireless-tools:
  Installed: 30~pre9-5
  Candidate: 30~pre9-5
  Version table:
 *** 30~pre9-5 0
        500 cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.0 _Squeeze_ - Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110205-17:27]/ squeeze/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-linux-free:
  Installed: 2.6.32-30
  Candidate: 2.6.32-30
  Version table:
 *** 2.6.32-30 0
        500 cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.0 _Squeeze_ - Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110205-17:27]/ squeeze/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-bnx2:
  Installed: 0.28
  Candidate: 0.28
  Version table:
 *** 0.28 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-ipw2x00:
  Installed: 0.28
  Candidate: 0.28
  Version table:
 *** 0.28 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-linux-nonfree:
  Installed: 0.28
  Candidate: 0.28
  Version table:
 *** 0.28 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-bnx2x:
  Installed: 0.28
  Candidate: 0.28
  Version table:
 *** 0.28 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
root@debian:/media/usb# 

root@debian:/lib/firmware# ls
3com				    atmel_at76c503-rfmd.bin	  brcm			    kaweth	    r128	       sd8686_helper.bin
advansys			    atmel_at76c504_2958-wpa.bin   cf8385.bin		    keyspan_pda     radeon	       sd8688.bin
agere_ap_fw.bin			    atmel_at76c504a_2958-wpa.bin  cf8385_helper.bin	    lbtf_usb.bin    rt2561.bin	       sd8688_helper.bin
agere_sta_fw.bin		    atmel_at76c504.bin		  cis			    matrox	    rt2561s.bin        STLC2500_R4_00_03.ptc
ar7010_1_1.fw			    atmel_at76c504c-wpa.bin	  cxgb3			    mts_cdma.fw     rt2661.bin	       STLC2500_R4_00_06.ssf
ar7010.fw			    atmel_at76c505a-rfmd2958.bin  dabusb		    mts_edge.fw     rt2860.bin	       STLC2500_R4_02_02_WLAN.ssf
ar9170.fw			    atmel_at76c505-rfmd2958.bin   dsp56k		    mts_gsm.fw	    rt2870.bin	       STLC2500_R4_02_04.ptc
ar9271.fw			    atmel_at76c505-rfmd.bin	  dvb-fe-xc5000-1.6.114.fw  NPE-B	    rt3070.bin	       tehuti
ath3k-1.fw			    atmel_at76c506.bin		  dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw   NPE-B.01020201  rt3071.bin	       tigon
atmel_at76c502_3com.bin		    atmel_at76c506-wpa.bin	  e100			    NPE-C	    rt3090.bin	       usb8388.bin
atmel_at76c502_3com-wpa.bin	    av7110			  hp			    NPE-C.02020201  rt73.bin	       usb8682.bin
atmel_at76c502.bin		    BCM2033-FW.bin		  i2400m-fw-usb-1.4.sbcf    phanfw.bin	    RTL8192E	       v4l-cx2341x-dec.fw
atmel_at76c502d.bin		    BCM2033-MD.hex		  i2400m-fw-usb-1.5.sbcf    prism2_ru.fw    RTL8192SU	       v4l-cx2341x-enc.fw
atmel_at76c502d-wpa.bin		    bnx2			  i6050-fw-usb-1.5.sbcf     prism2_ru.hex   rtl_nic	       v4l-cx2341x-init.mpg
atmel_at76c502e.bin		    bnx2-06-4.0.5.fw		  ipw2100-1.3.fw	    ql2100_fw.bin   rtlwifi	       v4l-cx25840.fw
atmel_at76c502e-wpa.bin		    bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw		  ipw2100-1.3-i.fw	    ql2200_fw.bin   ru010803.hex       v4l-pvrusb2-24xxx-01.fw
atmel_at76c502-wpa.bin		    bnx2x			  ipw2100-1.3-p.fw	    ql2300_fw.bin   sd8385.bin	       v4l-pvrusb2-29xxx-01.fw
atmel_at76c503-i3861.bin	    bnx2x-e1-4.8.53.0.fw	  ipw2200-bss.fw	    ql2322_fw.bin   sd8385_helper.bin  zd1211
atmel_at76c503-i3863.bin	    bnx2x-e1-5.0.21.0.fw	  ipw2200-ibss.fw	    ql2400_fw.bin   sd8682.bin
atmel_at76c503-rfmd-0.90.2-140.bin  bnx2x-e1h-4.8.53.0.fw	  ipw2200-sniffer.fw	    ql2500_fw.bin   sd8682_helper.bin
atmel_at76c503-rfmd-acc.bin	    bnx2x-e1h-5.0.21.0.fw	  ipw2x00.LICENSE	    qlogic	    sd8686.bin

root@debian:/lib/firmware# locate tg3
/home/mark/tg3-3.116j-1.src.rpm
/lib/firmware/tigon/tg3.bin
/lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso.bin
/lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso5.bin
/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/net/tg3.ko

root@debian:/lib/firmware# cd /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/
root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers# ls
acpi   bluetooth    connector  dma	 gpu	ide	    isdn    media     misc  parport   power	 scsi	 staging    usb     w1
ata    cdrom	    cpufreq    edac	 hid	ieee802154  leds    memstick  mmc   pci       pps	 serial  telephony  uwb     watchdog
atm    char	    crypto     firewire  hwmon	infiniband  lguest  message   mtd   pcmcia    regulator  spi	 thermal    video
block  clocksource  dca        firmware  i2c	input	    md	    mfd       net   platform  rtc	 ssb	 uio	    virtio

root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers# cd firmware
root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/firmware# ls
dcdbas.ko  dell_rbu.ko	edd.ko	efivars.ko

root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/firmware# cd ..
root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers# cd net
root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/net# ls
3c501.ko    ac3200.ko	 bnx2x.ko     dnet.ko	   eth16i.ko	 igbvf		macvtap.ko     niu.ko	       pppox.ko        sfc	     sundance.ko    veth.ko
3c503.ko    acenic.ko	 bonding      dummy.ko	   ethoc.ko	 ipg.ko		mdio.ko        ns83820.ko      ppp_synctty.ko  sis190.ko     sungem.ko	    via-rhine.ko
3c505.ko    amd8111e.ko  bsd_comp.ko  e1000	   ewrk3.ko	 irda		mii.ko	       pcmcia	       qla3xxx.ko      sis900.ko     sungem_phy.ko  via-velocity.ko
3c507.ko    appletalk	 can	      e1000e	   fealnx.ko	 ixgb		mlx4	       pcnet32.ko      qlcnic	       skfp	     sunhme.ko	    virtio_net.ko
3c509.ko    arcnet	 cassini.ko   e100.ko	   forcedeth.ko  ixgbe		myri10ge       phy	       qlge	       skge.ko	     tehuti.ko	    vmxnet3
3c515.ko    at1700.ko	 chelsio      e2100.ko	   hamachi.ko	 jme.ko		natsemi.ko     plip.ko	       r6040.ko        sky2.ko	     tg3.ko	    vxge
3c59x.ko    atl1c	 cnic.ko      eepro.ko	   hamradio	 ks8842.ko	ne2k-pci.ko    ppp_async.ko    r8169.ko        slhc.ko	     tlan.ko	    wan
8139cp.ko   atl1e	 cs89x0.ko    eexpress.ko  hp100.ko	 ks8851.ko	ne.ko	       ppp_deflate.ko  rrunner.ko      slip.ko	     tokenring	    wd.ko
8139too.ko  atlx	 cxgb3	      enc28j60.ko  hp.ko	 ks8851_mll.ko	netconsole.ko  ppp_generic.ko  s2io.ko	       smc9194.ko    tulip	    wimax
82596.ko    b44.ko	 defxx.ko     enic	   hp-plus.ko	 lance.ko	netxen	       ppp_mppe.ko     sb1000.ko       smc-ultra.ko  tun.ko	    wireless
8390.ko     benet	 depca.ko     epic100.ko   ifb.ko	 lp486e.ko	ni52.ko        pppoe.ko        sc92031.ko      smsc9420.ko   typhoon.ko     yellowfin.ko
8390p.ko    bnx2.ko	 dl2k.ko      eql.ko	   igb		 macvlan.ko	ni65.ko        pppol2tp.ko     seeq8005.ko     starfire.ko   usb	    znet.ko

root@debian:/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-686/kernel/drivers/net# dmesg | grep firmware
[    5.322765] platform radeon_cp.0: firmware: requesting radeon/R200_cp.bin

root@debian:~# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
ipw2200               108368  0 
isofs                  24608  0 
udf                    62930  0 
crc_itu_t               1035  1 udf
nls_utf8                 908  1 
nls_cp437               4489  1 
vfat                    6570  1 
fat                    34912  1 vfat
acpi_cpufreq            4951  0 
cpufreq_userspace       1480  0 
cpufreq_powersave        602  0 
cpufreq_conservative     4018  0 
cpufreq_stats           1940  0 
ppdev                   4058  0 
lp                      5570  0 
sco                     5857  2 
bridge                 33019  0 
stp                      996  1 bridge
bnep                    7444  2 
l2cap                  21705  3 bnep
crc16                   1027  1 l2cap
bluetooth              36319  5 sco,bnep,l2cap
rfkill                 10264  3 bluetooth
binfmt_misc             4907  1 
uinput                  4796  1 
fuse                   44033  1 
loop                    9765  0 
ipw2100                53316  0 
libipw                 18439  2 ipw2200,ipw2100
lib80211                2870  2 ipw2200,libipw
snd_intel8x0           19595  1 
snd_intel8x0m           8100  0 
snd_ac97_codec         79148  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
ac97_bus                 710  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm                47226  3 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_ac97_codec
snd_seq                35463  0 
snd_timer              12258  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device          3673  1 snd_seq
pcmcia                 16194  0 
snd                    34375  9 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
radeon                511184  2 
ttm                    33386  1 radeon
drm_kms_helper         18309  1 radeon
drm                   112088  4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
joydev                  6739  0 
i2c_algo_bit            3497  1 radeon
i2c_core               12696  4 radeon,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit
yenta_socket           16403  4 
rsrc_nonstatic          7057  1 yenta_socket
rng_core                2178  0 
pcmcia_core            20450  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
soundcore               3450  1 snd
snd_page_alloc          5045  3 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_pcm
parport_pc             15799  1 
parport                22554  3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
shpchp                 21220  0 
evdev                   5609  14 
battery                 3782  0 
button                  3598  0 
ac                      1640  0 
dcdbas                  3892  0 
pcspkr                  1207  0 
video                  14605  0 
processor              26327  2 acpi_cpufreq
output                  1204  1 video
pci_hotplug            18065  1 shpchp
psmouse                44657  0 
serio_raw               2916  0 
ext3                   94212  2 
jbd                    32169  1 ext3
mbcache                 3762  1 ext3
usb_storage            30585  1 
sg                     15968  0 
sr_mod                 10770  0 
sd_mod                 25977  6 
crc_t10dif              1012  1 sd_mod
cdrom                  26487  1 sr_mod
ata_generic             2067  0 
uhci_hcd               16057  0 
ata_piix               17736  3 
ehci_hcd               27851  0 
thermal                 9206  0 
libata                115753  2 ata_generic,ata_piix
thermal_sys             9378  3 video,processor,thermal
usbcore                98453  4 usb_storage,uhci_hcd,ehci_hcd
scsi_mod              101429  5 usb_storage,sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata
nls_base                4541  7 isofs,udf,nls_utf8,nls_cp437,vfat,fat,usbcore
In searching the web, I found that this site here on devices and drivers for Dell's D600 suggested tg3 for the ethernet card and ipw2200 for the wireless. So, I made sure to have the tg3 and ipw2100 and ipw2200 drivers installed. Further, some sites recommended the bnx2 and bnx2x drivers for the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet card (rather than tg3), so I made sure to install these and modprobe them (which seemingly worked, but they don't appear in the lsmod command above -- likewise I suspect the only reason the ipw2100 and ipw2200 modules do appear is that I just recently modprobed them before doing the lsmod command -- of course it hardly matters since they're used by nothing anyway).

I had mentioned the install a while back. Interestingly, during the last install, it indicated that no network or ethernet cards were found, but gave me the chance to pick drivers to be installed from a list. So, I tried to pick tg3 (which was listed) and bnx2/x also listed, but it would not let me. I then tried to have it scan the usb-stick, which had all these files on it, but it said nothing was found. So, I continued, and it gave me an ominous warning about modules (the exact warning I can't offhand recall). Anyway, I also installed kernal headers and made sure the linux image was installed (it is). I think I'll submit a bug to the debian-install program.

Anyway, hopefully this will give some information as to what I should do. I'm not going to attempt another install. I'll just try to fix it (and if I ever get it working, I'll definitely leave it this time.)

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Old 08-07-2011, 02:49 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by mark_alfred View Post
I'm not going to attempt another install. I'll just try to fix it (and if I ever get it working, I'll definitely leave it this time.)
Hating to contradict myself, but I decided that there was nothing more that I could do to try and fix it. So, instead, I just turned off the computer, left it alone for the day while I went out and socialized with actual human beings, and then came back, and had another go at installing Debian. And this time, it indicated that it found both network devices (the Broadcom and the wireless), it scanned my usb-stick with the non-free driver for the wireless, and asked if I accepted the user-agreement for the non-free driver. I accepted. It then asked if I wanted wireless or the Broadcom ethernet device to be my default network connection, and I indicated that wireless should be it. Then, it installed Debian. AND, it was able to find the wireless connections -- from my neighbours, which are blocked to me, but this means that when I go to a cafe or a pub or the library or other place with free wifi, that I'll be able to use it.

Perhaps the computer was overworked, and needed a rest. Anyway, it did work. So, this is now solved.
 
  


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