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Old 07-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Can't get USB wireless adaptor working in Debian. I know it does work. Help?

Hey guys. I'm currently on Lubuntu, connected to the internet using a 'Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2070 Wireless Adapter'. The driver automatically installed in all *buntu variants so I know the adaptor is working.

I'm trying to install the Debian netinstall via USB, but during installation it asks for the file 'rt2870.bin', which is the driver for my adaptor, to be present. After much searching, I found the file and put it on the USB drive but it still won't detect it.

Two questions... Where do I put the file 'rt2870.bin' if it won't detect it in the root?


Can I copy my driver from Lubuntu somehow and insert it into Debian via the CLI?

Thanks for your help. This is doing my nut in

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Old 07-10-2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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try /lib/firmware
Old 07-10-2012, 01:46 AM   #3
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umm if still issue try a firmware image...I can't edit
Old 07-10-2012, 02:10 AM   #4
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I guess you should download the complete package that contains the file ( and put it on the usb stick. See where the other packages are located and dump it along side.
Also be sure to select non-free when setting up your repository. This will make sure that the needed firmware is also installed into the done installed system.

I guess you need the firmware to load your nic to get the system to install from the network?
Old 07-11-2012, 06:25 AM   #5
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Hello guys. I put the package from the Debian repositories in the lib/firmware folder. It said it couldn't find it, but once the system installed it detected the wireless card. Thanks for the help


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