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Old 08-09-2014, 08:52 AM   #1
noobular1
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Greetings! Wifi problem on Debian Live 7.6 Pendrive


Hello Everyone. My first post here on the Forum - obviously :-) About a year and half ago I decided it was time to jump off the MS wagon and jump in head first into the Linux universe. I started off with Ubuntu 10.? or the like then on to Mint 16 and that's where I've been until now.

I created a live Pendrive for Debian 7.6 and am test driving it currently on my HP Pavilion DM4 laptop. It has 750GB HD with 6GB memory. Now, just because I say I've been using Linux for 1-1/2 years by NO MEANS means that I am humming along comfortably and understanding all the details of Linux! I STILL am very uncomfortable doing anything in terminal. Need to learn how to use the command lines and the commands of course.

Having a problem getting wifi connection using the live USB of Debian at the moment. Since I wasn't able to obtain a wifi signal after dl'ing the ISO for the disro, placing on the USB stick, then running it on the laptop, I discovered that I failed to dl the firmware file for my wireless card (Intel Centrino 1030). So, I went to the site that I got the ISO for the live version and sure enough, there was a "Packages" file I needed PLUS the wifi firmware. They are both on the USB stick however, I am clueless how to "make them work"!!! This is probably something that needs carried out in Terminal I'm guessing. Please, any insight would sure make me a happy(er) man! :-)

PS: I will be on and off today but will most definitely be back to obtain some wisdom!
Dale
 
Old 08-09-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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Hi, Dale -

From https://wiki.debian.org/Firmware

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Before starting the installation process on hardware unfamiliar to you, a suggestion is to download the firmware tarball for your installation and unpack it into a directory named "firmware" in the root of a removable storage device. When the installer starts, it will automatically find the firmware files in the directory on the removable storage and, if needed, install the firmware for your hardware.
I have not had good luck with either the non-free CD *or* adding a firmware directory to the install media. The way I do it is create a directory named "firmware" on a second USB drive, unpack the firmware archive into it then plug both the thumb drives into the machine and boot the into installer. Debian should detect your hardware and install the firmware and correct drivers.

You can also boot the installer separately, plug in the drive containing the firmware and if necessary, mount the firmware drive manually - it needs to be mounted to /media but I find just booting the thing with both thumb drives plugged in works just fine.

Hope this helps -
 
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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Hi, Dale -

From https://wiki.debian.org/Firmware



I have not had good luck with either the non-free CD *or* adding a firmware directory to the install media. The way I do it is create a directory named "firmware" on a second USB drive, unpack the firmware archive into it then plug both the thumb drives into the machine and boot the into installer. Debian should detect your hardware and install the firmware and correct drivers.

You can also boot the installer separately, plug in the drive containing the firmware and if necessary, mount the firmware drive manually - it needs to be mounted to /media but I find just booting the thing with both thumb drives plugged in works just fine.

Hope this helps -
Thank you for this info. I will see what I can do with it now! (Or later on this weekend)
 
Old 08-10-2014, 01:43 AM   #4
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So, I went to the site that I got the ISO for the live version and sure enough, there was a "Packages" file I needed PLUS the wifi firmware.
Is it a .deb file? Can you see it in the file manager?
You can download it & save to cd/usb if you didn't make usb with persistance.
Open using Gdebi & it will install but won't last thru reboot.
https://packages.debian.org/wheezy/a...lwifi/download
If you,re trying to use it to install debian I can't help you there as I've never gotten the installer to find the unpacked firmware.

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