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Old 02-22-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
ggutknecht
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Help Please Debian


I am attempting to install debian to a desktop and It is not configuring my wireless adapter. I am including the error messages as follows:

"missing firm ware file htc-9271.fw"
"Network is probably not using dhcp protocol, network may be slow or hardare not working properly"

I attempted to go to /etc/network/interfaces as root however it says I do not have permission. I then tried adding a new user then going to visudo to add permissions but am unable to insert anything using the (i) command. So at this point I am at a loss.

Any help is greatly appreciated and thank you for your time.
 
Old 02-22-2015, 03:29 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by ggutknecht View Post
I am attempting to install debian to a desktop and It is not configuring my wireless adapter. I am including the error messages as follows:

"missing firm ware file htc-9271.fw"
"Network is probably not using dhcp protocol, network may be slow or hardare not working properly"

I attempted to go to /etc/network/interfaces as root however it says I do not have permission. I then tried adding a new user then going to visudo to add permissions but am unable to insert anything using the (i) command. So at this point I am at a loss.
You don't say what version of Debian you're using, but just putting that error into Google pulls up a link on the Debian site:
https://packages.debian.org/search?s...ds=htc_9271.fw

...with a link to the package that you need. That package name is "firmware-atheros", and is part of the firmware file you can find here:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/un...free/firmware/

..for whatever version of Debian you're using. Install it with "sudo dpkg --install <whatever package name>". You can't edit that file, because you're not logged in as root, so you don't have rights. This is the same thing as with Windows, and not having administrator rights. So, preface commands with "sudo", and you will be prompted for your password, and you'll have temporary rights to run that command.
 
Old 02-22-2015, 04:25 PM   #3
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I appreciate your quick response and the links. I will research further. As far as not being logged in as root I was logged in as root and still do not have permission. I have since wondered if the wireless adapter was bad because I am getting the same error message when attempting to install Kali so I plugged into another computer and the adapter is good so at least I have ruled that out as a problem. When I was running Fedora 20 it worked fine. It was when I installed Debian wheezy 7 that this problem occurred.
 
Old 02-22-2015, 04:28 PM   #4
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Try using one of the unofficial ISO images with the non-free firmware included:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/un...ding-firmware/
 
  


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