Originally Posted by ggutknecht
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:
...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:
..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.