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Old 07-31-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
stevorobs3
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Tenda Wireless Card w54p


Hey,

I have just installed my first linux (debian) OS on a new setup. I am having a few issues though...

My wireless card gives the message "device not ready (firmware missing)" under the wireless networks tab in the top right hand corner of the desktop.

I cannot find the firmware or drivers anywhere - is this even the issue?

As a side note, i tried installing the drivers for the motherboard but I cant seem to run any of the .exe files. when i try to run them it gives the message "cannot execute binary file".

Are these related issues?


Any help ideas would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
 
Old 08-01-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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i would recommend you a Ubuntu setup. Sorry that may work it out. also check this thread

4 ways to get wifi working on linux
 
Old 08-03-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, ubuntu seems to be much more novice friendly.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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.exe files. are windows only files they will never run on linux.

Do a "lspci" so you will know what card you are running. it will most likely be at the bottom.

When you find out the card type google "driver for ??card" then you will know what driver you need.

Next do a "lsmod" and look if that driver was loaded on startup.

If it is loaded do a "ifconfig" and it will show up a wlan0 with no essid.

If it is not loaded, find the driver and download, then "modprobe" the driver, then "lsmod"
to see if it is loaded, if it is now you should be ready for networkmanager.

Last edited by zrdc28; 08-05-2013 at 11:10 PM. Reason: update
 
Old 08-05-2013, 11:15 PM   #5
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Hi,

congratulations on installing Debian. It looks like you have a wireless device that requires some non-free firmware to run. This in itself is not a big issue, but Debian does not include this on the default installation images so you'll have to install it now. We can help. The first step is to determine what wireless device you have. To do so, open a terminal and run the following command.

Code:
lspci |grep -i net
This should output one line for each network device your computer has. Please post the output here on the forum so that we can determine which firmware package you need.

In preparation for the next step, can you tell us if you have a working wired network connection for the Debian machine? If yes then installing the firmware will be trivial, if not you'll probably need a usb stick or similar to transfer the file from some other machine (where you already downloaded the file).

Cheers,

Evo2.

PS. As already mentioned please forget about any exe files you have downloaded.
PPS. If you have not already found it wiki.debian.org is a great resource for people running Debian
 
Old 08-06-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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Hi,

Thank for your reply, shamefully I just went for the easier option and installed Ubuntu.

cheers,

Steve
 
Old 08-06-2013, 03:05 AM   #7
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Hi,
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevorobs3 View Post
Thank for your reply, shamefully I just went for the easier option and installed Ubuntu.
I thought there must be an appropriate Yoda dark side quote to reply to this but I couldn't find one :-(

Anyway if one of the six monthly upgrades fails (as I'm told they often do), keep Debian in mind for the reinstall.

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
  


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