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Old 03-22-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Question Debian Installer Doesn't See Broadcom NIC's


I did a quick Google search and found a few old reports of bugs and miscellaneous postings but nothing hit specifically to my issue. My Dell PowerEdge 2950 server has Broadcom NIC's onboard and when I try to install a fresh ISO of Squeeze and then I tried even Wheezy and both came back and had issues recognizing my NIC's. They asked me to load additional firmware for drivers which I obviously don't have from Dell since they only support Windows O.S. Is there a method or some how I can successfully do a network install (netinst) on this hardware?
 
Old 03-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #2
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The drivers don't necessarily come from dell. Debian removed all non-free firmware into a separate package that you have to supply at install time. See the Installation Guide.

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Helpful link. I'm checking that now.
 
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You might just download the package firmware-linux-nonfree and be done with it.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 12:27 PM   #5
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You might just download the package firmware-linux-nonfree and be done with it.
What do mean by this? Are you saying the server might try and download that file itself and move forward with the installation of is this an alternative to loading this on a USB flash drive?
 
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No, I just meant you could download the *.deb package from the Debian website instead of the tar.gz file. http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/a...nfree/download
 
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Oh I just downloaded the entire tarball and extracted it on the USB (fat16) flash drive and it worked great.

Thank you so much again!
 
  


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