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Old 12-02-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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new install - no ethernet

just installed debian 6.0.6 i389
did not detect ethernet card during install
so i installed with out.

seached forums and it said to run lspci |grep -i eth

which showed Ethernet Controller
Atheros Comminications Device 1083 (rev c0)

what can i do to get ethernet connection working

thankx in advance.
Old 12-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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You need the Atheros driver. You can find it in the non-free repository. Enable the non-free and contrib repo's, the Debian package is here:

Download then install it, with dpkg:
dpkg -i firmware-atheros
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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As i stated just installed- debian 6.0.6
set the hostname root password and user name and password during install.
tried to run sudo to try and install the atheros package.

But would not recognise my password.
Did some reading and found i have to edit the sudoers file in /etc/sudoers

<username> ALL=(ALL) ALL
Replace <username> with the username.

Is this correct but i cannot access the file.

i did a new install to make sure this was happening
and changed the root password with this below to make sure
it was not me but still cannot access root in terminal with sudo.
i beleive this is what i have to do.

Add your new user to the sudoers file. This allows this user to use elevated privileges when needed to do things that normally only the root user could do.

what i used to change root password not that it gave me access in terminal
with the new password. Have done another fresh install still same problem.

Boot into grub, select single user but do not press enter.
Press e to bring you into edit mode.
Scroll down to the kernel line, it starts with “linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6…….”
Scroll to the end of that line and press space key once and type


Press Crtl x to boot

$ remount / as rw

$ mount -rw -o remount /

Change password with

$ passwd

type your new password, hit enter and reboot.

Last edited by norlane; 12-04-2012 at 08:37 PM.
Old 12-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #4
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I'm not sure I get what's going on. But to me the whole sudo thing is more of the Ubuntu way of doing things.

I've had problems in the past with setting the passwords during installation. I had to boot into single user mode to fix the passwords for boot root and user.
Old 12-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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I agree with replica9000. Forget the sudo nonsense. When you need root access, log in as root with su and log out after completing your task.


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