[SOLVED] [Debian][beginner] Could I have deleted my firmware?
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[Debian][beginner] Could I have deleted my firmware?
I did a new net-work installation and needed firmware for the NIC (i.e. rtl8168e-1.fw). Put it on a pen-drive and got it the system installed. Because I couldn't have it hooked up to the internet after that, I decided to first remove all the packages I wouldn't use via aptitude. I also removed the desktop environment meta-package, which apparently also removed the display manager. I carelessly skipped over all the lib entries, which were set up for auto-removal because of no longer being depended upon. I used purge.
Now lsmod | grep rtl returns nothing, and I can't get any network connection (i.e. no address assigned by router.)
What could have happened? Could I have removed the firmware? If anyone could redirect me ASAP to a solution, I'd appreciate it very much.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
Without knowing exactly what happened the answer is a possible maybe, sorry I can't be more specific than that. Best thing to do is to do a complete reinstall and before you delete anything ask questions.
I did a clean install and had the exact same problem. It wasn't my noobiness with aptitude, it was that the firmware wasn't copied after the installation. I manually downloaded the package containing it, put it on a stick and installed it with dpkg -i.
The installer said which file was missing. I searched for packages containing that file on packages.debian.org.