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Old 12-06-2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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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.
 
Old 12-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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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.
 
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That wasn't the answer I was looking for, but maybe the answer I needed... Thanks.
 
Old 12-07-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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Deleted your firmware? I don't think you will be able to delete your firmware if you're only doing on the application layer.

Just find a network driver for your Linux box and it should be fine.

or check out this link to find your network card: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-f...card-is-using/

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Old 12-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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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.
 
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That's strange, if you had a usb stick with the firmware on it in a folder named firmware the installer should have installed it off the usb stick.

@JJJCR, A long time ago in a country far far away I deleted (uninstalled) my (non-free) firmware. It can happen.
 
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Nope, didn't make the folder; just put it in the root of the installation medium. Thanks for the advice.
 
  


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