In some cases, firmware supplied on removable media may not be detected automatically e. Historically, firmware were built-into the device’s ROM or Flash memory, but more and more often, the firmware has to be loaded into the device by the driver during the device initialization. However, if the installed system runs a different kernel version from the installer there is a slight chance that the firmware cannot be loaded due to version skew. Any firmware loaded during the installation will be copied automatically to the installed system. To use the wireless card, I needed the package firmware-iwlwifi. Once the network is configured, Debian-Installer can fetch firmware from Debian repositories.

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I advise you to not use network-manager on any server.

You have the option to supply the missing files on a USB stick either directly or through the corresponding package.

Since new network cards are not supported by the Debian standard kernel as a rule, loading the current drivers from the Intel infel site will be necessary.

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First of, you can notice messages from the kernel telling you that it tried to load a firmware but it failed. If the firmware you need is not included in the tarball, you can also download specific firmware packages from the non-free section of the archive. If one or more of those firmware is are not yet available on the system, you will get a warning message similar to this vebian If you have installed from a current Debian CD, this kernel will have been installed.


When using those installation discs, the Debian-installer will be able to find the required firmware immediately. If a network card is not available, the drivers can be installed with the help of a USB stick.

Your feedback is welcome Printable version. I’m a Debian developer since d100 run my own company. Manually adding stuff to the sources. How do I know whether I need a firmware?

You know it already, since Debian 6. Does 4 years 18 weeks ago. Oh well, time to dig that ethernet cable out of the attic. Subscribe to the Thomas-Krenn newsletter now. Lets make sure its there in linux for us to mount type: Feature creep via update system, and back door Xbox DRM if you download a recent windows game from the online store.

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This page has been accessed 51, times. This information can be retrieved with modinfo:. Create new account Request new password. Just run update-initramfs -u or even update-initramfs -u -k all.

Have a look at Thomas-Krenn. After struggling to get the standard installer to find the package, I found the non-official installer image on the Debian site which worked like a charm. I almost gave up. Remote upgrades over ssh are common for servers.

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Missing firmware in Debian? Learn how to deal with the problem

Read the contract, and you will then know more about the background of your operating system Debian. Alternatively, you can use one of the parallel installer image builds that also include all the non-free firmware packages directly. CategoryPermalink Firmware last modified Perhaps you could expand on this subject in a second article covering USB installs. In these situations, drop to the console and manually mount see mount 8 your removable storage on a temporary directory e.

Note If the firmware was loaded from loose firmware files, the firmware copied to the installed system will not be automatically updated unless the corresponding firmware package if available is installed after the installation is completed. To use the wireless card, I needed the package firmware-iwlwifi.

To do so, simply load the drivers from the following address and copy them to the stick.