Install Debian on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 issues

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Install Debian on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 issues

Postby Compudionux » 2017-03-13 01:07

Hello everyone. Let me first say that I've installed Debian 8 Cinnamon and upgraded to Debian 9 on a project computer but thats about the extent of my Debian knowledge. I loved the way Debian 9 Cinnamon worked that I wanted to also install it on my Lenovo Thinkpad T420 and ran into issues during my install of Debian 8. I received the following message about missing firmware:
"The missing firmware files are: iwlwifi-6000g2a-6.ucode iwlwifi-6000g2a-5.ucode"
I am new to Debian and am not sure how to install these files during the live install. The wiki pages list where these files are and can be downloaded. I did that and threw them on a thumb drive but the installer wouldn't access them. I'm sure I'm going about this totally wrong and am hoping someone can point me in the right direction. Thank you.
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Re: Install Debian on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 issues

Postby bw123 » 2017-03-13 13:42

am hoping someone can point me in the right direction. Thank you.


no problem,
https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/ ... 04.html.en

make sure deivice is supported on 3.16 kernel
https://wiki.debian.org/iwlwifi

There's a stretch rc2 installer here (read the whole page, good info near the bottom about firmware)
https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

After using the Debian-Installer, please send us an installation report, even if there weren't any problems.
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Re: Install Debian on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 issues

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-13 20:10

You can also get Debian ISOs that already have the firmware..a minimal web search should turn them up.

If you have recent hardware, Stretch might be a better choice overall, though with a little more effort, Jessie can also support newer hardware.
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Re: Install Debian on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 issues

Postby Compudionux » 2017-03-15 01:29

Thank you both for your help. I did find the iso with the firmware and managed to get it installed and all the hardware works. I haven't had time to set it up and configure yet, but it does work.
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