boot error message for wifi

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boot error message for wifi

Postby DaveA » 2018-06-29 11:45

I have installed Debian 9 64-bit. During, booting, the messages include the following:
[ 15.597003] usb 2-1.5: reset high-speed USB device number 3 using ehci-pci
[ 16.888736] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): enp4s0: link is not ready
[ 16.904357] r8169 0000:04:00.0: firmware: failed to load rtl_nic/rtl8168e-3.fw (-2)
[ 16.904373] r8169 0000:04:00.0: Direct firmware load for rtl_nic/rtl8168e-3.fw failed with error -2

The failure message is printed in red and nothing else is reported after that, although Debian boots fine and runs without problems.

I was not aware my Dell Inspiron 3010 has an RTL8168 wifi interface.

Is this a problem or just an irritant. Either way, can it be supressed?
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Re: boot error message for wifi

Postby None1975 » 2018-06-29 12:50

Hello. Just add in your sources list components
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 contrib non-free
and then install
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as root
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apt update
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apt install firmware-realtek
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Re: boot error message for wifi

Postby bw123 » 2018-06-29 12:53

As far as the msg suppression, you could probably just install the firmware? That would get rid of at least a couple of lines. I use plymouth, which hides all of the msgs at boot.

r8169 is ethernet, you can use lspci to find out more about your hardware. Also there is a tool call inxi, gathers a lot of info about the system.

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$ lspci -k | grep -A2 Eth
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Dell RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
        Kernel driver in use: r8169
        Kernel modules: r8169

There are some good links on the net, or maybe the forum here about 'silent boot' and they would have a lot of info for you.
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