No ethernet card detected

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No ethernet card detected

Postby kerryhall » 2020-04-16 04:10

Helping a friend install debian on their laptop. Downloaded two different isos:

1. debian-live-10.3.0-amd64-mate+nonfree.iso

2. firmware-10.3.0-amd64-netinst.iso

Booted iso 1 and confirmed I can connect to wifi, sound works, etc.

Repacked iso 2 with preseed.cfg. Booted from that. I get the error "No ethernet card detected". This message is false, as confirmed with iso 1. Booted from a stock iso 2 and have the same issue.

How do I resolve this issue? I would prefer to not have to do a full manual installation, that's what I've spent all this time on preseed.cfg for. Does "firmware-10.3.0-amd64-netinst.iso" not come with the firmware despite saying that it does?
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Re: No ethernet card detected

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-04-16 13:38

This is from the non-free netinstall image:
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amd64-microcode_3.20181128.1_amd64.deb
atmel-firmware_1.3-4_all.deb
bluez-firmware_1.2-4_all.deb
dahdi-firmware-nonfree_2.11.1.0.20170917-1_all.deb
firmware-amd-graphics_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ath9k-htc_1.4.0-97-g75b3e59+dfsg-3_all.deb
firmware-atheros_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-b43legacy-installer_019-4_all.deb
firmware-b43-installer_019-4_all.deb
firmware-bnx2x_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-bnx2_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-brcm80211_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-cavium_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intelwimax_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intel-sound_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ipw2x00_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ivtv_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-iwlwifi_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-libertas_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-linux-free_3.4_all.deb
firmware-linux-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-misc-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-myricom_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netronome_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netxen_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qcom-media_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qlogic_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-realtek_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-samsung_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-siano_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ti-connectivity_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-zd1211_1.5-6_all.deb
hdmi2usb-fx2-firmware_0.0.0~git20151225-2_all.deb
intel-microcode_3.20191115.2~deb10u1_amd64.deb

I don't have the MATE non-free image but you can just mount it and list the contents like this:
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# mount debian-live-10.3.0-amd64-mate+nonfree.iso /mnt
ls /mnt/firmware
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Re: No ethernet card detected

Postby kerryhall » 2020-04-16 17:40

The contents of "debian-live-10.3.0-amd64-mate+nonfree.iso" firmware dir looks like:

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amd64-microcode_3.20181128.1_amd64.deb
atmel-firmware_1.3-4_all.deb
bluez-firmware_1.2-4_all.deb
dahdi-firmware-nonfree_2.11.1.0.20170917-1_all.deb
dns323-firmware-tools_0.7.3-1_all.deb
expeyes-firmware-dev_4.4.4+dfsg-4_all.deb
firmware-adi_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-amd-graphics_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ath9k-htc_1.4.0-97-g75b3e59+dfsg-3_all.deb
firmware-ath9k-htc-dbgsym_1.4.0-97-g75b3e59+dfsg-3_all.deb
firmware-atheros_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-bnx2_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-bnx2x_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-brcm80211_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-cavium_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intel-sound_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intelwimax_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ipw2x00_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ivtv_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-iwlwifi_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-libertas_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-linux_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-linux-free_3.4_all.deb
firmware-linux-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-microbit-micropython_1.0.1-1_all.deb
firmware-microbit-micropython-doc_1.0.1-1_all.deb
firmware-misc-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-myricom_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netronome_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netxen_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qcom-media_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qlogic_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ralink_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-realtek_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-samsung_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-siano_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ti-connectivity_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-zd1211_1.5-6_all.deb
grub-firmware-qemu_2.02+dfsg1-20_amd64.deb
hdmi2usb-fx2-firmware_0.0.0~git20151225-2_all.deb
intel-microcode_3.20191115.2~deb10u1_amd64.deb
midisport-firmware_1.2-4_all.deb
nxt-firmware_1.29-20120908+dfsg-7_all.deb
sigrok-firmware-fx2lafw_0.1.6-1_all.deb
ubertooth-firmware_2018.12.R1-2_all.deb
ubertooth-firmware-source_2018.12.R1-2_all.deb


Thanks to your help, I realized that the contents of "firmware" for the live cd and the netinst are not identical. I hoped that I could simply copy over all the firmware from the live cd when repacking, so I just did that now. This is the contents of the firmware dir after my repack:

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amd64-microcode_3.20181128.1_amd64.deb
atmel-firmware_1.3-4_all.deb
bluez-firmware_1.2-4_all.deb
dahdi-firmware-nonfree_2.11.1.0.20170917-1_all.deb
dns323-firmware-tools_0.7.3-1_all.deb
expeyes-firmware-dev_4.4.4+dfsg-4_all.deb
firmware-adi_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-amd-graphics_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ath9k-htc_1.4.0-97-g75b3e59+dfsg-3_all.deb
firmware-ath9k-htc-dbgsym_1.4.0-97-g75b3e59+dfsg-3_all.deb
firmware-atheros_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-b43-installer_019-4_all.deb
firmware-b43legacy-installer_019-4_all.deb
firmware-bnx2_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-bnx2x_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-brcm80211_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-cavium_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intel-sound_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-intelwimax_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ipw2x00_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ivtv_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-iwlwifi_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-libertas_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-linux_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-linux-free_3.4_all.deb
firmware-linux-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-microbit-micropython_1.0.1-1_all.deb
firmware-microbit-micropython-doc_1.0.1-1_all.deb
firmware-misc-nonfree_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-myricom_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netronome_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-netxen_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qcom-media_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-qlogic_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ralink_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-realtek_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-samsung_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-siano_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-ti-connectivity_20190114-2_all.deb
firmware-zd1211_1.5-6_all.deb
grub-firmware-qemu_2.02+dfsg1-20_amd64.deb
hdmi2usb-fx2-firmware_0.0.0~git20151225-2_all.deb
intel-microcode_3.20191115.2~deb10u1_amd64.deb
midisport-firmware_1.2-4_all.deb
nxt-firmware_1.29-20120908+dfsg-7_all.deb
sigrok-firmware-fx2lafw_0.1.6-1_all.deb
ubertooth-firmware_2018.12.R1-2_all.deb
ubertooth-firmware-source_2018.12.R1-2_all.deb


But that unfortunately didn't work. How do I fix this?

Thank you!
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Re: No ethernet card detected

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-04-17 10:13

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Re: No ethernet card detected

Postby kerryhall » 2020-04-24 01:56

My apologies, I'm not sure what information that page has that is useful here?

The "live + firmware" cd works perfectly, but the netinst is missing some firmware files. I copied all the firmware over from the "live + firmware" cd to the netinst, but it still chokes.

How do I convince the netinst installer to use the entire contents of "firmware"?

More to the point, why does the contents of "firmware" differ between these two cds?

I realize that as a workaround I can do a manual installation, but I normally use a preseed to automate a bunch of work for me (and more importantly, so I don't have to keep checking on it)

Is there a way I can still use preseed here?
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Re: No ethernet card detected

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-04-24 14:35

kerryhall wrote:I'm not sure what information that page has that is useful here?

It explains how to load firmware from a USB stick.

Or you can use live-build to make your own ISO image containing whatever you want (including a preseed configuration file), see the github page linked in my signature for an example of how to do this.
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