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No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-04 20:56

Hi. I can't get my wifi adapter to work using any Debian image. It works on 'buntu ones, but not Debian. Could some kind soul refer me to a solution (I have access to Ethernet).
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Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet driver: alx port: e000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: enp3s0 state: down mac:
Card-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 04:00.0
IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac:
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby 4D696B65 » 2020-10-04 21:12

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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-04 21:17

I assume not, but how would I go about installing it?
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby sickpig » 2020-10-04 21:33

Feromi wrote:I assume not, but how would I go about installing it?


I think it is already installed and you are connected via wifi

Feromi wrote:Card-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 04:00.0
IF: wlp4s0 state: up
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-04 21:37

Then why can't it see any wifi hotspots? It certainly doesn't see mine.
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby sickpig » 2020-10-04 21:41

Feromi wrote:Then why can't it see any wifi hotspots?

How are you getting it to see?
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-04 22:00

I installed Elementary OS, which works with the wifi adapter.
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby sgosnell » 2020-10-05 03:05

To install the firmware, just use apt. It's in all the Debian repositories.
Take my advice, I'm not using it.
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby stevepusser » 2020-10-06 01:22

Debian does not ship that nonfree firmware package by default, so if you didn't go out of your way to get the special ISO which includes it, or follow the instructions in the Debian wiki to install it, you don't have it.

Elementary and many other Debian derivatives include it by default so they work OOTB. This is one of the more frequently asked and answered questions here and on the Debian subreddit, so you must not have searched for "7260" and/or "iwlwifi" at all.

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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-06 17:07

stevepusser wrote:Debian does not ship that nonfree firmware package by default, so if you didn't go out of your way to get the special ISO which includes it, or follow the instructions in the Debian wiki to install it, you don't have it.

Elementary and many other Debian derivatives include it by default so they work OOTB. This is one of the more frequently asked and answered questions here and on the Debian subreddit, so you must not have searched for "7260" and/or "iwlwifi" at all.

Enjoy Elementary!

I installed elementary just because the wifi worked. I don't want to stick with it, I prefer Debian proper and I'm installing it now.
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-06 17:32

I have installed MATE and the only GUI it has for software is Synaptics, so I'm doing it manually in the terminal. I ve figured out everything but how to add non-free to the sources. Checked the wiki as well.
Could someone help?
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby arochester » 2020-10-06 17:46

7.2.3.2 Installing the generic firmware
In all cases, and before the installation of any proprietary driver, you should add the non-free firmware delivered by Debian. To add the Debian non-free firmware to your system, start with modifying your repositories (chap.8.1.4) by adding the contrib and non-free sections to your sources.

Open a terminal in administrative mode (see chap.3.8.3) with the “su” command (the administrator password is requested), then launch the command:

apt edit-sources
Modify the sources.list file by adding the contrib and non-free section, like this:

deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main contrib non-free
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security/ buster/updates main contrib non-free
Save your modifications with [Ctrl]+x in the Nano text editor, then “Y” for “Yes”.
Reload the repository information, and install the non-free firmware:
Source - https://lescahiersdudebutant.arpinux.or ... c-firmware
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby CwF » 2020-10-06 17:49

Feromi wrote: the only GUI it has for software is Synaptics, so I'm doing it manually in the terminal.

? you mean the best for the job? Ha!
Synaptic can add the repository, search for the firmware, tell you about it...install it, download it...
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-06 17:54

Synaptic is not seeing it, probably because I haven't added the non free repo yet
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Re: No wifi on laptop

Postby Feromi » 2020-10-06 18:05

Synaptic saw it, but after it said it installed correctly, it told me there was an error.
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W: Target Packages (main/binary-amd64/Packages) is configured multiple times in /etc/apt/sources.list:2 and /etc/apt/sources.list:11
W: Target Packages (main/binary-all/Packages) is configured multiple times in /etc/apt/sources.list:2 and /etc/apt/sources.list:11
W: Target Translations (main/i18n/Translation-en_US) is configured multiple times in /etc/apt/sources.list:2 and /etc/apt/sources.list:11
W: Target Translations (main/i18n/Translation-en) is configured multiple times in /etc/apt/sources.list:2 and /etc/apt/sources.list:11
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