iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

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iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 06:09

Trying to install Debian on a new Thinkpad T410, from a netinstall CD. However rather quickly into the installation I am receiving the follow message:
Some of your hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate. The firmware can be
loaded from removable media, such as a USB stick or floppy.

The Missing firmware files are: iwlwifi-6000-2.ucode iwlwifi-6000-1.ucode

If you have such media available now, inser it, and continue.

Load missing firmware from removable media?

<Yes> <No>

The only firmware file I've been able to find is iwlwifi-6000-4 which I am still unable to get an internet connection with.

My network hardware: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 and Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby pentode » 2010-07-23 15:52

If you are wanting to do the net install via a wireless connection, that is often problematic due to the proprietary drivers required for a lot of the wireless chipsets. If you have any way of establishing a wired Ethernet connection at least for the initial installation, life will be much simpler.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 17:07

Must have forgot to mention that I do have a wired connection and have tried disabling the wireless on the laptop and connecting that way but I still receive the message about the iwlwifi and am unable to connect to a mirror for downloads.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby craigevil » 2010-07-23 17:19

Download the firmware, http://intellinuxwireless.org/iwlwifi/d ... 21.4.1.tgz

Put it in a flash drive then you can install it when asked for it.

The READme http://intellinuxwireless.org/tar.php?p ... 21.4.1.tgz
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 17:41

Still no luck I am not sure if it matters much but that is the -4 version and no -2 or -1, but as far as I can tell it loads the driver then tries to set up my wireless but cannot detect any available wireless connection at which point it requests me to provide my wireless essid and password, I set the ssid back to default on my router and removed the password so there would be no mistakes but it fails to connect still
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby pentode » 2010-07-23 17:47

It may be that the installer is not detecting your wired connection. It should not really care about the wireless connection if it has a functioning Ethernet link. What version of Debian are you trying to install and where did you get the netinstall CD? It sometimes help to grab another installer from Debian website. The daily builds of Testing are worth a try. If you have a functioning wired connection, you might get a warning about the wireless NIC, but I don't know why the installer would quit.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 17:54

It is a testing build, however maybe I will have better luck if I grab a daily snapshot, I had the same issues with the stable build. Downloaded the installers from Debian.org
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby jheaton5 » 2010-07-23 18:08

I get the same message everytime I do a fresh install. I've done it so much I know what drivers/firmware I need. I always install over ethernet and then install the appropriate firmware. It's easy and it works. So at the screen where it asks to install the firmware, I just select NO.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 18:32

Ahh looks like the daily snapshot is a success, it located both network interfaces right away, and let me pick my preferred network card for installation
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby jheaton5 » 2010-07-23 19:02

Hey, that's good to know.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-23 22:31

Sitting at my Debian desktop running XFCE I do have my wired connection going but still no wireless.. any idea on how to install iwlwifi-6000 so my wireless works
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby jheaton5 » 2010-07-25 21:28

Try this site which I found on Google.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby sugarhigh » 2010-07-27 04:38

Kudos on finding that site with Google, however I also found that site, which contains the 6000-4 version of the firmware, which I am fairly certain I stated was not working for me in my original post. Again I commend your ability to Google, but lets not assume that the poster had not bothered to search. Either way I've found some in non-free which got it working. Thanks to everyone for the help it is very much appreciated.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby craigevil » 2010-07-27 05:06

DOH! didn't even think to look at firmware-iwlwifi because apt-cache search shows
firmware-iwlwifi - Binary firmware for Intel Wireless 3945, 4965 and 5000-series cards
however if you do apt-cache show firmware-iwlwifi
you see
Description: Binary firmware for Intel Wireless 3945, 4965 and 5000-series cards
This package contains the binary firmware for Intel Wireless 1000, 3945,
4965, 5100, 5300, 6000 and 6250 cards supported by the iwl3945 and iwlagn
drivers.

Contents:
* Intel Wireless 1000 firmware, version 128.50.3.1 (iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 3945 firmware, version 15.28.1.6 (iwlwifi-3945-1.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 3945 firmware, version 15.32.2.9 (iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 4965 firmware, version 228.57.1.21 (iwlwifi-4965-1.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 4965 firmware, version 228.61.2.24 (iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 5100, 5300 and 5350 firmware, version 5.4.A.11 (iwlwifi-5000-1.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 5100, 5300 and 5350 firmware, version 8.24.2.12 (iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 5150 firmware, version 8.24.2.2 (iwlwifi-5150-2.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 6000 firmware, version 9.193.4.1 (iwlwifi-6000-4.ucode)
* Intel Wireless 6250 firmware, version 9.201.4.1 (iwlwifi-6050-4.ucode)

Glad you got it working.
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Re: iwlwifi-6000 missing firmware, cannot install debian

Postby Bugbear » 2011-05-27 12:18

Just want to second this fix.

I'm running Squeeze on an Alienware M17X R3.

LSPCI output includes: 0d:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (rev 35)

In an SU command line terminal, run: apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

Left click on the network connection icon (top tool bar) - a list of available wireless networks should appear. Select the network with which you want to connect.

Right click on the network connection icon (top tool bar), select Edit Connections...
In the Network Connections dialog, select the Wireless tab, select your wireless network, click Edit...

From this point, the settings you'll need to enter will depend on your specific wireless network.

For what it's worth, here's what I selected:
Wireless tab
------------------
SSID = the name of my wireless network
Mode = Infrastructure
BSSID = <blank>
MAC address = <blank>
MTU: automatic

IPv4 Settings
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Method: Automatic (DHCP)

IPv6 Settings
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Method: Ignore

Wireless Security
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Security: WPA & WPA2 Personal
Password: <your password obviously :-) >
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