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Postby GarryRicketson » 2015-03-04 20:49

I just now down loaded firmware-brcm80211, I want to put it on a usb stick, so that when I am installing debian, and it asks to insert the "medium" that has the driver, I have it on a usb stick.
My question, do I just copy the package to the device(usb stick), or do I need to extract it onto the stick ? hope this makes sense, and I am on my lunch break so I need to be brief. thanks
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Re: firmware-brcm80211 on a usb stick

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2015-03-04 21:44

You can download a tarball of the non-free firmware from here:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unoff ... /firmware/

Unpack the tarball and place it on a FAT-formatted stick in a directory called /firmware
https://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/ ... 04.html.en

It would probably be simpler to just use one of the unofficial ISO images that already contain the non-free firmware:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unoff ... -firmware/
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Re: firmware-brcm80211 on a usb stick

Postby GarryRicketson » 2015-03-05 00:42

Thanks, I am glad you mentioned that I need to format it for fat too, I didn't realize that.
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Re: (solved)firmware-brcm80211 on a usb stick

Postby GarryRicketson » 2015-03-05 02:51

I downloaded the tarball, and formatted the usb stick, ,.That worked great, I did the install and it picked up the firmware just fine. THANKS a bunch.
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Re: (solved)firmware on a usb stick

Postby GarryRicketson » 2015-11-29 19:17

This seems to be such a common problem, I decided to "bump" it, so more beginners can see it easily.
Also a update :
https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/amd64/ch06s04.html.en
This is some what out of date, most people would be using Jessie now,
but any one still using "wheezy" would want the "wheezy" link
H_O_A_S >>Unpack the tarball and place it on a FAT-formatted stick in a directory called /firmware
https://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/amd64/ch06s04.html.en
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Re: (solved)firmware on a usb stick

Postby NFT5 » 2015-11-29 23:56

Garry, the link in H_O_A_S post now points to Jessie. If you can track down a link for Wheezy that would be useful (for me, at least). I've had no success finding it.
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Re: (solved)firmware on a usb stick

Postby hhh » 2015-11-30 00:12

Look again. His first link has firmware going back to lenny (squeeze>current).
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Re: (solved)firmware on a usb stick

Postby GarryRicketson » 2015-11-30 00:45

NFT5 wrote:Garry, the link in H_O_A_S post now points to Jessie. If you can track down a link for Wheezy that would be useful (for me, at least). I've had no success finding it.


Here is what I find for Wheezy Wheezy,...
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/firmware/wheezy/
AND:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/firmware/wheezy/current/


Maybe this was not such a good idea, on my part,..to bump such a old thread,..
it could cause more confusion , then good.
Post by hhh » 2015-11-29 18:12

Look again. His first link has firmware going back to lenny (squeeze>current).

With that said, though, the method is still the same, it is also important that anyone looking for the firmware packages, "tar balls", double check and make sure they down load the correct packages for the Debian version they are using,...
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Any way, the method to copy the firm ware tarball to a USB stick, is the same. As far as where to get the firm ware, and details, best to start here:

https://wiki.debian.org/Firmware

Any one that is not sure if they are getting the right packages or where to find the right ones, it would be best to ask here first, and show us what link (URL) they think they should use.
Thanks for ""hhh"" pointing this out, on the links. I notice on the link H_O_A_S has , yes the top one is Jessie, but down at the bottom, there still is one for wheezy, but not easy to notice, it is getting harder to find packages for wheezy,..fortunately for me I have everything I need though, so very rarely need to look for any.
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Re: (solved)firmware on a usb stick

Postby NFT5 » 2015-11-30 01:49

hhh wrote:Look again. His first link has firmware going back to lenny (squeeze>current).


Right you are. H_O_A_S link was Jessie and the other contained a link to the following, which is probably the most comprehensive listing, all in one place:

https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=firmware
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