Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

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Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby snap » 2020-11-07 06:14

I can't find any info on the wifi chipset that Microsoft Surface Pro 1st generation uses so I have no idea what drivers it needs to work. I've been looking online all over the place but can't find anything. Does anyone happen to know what drivers it uses or what wifi adapters are in Surface Pro 1's?
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby arochester » 2020-11-07 09:08

What is the output of
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lspci |grep Network
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby snap » 2020-11-08 03:36

The entire output of just `$lspci` is:

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA Bridge: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)

There could be errors in the above snippet (I had to type it all out manually) and during the Debian set up process I skipped the step of installing an ethernet driver, but other than communication controller i'm not too sure which one (if any) is the network card
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-11-08 07:56

snap wrote:Does anyone happen to know what drivers it uses or what wifi adapters are in Surface Pro 1's?

Have you tried asking a search engine? That's how I find out stuff I don't know and it's quicker than waiting several days for a reply on support forums.

FWIW your 'lspci' output doesn't show any wireless devices at all.
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby 4D696B65 » 2020-11-08 13:41

My Surface Pro 3 uses intel wifi.
firmware-iwlwifi was needed.
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby snap » 2020-11-10 01:02

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
snap wrote:Does anyone happen to know what drivers it uses or what wifi adapters are in Surface Pro 1's?

Have you tried asking a search engine? That's how I find out stuff I don't know and it's quicker than waiting several days for a reply on support forums.

FWIW your 'lspci' output doesn't show any wireless devices at all.


I've been checking on search engines and so far I only keep finding very generic info about its wifi such as "Wi-Fi MIMO IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n" and such but nothing about the actual hardware hardware specifically.
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Re: Microsoft Surface Pro (1st Gen) Wifi Driver

Postby snap » 2020-11-10 01:03

4D696B65 wrote:My Surface Pro 3 uses intel wifi.
firmware-iwlwifi was needed.


Thanks for the info! I'll try installing that driver and seeing what happens! Considering everything else seems to be Intel based that'd totally make sense and dare I say I'm relatively confident in it working!
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