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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 02:34

Attached you'll find a copy of the screenshot where you'd find my hardware details.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 02:39

In terms of the Toshiba model I have:

It's a Satellite C655 (intel core i3, 2.40 GHz, 3GB RAM). Here's more info:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047Z ... ss_product
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby rivenathos » 2010-12-22 03:09

You have an Atheros AR9285 wireless card.

http://wiki.debian.org/ath9k

It looks to be fully-supported, as well.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby rivenathos » 2010-12-22 03:20

You have an Atheros AR8152 network card.

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=607480

There appears to be a slight issue with that card and that particular ISO image. From the bug report:

During installation, the kernel recognized the wireless card atheros
AR8152, but it's atl1c driver is not loaded. Loading the driver by hand
did not change anything. The installation was successfull using the
wireless interface Atheros AR9285. After having rebooted the laptop, the
kernel was able to successfully load the atl1c module, and the eth0
interface could be brought up.


So, once you get the wireless enabled, reboot, you should be up and running. Good luck.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 03:43

I did notice that the installer picked up on the wireless connection but unfortunately I have had difficulty setting up the wireless connection. It asks me for two things basically:

1. [!!] Configure the network

Attempting to find an available wireless network failed.

wlan0 is a wireless network interface. Please enter the name (the ESSID) of the wireless network you would like wlan0 to use. To skip wireless configuration and continue, leave this field blank.

Wireless ESSID for wlan0:

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2. [!] Configure the network

If applicable, please enter the WEP security key for the wireless device wlan0. There are two ways to do this:

If your WEP key is in the format "nnnn-nnnn-nn', 'nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn', or 'nnnnnnnn', where n is a number, just enter it as it is into this field.

If your WEP key is in the format of a passphrase, prefix it with 's:' (without quotes).

Of course, if there is no WEP key for your wireless network, leave this field blank.

WEP key for wireless device wlan0:

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Now, I really don't understand what these two questions are asking but I did try to the best of my knowledge to answer them. I put in my AT&T wireless connection info and password. But it didn't work.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby llivv » 2010-12-22 05:06

ron177 wrote:I did notice that the installer picked up on the wireless connection but unfortunately I have had difficulty setting up the wireless connection. It asks me for two things basically:
Wireless ESSID for wlan0:
Of course, if there is no WEP key for your wireless network, leave this field blank.

ESSID and WEP are both security features that are usually part of a wireless router configuration....
If you don't know how to answer a setup question... leave it blank...

Is AT&T the wireless service provider for you laptop?
Do you have a different Service Provider for your wired internet connection?
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby TobiSGD » 2010-12-22 05:29

I would recommend to use CD1 for an install without network connection and the go from there, since the bug report states that after the install there is no problem anymore with the ethernet card.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 13:51

llivv wrote:
ron177 wrote:I did notice that the installer picked up on the wireless connection but unfortunately I have had difficulty setting up the wireless connection. It asks me for two things basically:
Wireless ESSID for wlan0:
Of course, if there is no WEP key for your wireless network, leave this field blank.

ESSID and WEP are both security features that are usually part of a wireless router configuration....
If you don't know how to answer a setup question... leave it blank...

Is AT&T the wireless service provider for you laptop?
Do you have a different Service Provider for your wired internet connection?


No, AT&T is my internet provider (both wireless and wired). The thing is that when I use the ethernet I don't have to put in any info. For wireless however I have three or four pieces of information: 1. a 10-digit passcode, 2. another passcode which is a mix of letters and numbers (12-keys long), 3. the name of the wireless connection which you can find from the menu that wireless router picks up in your area, and finally the name of the connection which is gateway.2wire.net or something like that. When I read ESSID and WEP I have no idea which piece of information the system requires.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 13:54

TobiSGD wrote:I would recommend to use CD1 for an install without network connection and the go from there, since the bug report states that after the install there is no problem anymore with the ethernet card.


Could you please refer me to the correct link to download the file for CD1? Is the method of burning it on a CD similar to the .iso image/Debian installer?

Thanks so much,

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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby cynwulf » 2010-12-22 14:04

Assuming it's testing (squeeze) that you want? Weekly builds are here: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/

You just need CD1 for whatever architecture it is you want to install. Burn it as you would have burned the netinstall or any iso.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 15:07

OK great. Yes, I wanted Squeez. So I take it that bt-bd is CD1, right? I am going with AMD64:

http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/amd64/
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby ron177 » 2010-12-22 15:11

OK so it seems that under AMD64 there are:

bt-bd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
bt-cd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:02 -
bt-dvd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:14 -
iso-bd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
iso-cd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:02 -
iso-dvd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:14 -
jigdo-bd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
jigdo-cd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
jigdo-dvd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
list-bd/ 20-Dec-2010 08:47 -
list-cd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:02 -
list-dvd/ 20-Dec-2010 09:14 -

Which one would I need? bt-cd, iso-cd, jigdo-cd, or list-cd?
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby rivenathos » 2010-12-22 15:18

You probably need the iso-cd.
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Re: Installer does not detect ethernet card

Postby llivv » 2010-12-22 16:03

here is the llink to the cd-iso files
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/amd64/iso-cd list of all CD(s)
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/amd64/iso-cd/debian-testing-amd64-CD-1.iso direct link to CD 1
You do know how to burn a CD- correct?

if I used wireless more I might be able to tell you which of what you described above was the "wep key" and which was your "ESSID"

I'm still not clear about how you connect using AT&T..
Do you have any AT&T hardware that you use to connect?
If yes, is it the same box for the wired and wireless?
If it is the same box, can you login to the box?

Also, if AT&T offer tech support, call them and ask them to help you find your wep key and ESSID.
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