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Questions Regarding UEFI Shell - Version 2.0 Wanted

I bought a cheap laptop for myself last Christmas, just because I wanted a laptop. A Toshiba Satellite C55-A5310 on special. I'm also a big believer in OEM software for laptops, so I left Windows 8.1 ...
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Why do some drivers still require firmware?

There are a ton of reverse-engineered drivers in the Linux kernel tree. Yet some drivers, especially wireless drivers, require firmware binary blobs to run properly. What prevents someone from ...
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Firmware for wireless card on Ubuntu/Debian?

This is a follow up to my previous question about Debian support for Linksys Wusb600n. I have tried running the Ubunut/Xubuntu LiveCDs and the WiFi does not come up. The Gnome Network Manager menu ...
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why do some network cards need to load external firmware?

I have read this question/answer, but I still do not understand why some network cards work perfectly well without any additional firmware, whereas others need to load firmware to work. As a specific ...
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How to write/edit/update the OsIndications efi variable from command line?

In the need to enter the UEFI firmware setup utility while using ultra fast boot (keyboard drivers are not loaded during POST), I wish to write to the "Os Indications" efi variable. My OS is Ubuntu ...
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linux-firmware-nonfree hangs my system, but I need it for 3D graphics

I'm on Debian Sid, fully up-to-date. I need firmware-linux-nonfree in order to get 3D graphics, but unfortunately, when I install it, my system hangs at boot at the point where it waits for /dev to be ...
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Debian - enable broadcom wireless controller

Ok, this is driving me crazy. I'm setting up an old Dell Precision M60 notebook, and I can't manage to enable support for its wireless device on debian squeeze. What I tried: lspci | grep -i ...
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How to find information about a firmware and install it?

How can we find out information about a firmware, such as whether it is installed, and if installed, its version? if the firmware is installed, how can we find out its version and if it is outdated? ...
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Repo source for firmware-linux-nonfree?

Which repository source do I need to add to my sources.list to access the package firmware-linux-nonfree? I am using Deb 6 testing 32 bit.