I have Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian-7.4-Standard on my Acer Aspire One laptop.

I have Standard Debian OS which is command-line only. In the Debian OS I am not able to connect to the web through my wi-fi. I am missing the needed drivers.

So far I have downloaded firmware-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1.tar.gz in my Ubuntu OS and placed it into my home directory in my Debian OS. But now what? Any ideas on how I can install my needed driver from there?


I managed to make some ground. What I did was to download from my Ubuntu system the firmware-linux-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1_all.deb file and placed it into my home directory in my Debian system. Then I booted into my Debian OS and from my home directory as a superuser I ran the command

dpkg -i firmware-linux-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1_all.deb

and then rebooted the system. Now my display looks much better, but I still am unable to connect the system to the web. As a result I am still unable to use apt-get update. At least the firmware problem is now solved.

  • tar xzfv firmware-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1.tar.gz will unzip it. Maybe it contains an install guide? – Philipp Claßen Apr 26 '14 at 23:49
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    If your network driver is not working, ask a separate question about that. If this question was resolved, you can add an answer yourself and accept it. This helps people know the question was taken care of. – Faheem Mitha Apr 27 '14 at 3:54

What finally worked for me in installing the non-free firmware was to first download firmware-linux-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1_all.deb to a directory in my home directory. Then from the directory with that file I ran the command

dpkg -i firmware-linux-nonfree_0.36+wheezy.1_all.deb

As far as I can see this has added all the missing drivers that I needed for my Acer laptop.

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