I burned a live iso image of debian 9 gnome i386 and booted it from my usb. Everything worked perfectly, but it was not finding any local wifi.

After reading that the free version was missing the necessary firmware, I burned the debian 9 gnome i386 with non-free firmware and booted from my usb. This time my wifi was found, but when I entered my password it tried to connect for a few seconds and then disconnected.

I'm not sure what to do from here. There is no problem with the network or password, as I was able to login and use the internet from the PC I am using now.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    What is the output of: lspci What is the output of: lsusb
    – user8779
    Nov 2, 2017 at 18:53
  • Did wpasupplicant somehow go missing? Nov 2, 2017 at 19:44

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I had similar problems when installing Debian Jessie (8) and upgrading to Stretch (9). To specify arochester's comment you are interested in Network's position in lspci:

lspci | grep Network

For example, for me it is:

01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev 6b)

Intel hardware requires firmware. During fresh install, usually I burn standard Debian iso image on usb pen-drive and provide the firmware (for me from: here) with the same usb stick. Then I follow README :) I also reacall that firmware-iwlwifi package is required for this manual installation. More insights (power-saving, etc.) you can find here.

I would strongly suggest to give Ubuntu (Live USB) a try. From my experience it is easier to obtain a wifi connection with it (for various wifi cards). It can clarify some potential issues.

Did you use GUI Network Manager? It is a good idea to use command-line interface to establish a connection (if you haven't done it already). It provides better output in case something goes wrong (How to connect to wifi via command line). Personally, I'd recommend wifi-menu command (part of netctl; it works on Arch linux, I'm not sure if it works on Debian too).

Good luck with your problem and have a nice day :)


EDIT* See also this great answer by Rui F Ribeiro.

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