Questions tagged [firmware]

Firmware is a permanent software programmed into a read-only memory for control, monitoring and data manipulation of engineered products and systems. Use this tag about firmware updates and related issues in Unix and Linux systems.

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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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Installing firmware blob for Intel Wifi USB pen

I have installed Debian 8/Jessie minimal ISO on my laptop. I get error message during system installation: Some of your hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate. The firmware can be ...
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Debian stretch failed to load firmware rtl_nic/rtl8168g-3.fw (-2)

I'm getting this error in Debian stretch during the boot process [ 26.390311] r8169 0000:03:00.0: firmware: failed to load rtl_nic/rtl8168g-3.fw (-2) After that I continues the boot and works ...
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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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How to find missing firmwares in Zenbook?

This answer motivates me to find missing firmwares in my ultrabook, because I am experiencing difficult typing with many artifacts (here about unable to calibrate typing speed) and CPU up-downs now in ...
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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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Problems with driver for Broadcom wi-fi card in Debian

My laptop is HP 250 G4 P5T98ES My OS is: Debian jessie 20160917 While I was installing Debian from live-usb, it told me that it can't connect to the wireless network because it has no non-free ...
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What is “firmware” in Linux terminology?

I'm being confused by the use of firmware in the context of Linux. My understanding of firmware & driver is that firmware is the code that runs on the bare metal of a device such as a Bluetooth ...
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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 14....
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Update Firmware of Samsung 840 Pro

I have a Samsung 840 PRO Series SSD and want to update its firmware in order to find an alternative solution for this problem. I downloaded "Samsung Magician Software for Enterprise SSD" from this ...
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How do I install “non-free firmware” (wifi driver) from USB?

I'm dual-booting kali linux with windows 10. While boot installation kali linux asks for: Some of your hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate. The firmware can be loaded from removable ...
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Trouble “activating” the SDIO Broadcom BCM43430 Wifi chip on Linux 4.8.0

I have an Intel Z3735F (Bay Trail) platform running a current 64Bit kernel 4.8. on UEFI32. From lines in dmesg and hwinfo I found, that on this particular device the on-board "Broadcom BCM43430 WLAN ...
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Debian: limit non-free to just a few firmware packages

I am running Debian 10 (Buster). I would like to run a 100% free system. However, I need a few non-free firmware packages, because my hardware is not free. Therefore, I would like to install the non-...
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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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Where can I find the microcode (ucode) that is being loaded by iwlwifi (Intel 6205)?

Trying to trouble-shoot this error which pertains to microcode, my card from lspci shows, Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] (rev 34) system.log shows, ...
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How to run my RTL8191SU USB Wifi adapter in monitor mode on Linux?

I recently bought this WLAN adapter on Amazon. When I attempt to switch to monitor mode: ifconfig wlan1 down iwconfig wlan1 mode monitor ifconfig wlan1 up I receive the following error: Error for ...
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UEFI firmware resetting bootorder

I am trying to boot Fedora 23 that I have just installed on a laptop, replacing Windows. I just can't boot it. I kept the UEFI boot partition but replaced all the other partitions with Linux ones. The ...
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full-featured WLAN USB adaptor

I am searching for a WLAN USB adaptor that can be used as an Access Point as well as a mere client and in an AdHoc setup. It should support IEEE 802.11n and transmit rather fast (300Mbps). As I ...
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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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Can't connect to bluetooth devices (i.e. speakers) on debian jessie

I have a debian jessie on a Dell Vostro 5870. Everytime I try to connect to my bluetooth speaker, I get this error from /var/syslog: bluetoothd[1326]: a2dp-sink profile connect failed for C8:84:47:F7:...
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Debian Firmware from cdimage.debian.org vs from manufacturer

I have recently started to learn Linux, and Debian is the most likeable to me. I installed it on a notebook, and found that some firmware is missing (which is in line with what I read in the ...
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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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iwlwifi: Could not load the [0] uCode section; Failed to run INIT ucode: -5

I'm getting this error occasionally when my device wakes up from suspend, iwlwifi: Log capacity -1515870811 is bogus, limit to 1 entries iwlwifi: Log write index -1515870811 is bogus, limit to 1 ...
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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.