I have found a workaround. It seems that while the Squeeze installer cannot
seem to utilize the RTL8111, the resulting installation does not have the
I executed the following steps:
1) Installed an old 10/100 PCI network card I had lying around
2) Booted from netinstall CD:
3) Ignored requests for "rtl8168d-1.fw"
4) Selected the old network card for use during installation
5) After installation and reboot both cards were fully functional
immediately, no non-free sources were required
6) Removed old 10/100 card from my system and "hey presto" I have a Squeeze
Here is the relevant line from "lspci -knn" output of the final setup:
02:00.0 Ethernet controller : Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 03)
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device [1462:7642]
Kernel driver in use: r8169
I would be willing to boot the install CD and do any diagnostic tests that
may help the developers track this one down.