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Bug#603673: Workaround

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 12:52:07AM -0500, Stephen Conrad wrote:
> 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
> problem.
> I executed the following steps:
> 1) Installed an old 10/100 PCI network card I had lying around
> 2) Booted from netinstall CD:
> http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/squeeze_di_beta2/amd64/iso-cd/debian-squee
> ze-di-beta2-amd64-netinst.iso
> 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
> install.

That's interesting... does the kernel request any firmware when you boot
with just the RTL8111, and if so, what firmware file does it load?  Which
package provides that firmware file?

- Matt

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