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installation problem NIC


I'm reporting an installation problem dealing with identifying/configuring a network interface card.

laptop Lenovo W540 (Windows7 pre-installed)
graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
NIC: Intel (R) Ethernet Connection I217-LM

Debian source:
DVD coming with a published book; author: Heike Jurzik
Debian GNU/Linux 7.1.0 Wheezy for "i386" and "amd64"

Installation method chosen:
guided 64bit graphical installation (no expert mode);
KDE as alternative GUI chosen

Actual state:
Debian system boots. Login to GUI succeeds. No network connection possible. (Also interesting to mention that GNOME was installed, but not KDE, although I explicitly chose the way to install KDE as alternative desktop.)

When performing the installation process using the DVD, the installer came to the point to detect network hardware. At this point, the installer said no network card detected. The installer didn't accept any driver listed by the installer. The only way to proceed the installation process was to choose "no ethernet".

I'm not sure, but I guess the installer doesn't know the driver to use to run the NIC.

How do I solve the problem?
Do I need a special NIC driver?
If yes from where to I get it and how do I install it?

Best regards, Thomas

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