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Bug#980777: FIT-PC: Fails to find driver for Ethernet, Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI

On Sat, 23 Jan 2021 17:53:30 +0000
"Andrew M.A. Cater" <amacater@einval.com> wrote:

> > 
> > * The NIC finding software failed to detect the two NICs. This has
> >   worked in the past.
> >   
> You'll likely need the firmware .iso including the non-free firmwares
> - though I'm surprised that itr doesn't find the Ethernet devices,
> they're common.

I don't think I need any firmware. On the working boxes, the only
firmware package present is firmware-linux-free, which does not include
any Realtek firmware. I don't know why it is present; it has nothing
depending on it. It was installed with the kernel.

firmware-realtek is absent from working boxes, and in any case does not
include firmware for these devices.

00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev 10)

> > 
> > The first two problems are not new. I got the same with a Buster
> > 10.4 netinst CD. I then fell back to a Debian 8.6 netinst CD. That
> > correctly found and set up the two NICs.
> >   
> 8.6 is old - I'd be surprised that 10.7 firmware iso wouldn't work.

I didn't try 10.x. 8.6 was what I had handy, i.e. it came up first in
the midden. However, debian-10.4.0-i386-netinst.iso also fails to detect
the NIC and gives the shortened menu of drivers to try.

Does anybody read signatures any more?


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