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#1 2012-10-02 12:30:10

plutek
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Registered: 2012-09-27
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[SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

greetings!

i'm currently installing #!11 on a laptop. there is a firmware file which is required, and the installation gives me a window saying to insert removable media containing the file (it also says that media can be CD, floppy, or USB stick).

when i insert a USB stick which has the file on it and hit "continue", the installation just cycles back to the message window described above, without mounting the USB stick and reading the file.

do i need to manually mount the stick or something?

this is not a big deal, since i know i can add that file post-install... mostly i'm bringing this up in case there's something in the installation routine which needs repair.

thanks... cheers!
.pltk.

Last edited by plutek (2012-10-02 13:40:52)

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#2 2012-10-02 13:35:35

xaos52
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Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

The stick containing the firmware must have a single fat32 partition and the firmware files must be either in the root directory or in a directory 'firmware' in the root directory. IIRC it does not have to be mounted manually. Switching to console 4 will show you the names of the missing files.
hth

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#3 2012-10-02 13:40:14

plutek
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

thanks, xaos52!

seems a bit strange that it requires fat32!  ;-)

all my USB sticks are ext4!

ok... cheers!
.pltk.

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#4 2012-10-02 13:46:26

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

From  the Debian installation Guide:

Although in some cases the firmware can also be loaded from a partition on a
hard disk, the most common method to load firmware will be from some removable
medium such as a floppy disk or a USB stick. The firmware files or packages
must be placed in either the root directory or a directory named /firmware of
the file system on the medium. The recommended file system to use is FAT as
that is most certain to be supported during the early stages of the
installation.

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#5 2012-10-02 13:50:24

el_koraco
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Registered: 2011-07-25
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

plutek wrote:

all my USB sticks are ext4!

Why?

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#6 2012-10-02 14:07:23

plutek
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

:-) cuz why not?

i'm only using them between linux machines anyway...

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#7 2012-10-02 14:35:57

el_koraco
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Registered: 2011-07-25
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

It's just that there's no benefit, and the ext4 journal is eating away five percent of the sticks.

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#8 2012-10-02 14:37:54

plutek
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

point taken.

thanks, el_koraco!

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#9 2012-10-02 14:52:33

xaos52
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Re: [SOLVED] firmware from USB stick during install

IIRC you can specify at file system creation time if you want the 5%

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