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Re: Wireless card on New users computer

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 02:30:42PM +0100, Marc Stephan Nkouly wrote:
> Sorry for not giving enough details initially.

No worries.

> My laptop is LENOVO IDEA PAD 300
> INTEL PROCESSOR of 64 Bits with 4 G Ram & 500 HDD
> Is true I had installed UBUNTU 18.04 But didn't appreciate it's sluginesh
> Ànd now am running DEBIAN 9 with GNOME 3 Desktop environment.
> Is true while doing the installation I saw a warning message that my
> Wireless card require a non free driver with bthe name " iw l wifi-3160-17 "

Thanks for the details.

I see. This is actually the info needed here (actually the driver is probably
called "iwlwifi-3160-17", see below).

> But I didn't had the disc with it as the system asked me to insert it.
> I have done my installation using NET INSTALL and got all the packages from
> the Wired connection.

Asking "apt-file" (this is a very useful command, which is found in a
package with the same name):

  tomas@trotzki:~$ apt-file search iwlwifi-3160
  firmware-iwlwifi: /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3160-12.ucode
  firmware-iwlwifi: /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3160-14.ucode
  firmware-iwlwifi: /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3160-16.ucode
  firmware-iwlwifi: /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3160-17.ucode
  firmware-iwlwifi: /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3160-9.ucode

(Apt-file searches for packages containing a file with that name) reveals
that iwlwifi-3160-17.ucode is contained in a package named "firmware-iwlwifi"
(the suffix .ucode suggests that those are "microcode files", i.e. firmware
to be loaded onto the processor embedded in your wifi hardware.

So installing the package "firmware-iwlwifi" should get you going.

Note that the package itself is in the non-free repository (hardware vendors
sometimes distribute non-free software and don't document their hardware
in a way that would allow us to write software for it, alas). So possibly
you would have to enable the non-free repository. Don't hesitate to ask
if you are unsure.

> I also admit that am a beginners and don't feel comfortable enough to edit
> files using the command line. Nevertheless am here because I want to learn.
> Am also attaching what I had snap during the installation.

Don't worry. We all have things to learn -- actually that is part of the

-- tomás

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