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Wireless Firmware Installation Help

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:02 pm
by tristancook
I am trying to install firmware for my wireless adapter. Following the user guide I found the correct file (firmware-ralink_0.36_all.deb) and placed it into my home/pi directory.
I then type in

sudo apt-get install firmware-ralink_0.36_all.deb

and after a few seconds of 'building dependency tree' and 'reading state information', it tells me

E: Unable to locate package firmware by regex 'firmware-ralink_0.36_all.deb'
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'firmware-ralink_0.36_all.deb'

I have done this a number of tries and checked for typos but it keeps failing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Re: Wireless Firmware Installation Help

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:15 pm
by Spid
Have you updated Raspbian as in this post to see if it will automatically recognise the Adaptor ?

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 27&t=31232


The firmware you download was it for Debian ARHHF ??

Re: Wireless Firmware Installation Help

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:40 pm
by rpdom
Spid wrote:The firmware you download was it for Debian ARHHF ??
I doubt it. The firmware should be for the Adaptor, which unlikely to be running armhf.

Firmware for external devices (unless it contains a loader program - which is usually included in the driver) is universal across all CPU types. It is a binary blob, which is copied onto the adaptor. Note the _all.deb in the filename.

apt-get won't pick up package files placed in just any directory, they need to come from a recognised source. dpkg on the other hand can.