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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Boot media does not have Qualcomm Atheros driver... stuck Reply with quote

I have a new laptop and I am using the livedvd choice edition for the boot media to do the install. The issue I am having is, there is no driver for the ethernet controller Qualcomm Atheros Device. I looked in dmesg and I believe it has something to do with the error message 'could not fetch firmware file 'ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin`. I am not certain of this, but taking a guess.

in ifconfig I see a wlap61s0, but I believe that is a wifi device(which doesn't work ether). I can't get a dhcpcd lease on it.

How can I get this new install if there the boot media does not have my network driver? Pretty stuck.

Here are photos of my console on my laptop screen with the device info:

https://imgur.com/a/MaJME

https://imgur.com/a/j0AE1

https://imgur.com/a/yMNIC
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Re: Boot media does not have Qualcomm Atheros driver... stuc Reply with quote

dman777 wrote:
... error message 'could not fetch firmware file 'ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin`.

See https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Qualcomm_Atheros_QCA6174
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, but what about the ethernet? Isn't the ethernet controller Qualcomm Atheros Device the ethernet driver? I would like to get the ethernet working for the install. The links above are for the wifi.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dman777 wrote:
... I would like to get the ethernet working for the install. ...

Did you mean the 1969:e0b1?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently suffered from this problem while installing Gentoo on my new laptop, which has one of these QCA6174 WiFi cards and no ethernet. The problem did appear to be lack of up-to-date firmware/drivers for the chip, and none of the links in this thread worked to fix it - I ended up having to install Gentoo via the "install from other linux" route and using the Ubuntu partition that shipped on the machine (Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, ships with Ubuntu).

Is there a way to report this problem to the release engineering team so they could maybe update the liveDVD image to support newer WiFi hardware?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, Release Engineering does not make the LiveDVDs: they are occasional enthusiast creations. You best best for up-to-date firmware is to use a contemporary Minimal Install CD or SystemRescueCd.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
You best best for up-to-date firmware is to use a contemporary Minimal Install CD or SystemRescueCd.

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Ah, that makes sense. I wanted to use the Minimal Install CD, but unlike the LiveDVD it doesn't support UEFI booting, which I needed to use. Are there any plans to add that?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

None that I know of. The LiveDVD is not that useful for Gentoo.

Use the SystemRescueCD. It is a Gentoo based distro designed for recovering data after a hardware failure and includes all the tools necessary for a Gentoo install. At one point in time there was discussion of abandoning the minimal CDs in favor of the SystemRescueCD.
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