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Old 02-21-2012, 09:41 AM
Josef Vogt
Default Bug#660734: firmware-linux-nonfree: Debian Desktop Installation unusable because radeon firmware is missing

Package: firmware-linux-nonfree
Version: 0.35
Severity: important
Tags: d-i

After a fresh debian installation on my laptop, all the screen goes black and grey after a restart, because the radeon-firmware is missing. This also happens in recovery mode.
I had to manually fix this by copiing the firmware files after starting from a debian CD ROM. I first tried to fix it with different kernel boot parameters, but they all did not help.
The problem does not occure when installing debian squeeze, neither when doing an upgrade from squeeze to wheezy.
This propably concerns other Laptops/Computers with ATI grapic cards. Maybe it is related to GNOME 3 which needs 3D support? (just a guess)
At least, a hint in the installer would be nice so that a user knows he has to use unfree firmware or else he will be unable to use the system.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_LI.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_LI.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

firmware-linux-nonfree depends on no packages.

firmware-linux-nonfree recommends no packages.

Versions of packages firmware-linux-nonfree suggests:
ii initramfs-tools 0.99
ii linux-image-3.2.0-1-amd64 [linux-image] 3.2.4-1

-- no debconf information

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