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Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 4:46 pm
by robosub
I'm running Debian Live Cinnamon from a USB drive to practice Linux. My computer's main OS is Windows 10, and I don't want to replace it, I just want to have a Linux desktop to play around with. I obviously have no Linux experience.
When running Linux my computer does not see available WiFi networks. I've been trying to fix this but I can't find several things, such as Driver Manager. It doesn't exist in this OS. Also, I've tried installing .tar files using Synaptic Package Manager, but can never locate them.
The Live version supposedly doesn't change the hard drive at all while running. Does that mean it doesn't have permission to install software or drivers? Can I fix this without doing a full install of Linux?
The screen, sound and USB mouse all work fine and needed no modification, so it's odd that the WiFi isn't working at all.

Re: Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 5:01 pm
by xenopeek
To be clear, do you actual Debian with "I'm running Debian Live Cinnamon" or you do mean "LMDE Live Cinnamon"? LMDE as in Linux Mint Debian Edition. There's quite a few differences between using Debian and using LMDE.

Re: Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 5:31 pm
by robosub
Actual Debian, sorry I didn't realize there was a difference. I can't learn anything about Linux without a decent Internet connection and I can't get Internet without knowing Linux. :/

Re: Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 2:10 am
by xenopeek
Moved topic here as it isn't about Linux Mint or LMDE.

Perhaps somebody here will respond but for support with Debian I'd suggest using the Debian forums:

Re: Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:29 am
by kc1di
Debian is a fine Distro and one that is the basis for many others such as Ubuntu which is the base for Linux Mint.
But Mint and ubuntu have quite a few differences from Debian. If you want help with debian Then go to the Debian forum as suggested above.
If I were just learning Linux I think I'd use Linux Mint Live cinnamon which you can download from Here :
The most likely culprit is a missing wireless driver which you'll have to install to get it working, but you'll need an ethernet connection inorder to do that easily.
Debian does not use Driver manager thats at ubuntu/mint tool. Give mint a try and if you still do not have wireless. It the live session type this in a terminal
and post the here.

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inxi -Fxz
Good luck.

Re: Debian Live can't see WiFi

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:15 am
by Hoser Rob
If you have no Linux experience Debian, while as mentioned is excellent, is just not suitable.

In fact if you ask the the typical sort of beginner question you're asking here on the Debian support forums, they're generally just going to suggest you install Ubuntu or Mint instead. Which is what I'd suggest too. Not LMDE, it just doesn;'t have the same support as the Mint Ubuntu based editions. Support is really the #1 thing that Linux newbies want because they're going to need it.