On Friday I was installing lenny RC1 on a Dell server that has such interfaces. Conviniently the RC1 (as opposed to the beta 1) installer stopped and requested the network card’s firmware if it was available. I placed the firmware in a USB stick, plugged it in on the server, let the installer locate it on the stick and the installation continued like a charm. Here are the needed steps:
- On a working lenny machine change your /etc/apt/sources.list to include the non-free repository. For example:
- As root run apt-get install firmware-bnx2 and then
- copy /lib/firmware/bnx2-* to the USB stick.
Now you can happily continue your installation and spread the Debian virus.