Mini.iso doesn't load wireless drivers

Bug #1047092 reported by cariboo on 2012-09-06
This bug affects 1 person
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linux-firmware (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Now that the alternate installation iso has been discontinued, the developers have suggest that the mini.iso/netinst.iso be used to replace it. THis is a wonderful idea, but the mini/netinst.iso doesn't support wireless devices. THis affects many of the user base that don't have access to an ethernet connection.

I tried using the mini.iso to install Quantal with only a known working wireless device, The install process detected that there was a wireless device plugged in, but not the make/model, so no drivers were loaded. THe device works well running Quantal this is the output of sudo lshw -C network:

       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 1
       bus info: usb@1:7
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 00:02:72:62:80:68
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=zd1211rw driverversion=3.5.0-13-generic firmware=4725 ip= link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg

and the output of lsusb:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS ZD1211B 802.11g

Is there a way to gather any information about hardware detection and driver loading when running the mini.iso?

To reproduce the problem:

1. plug a usb wireless device in to a usb port
2. boot from the mini.iso
3. At the network setup screen select the wireless device from the list
4 enter the ESSID when asked
5. select wpa from the encryption type screen
6. enter the wpa password
7 go back to step 4

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This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: quantal
cariboo (cariboo) on 2012-09-06
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Brad Figg (brad-figg) on 2012-09-07
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
cariboo (cariboo) wrote :

I can't post any logs, as this is just booting from the mini.iso, pressing Alt-F2 brings me to a busybox console, pressing Alt-F4 shows the log output on screen, but there is no way to copy the output to a working system. I did take a picture of the log output on screen. Hope this helps.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
cariboo (cariboo) wrote :

It seems the problem is due to a missing firmware directory. In the regular Live CD there is a directory called /lib/firmware, where all the firmware files needed for wireless devices are located. In order for wireless device to work with the mini.iso this needs to be included.

tags: added: kernel-wifi
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

The netboot installer includes nic-usb-modules, which includes the zd1211rw driver. Contrary to the reporter's claim, the /lib/firmware directory *is* available (you can check this easily using the shell on Alt-F2), by way of the netboot installer also including nic-firmware. However, while the zd1211 firmware is in the linux-firmware deb, it is not in the nic-firmware udeb.

This will be a simple packaging fix in linux-firmware, so reassigning.

affects: linux (Ubuntu) → linux-firmware (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux-firmware (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Incidentally, as well as zd1211, you should add the zd1201 firmware while you're there. In general any network driver shipped in a udeb should have any firmware it requires from the linux-firmware package shipped in the nic-firmware udeb to match.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package linux-firmware - 1.92

linux-firmware (1.92) quantal; urgency=low

  * Add zd1201.fw and zd1211/* to nic-firmware.lst
    -LP: #1047092
 -- Leann Ogasawara <email address hidden> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:22:04 -0700

Changed in linux-firmware (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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