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#1 2020-12-28 22:23:59

BoneZ
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Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

So I just built a new AMD system this week based on an X570 motherboard and 5900x CPU. I installed Refracta OS and even Devuan Beowulf (alongside Windows on a separate partition) and could not get either the WiFi nor the Ethernet to work. So that means no updating or installing. This is not an issue on Ubuntu-based distros.

This was also not an issue on my previous AMD system with a B450 motherboard and 3700x CPU. Just for reference, this new system has the Intel WiFi 6 AX200 160 Mhz chip, and Realtek PCIe 2.5GbE Ethernet chip.

Just wanted to report this issue for future updates of Devuan. I enjoy using Devuan/Refracta OS on one of my PC's as a lightweight distro that just works well. However with no networking, that is currently not possible on newer systems. I'm also a Linux noob, so I won't be doing any building of driver packages, etc. I'm more of an install and everything just works out of the box type.

Thanks for reading!

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#2 2020-12-28 23:05:41

zapper
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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

BoneZ wrote:

So I just built a new AMD system this week based on an X570 motherboard and 5900x CPU. I installed Refracta OS and even Devuan Beowulf (alongside Windows on a separate partition) and could not get either the WiFi nor the Ethernet to work. So that means no updating or installing. This is not an issue on Ubuntu-based distros.

This was also not an issue on my previous AMD system with a B450 motherboard and 3700x CPU. Just for reference, this new system has the Intel WiFi 6 AX200 160 Mhz chip, and Realtek PCIe 2.5GbE Ethernet chip.

Just wanted to report this issue for future updates of Devuan. I enjoy using Devuan/Refracta OS on one of my PC's as a lightweight distro that just works well. However with no networking, that is currently not possible on newer systems. I'm also a Linux noob, so I won't be doing any building of driver packages, etc. I'm more of an install and everything just works out of the box type.

Thanks for reading!

Which amd processors are on your system and what year were they out at?

More info might be useful... if they ryzen processors, you might have issues... at least without blobs anyways... sad

There is a way though to get your wifi card working though. You need to alas, enable the non-free repository.

Someone here can give you more info, I am sure, but if even ethernet isn't an option, I cannot help you further, but someone else might be able to.


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#3 2020-12-28 23:12:07

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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

That CPU and the wireless & internet cards are only supported by the kernel version in the beowulf-backports repository. The wireless card also needs the backported iwlwifi firmware package and the ethernet card probably needs the backported Realtek firmware package.

These are known issues and the package versions in the main beowulf repositories will never be bumped because that's not how Devuan works but thank you for your report :-)


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#4 2020-12-28 23:14:44

zapper
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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

Welp, I guess there is your answer...

-_-

Just a quick edit though,  you may have to switch distros if you aren't willing to build or install using .deb packages.

It really isn't that hard, but if your unwilling, alas... nothing we can do. sad

Last edited by zapper (2020-12-28 23:16:28)


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#5 2020-12-29 00:53:39

BoneZ
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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

Thank you for your replies. I actually use Refracta OS, but it's not much different than Devuan. I only tried Devuan when I couldn't get networking working in the latest version of Refracta. If I can't use Refracta, then I would use Mint, but I'm having issues with getting Refracta Snapshot working on Mint, which I have already posted about elsewhere. Thank you!

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#6 2020-12-29 01:04:01

fsmithred
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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

Here's one with backports kernel (kinda old one now) and wireless firmware already installed for testing new hardware. It's not the full mix - openbox, lxpanel, not a lot else.
https://get.refracta.org/files/experime … 5_1323.iso

Update: Here's a newer one with 5.9 kernel.
https://get.refracta.org/files/experime … 9_0205.iso

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#7 2020-12-29 02:55:30

BoneZ
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Re: Wifi and Ethernet not working in Devuan on newer AMD system

fsmithred wrote:

Here's one with backports kernel (kinda old one now) and wireless firmware already installed for testing new hardware. It's not the full mix - openbox, lxpanel, not a lot else.
https://get.refracta.org/files/experime … 5_1323.iso

Update: Here's a newer one with 5.9 kernel.
https://get.refracta.org/files/experime … 9_0205.iso

Thanks for the reply! When you get a chance could you look at the second part of my thread here:

https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=4023

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