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Very new to this. I had an old laptop laying around and wiped out windows and installed Raspberry Pi Desktop. My Cd/dvd works. Usb ports work. But ethernet and wifi are both down.

Does anyone know how I can fix this?

  • I went to raspberrypi,org and got the raspberry pi desktop iso and burned it to a dvd. Used it as a boot disc and installed the OS. – matnik84 Dec 30 '18 at 3:38
  • it is difficult to guess what the problem may be, since we do not know what kind of hardware you are using ..... try running Knoppix live DVD instead – jsotola Dec 30 '18 at 5:36
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It is difficult to help because it is not a Raspberry Pi you installed the operating system. It is an intel/amd architecture, not an ARM one. I have not used the Raspberry Pi Desktop but I think it is a default Debian installation just with the RasPi Desktop on top of it. So you should look for troubleshooting on debian installations.

I guess the ethernet and wifi devices on your laptop are not supported by drivers out of the box. Look for the error messages in journalctl -b, examine what chips are used for ethernet and wifi, usually with lspci. Maybe you need to load firmware to the chips, journalctl will show you this. Various firmware packages you will find with apt list firmware-*. If unsure what to use look at the details with apt show. For example apt show firmware-iwlwifi will give you a list what intel wifi adapter are supported by this package.

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