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Re: Unusable Realtek NIC after upgrading to NetBSD 9
On set 17 8:55, Vincent DEFERT wrote:
> You could try opening the firmware update's executable as an archive
> (they are often SFX - self-extracting ZIP archives),
> extract its contents to a FAT-formatted USB pen drive,
> reboot the laptop with the pen drive attached
> and enter the BIOS firmware flash utility (often the F7 key).
This is a good advice, which can be useful for similar cases. As regards
my laptop, the file is
(yes, the Compaq BIOS update is distributed by HP, it sounded weird to
I tried to extract it with GUI `Ark' on Linux, with CLI `unrar' and by
executing the file itself, after renaming it as `sfx', as suggested
It didn't work, so maybe it's a different format.
> If you found a firmware update from 2014, your laptop may not be
> so old it can't update from a USB stick. :)
No, in fact IIRC it should also be able to boot from a USB stick (maybe
just for one of the external connectors, not all of them).
If the NIC never worked, a BIOS update could be meaningful. But this is
a different case. If with 8.1 the NIC worked, it should also work with
Of course, a driver design requires a massive work I can't imagine and I
understand that simple needs of the user are not that much simple from
the developer's perspective.
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