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Sunday, December 14, 2014

[SOLVED] - HOW TO FIX: W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw

While trying to update initramfs I encountered an error which took me quite sometime to fix. After trying various solutions this is what worked for me.

 W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw for module r8169  
 W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-1.fw for module r8169  

You can do a (Open your terminal & check):
 sudo update-initramfs -u  

To see if you have this problem.

Next Check which Realtek chipset you have using: 

If you have an r8168 chipset go here:

Find the "r8168-8.039.00" drivers for Ubuntu/Linux in the 'Unix (Linux)' section of the page.

Download the r8168-8.039.00.tar.bz2 file to your linux box.

In the terminal go to the directory where you've downloaded the above file & Unpack the tarball :
 tar vjxf  

Change to the extracted/unzipped directory:
 cd r8168-8.039.00  

If you are running the target kernel, then you should be able to do :
 sudo ./  

finally do another 
 sudo update-initramfs -u  

to make sure the error goes away


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