[LINUX] HOW TO FIX: W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw
This took me quite awhile to figure out so I thought I would share it

Note: I'm on a Zotac FUSION350-A-E board Runing Natty Ubuntu

While walking though Robotica's guide I noticed a couple errors:

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

I went about trying to find my missing firmware, better to get it taken care of before I run into a real problem I figgure.

You can do a:
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 "8.027.00" drivers for Linux 1/2 way down the page

Download the r8168-8.027.00.tar.bz2 file to your linux box. I used a wget on my FTP server

Unpack the tarball :
tar vjxf r8168-8.aaa.bb.tar.bz2

Change to the directory:
cd r8168-8.aaa.bb

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

sudo ./autorun.sh

finally do another
sudo update-initramfs -u

to make sure the error goes away

Just like to say that I'm pretty sure the warning isn't an issue. I have quite a few debian linux boxes and they all say this and work fine.

If anyone can tell me why doing this is A Good Thing ™ then I'll take a look at it.
1) This method won't automatically update the firmware when it gets updated.
2) This is already in the repositories.
3) This is the "correct" way to do it so you don't have random stuff in your install that isn't tracted:
apt-get install firmware-realtek


Edit: I guess you're running Debian's special-ed little sibling:

It's in:
apt-get install linux-firmware

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