How I installed LMDE 5 with working Wi-Fi and fingerprint reader

How to install LMDE 5 on a Framework laptop

Framework laptops have the latest hardware, requiring a Linux kernel >= 5.12.

LMDE 5 “Elsie” is a Debian-based Linux Mint and ships with the 5.10 kernel. It’ll install on a Framework, but it won’t recognize the wireless card.

The easiest solution is to upgrade the LMDE kernel to >= 5.12,

Install LMDE 5

Install LMDE 5 as you would any other disto. You will need to provide a network connection. I shared my phone’s Wi-Fi connection via USB. Once installed, log in. You still won’t have Wi-Fi, so keep your alternative network connection running.

Upgrade the kernel

I chose 5.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64.

sudo apt update -y
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt install -y linux-image-5.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64


Once the laptop comes back, login and update and upgrade one more time.

sudo apt update -y
sudo apt upgrade -y

Configure Wireless

You should get a notification asking you to configure your network. The wireless card is alive and it wants bytes.

Fingerprint Reader

sudo apt install -y gir1.2-fprint-2.0

Install the two .deb files you just downloaded. I find everything works better when installed via the Nemo file explorer instead of using the dpkg command line tool. Simply navigate to the download location and double-click on each file to install them.


I discovered today I was unable to talk to my wireless printer. This wasn’t an issue with other distros I tried. The fix was to navigate to http://localhost:631/ and click on Administration and then Add Printer.

For the record I have a Lexmark C3224.