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    RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Machine: HP Envy dv6-7247cl Notebook
    Wireless: RT5390
    OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (uname -mr: 3.2.0-34-generic x86_64)

    lspci | grep "Netw"
    04:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    lsmod
    rt5390sta 1451753 0 <--- I ran this after completing the steps below

    dmesg | grep rt5390sta
    [ 9.720306] rt5390sta: module license 'unspecified' taints kernel.

    *-network UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: Ralink corp.
    vendor: Ralink corp.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    resources: memory:c2500000-c250ffff
    ================================================== ========================

    This is a brand new laptop on which I installed Ubuntu 12.04. The wireless card is not recognized. I tried to follow the instructions presented in the following posts:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...7&postcount=42
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1645716

    but I wasn't successful. When I install Ubuntu 12.10, the network card is picked up as RT2800 and it works fine as noted in this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...u+12.10+RT5390 Unfortunately, I do need 12.04!

    The driver that I downloaded is: 2011_1007_RT5390_RT5392_Linux_STA_V2.5.0.3_DPO_v2. bz2.bz2

    1. Unzipped bz2 file mentioned above.
    2. Changed the following in .\os\linux\config.mk
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y #was already y
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y #was n, changed to y
    3. Ran the following:
    sudo make
    sudo make install
    Both ran without errors.
    4. Then
    sudo rm -rf /etc/Wireless/RT2860STA
    sudo mkdir /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA
    sudo cp RT2860STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA/RT5390STA.dat
    5. When I look under /lib/modules/3.2.0-34-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
    I do see that rt5390sta.ko was copied there with the right timestamp.

    6. In /etc/modules I have added rt5390sta

    7. In /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf I have
    blacklist rt2800pci

    I have rebooted the laptop but I do not see the Wireless adapter in the terminal or UI. I would appreciate any help with this. Thanks.

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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Is it possible that the driver you built doesn't actually drive your device (he asks rhetorically)? Please run:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    The vendor and device ID will appear, possibly 1814:539b. Now let's search the module you built for that ID:
    Code:
    modinfo rt5390sta | grep -i 539B  <-or whatever the last four characters you found
    Yes? No?

    We are fascinated but not surprised at your report.

    EDIT: This is probably fixable with a heatgun, duct tape and pop rivets.
    Last edited by chili555; December 11th, 2012 at 12:50 AM.
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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Thank you for your response.

    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. Device [1814:539b]
    Code:
    modinfo rt5390sta
    
    filename:       /lib/modules/3.2.0-34-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt5390sta.ko
    version:        2.6.0.0
    srcversion:     82742A8318611B38963E45B
    alias:          pci:v00001186d00003C05sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00005362sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00005392sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d0000539Fsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00005390sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00003390sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00003092sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00003091sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001814d00003090sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    depends:        
    vermagic:       3.2.0-34-generic SMP mod_unload modversions 
    parm:           mac:rt28xx: wireless mac addr (charp)
    Last edited by ironv; December 11th, 2012 at 01:25 AM.

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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    You seem pretty adept, so I'll explain it thus. I have no idea this will actually work, but let's take a shot. In the package you extracted, open the file os/linux/pci_main_dev.c with a text editor. Add your device about line 75 like this:
    #ifdef RT5390
    {PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC5390_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    {PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC539F_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    {PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    {PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    {PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC5362_PCI_DEVICE_ID)},
    #endif /* RT5390 */
    All before and after are unchanged. Make sure the spacing, brackets, et al are perfect. Proofread, save and close the text editor. Now recompile:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/2011_1007_RT5390_RT5392_Linux_STA_V2.5.0.3_DPO_v2  <--or wherever you extracted the package
    sudo su
    make clean
    make
    make install
    modprobe -r rt5390sta
    modprobe rt5390sta
    exit
    Any improvement?
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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Search for NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID in all directories.
    Code:
    $ grep -r -n NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID .
    
    ./include/chip/chip_id.h:60:#define NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID 	0x5392
    ./include/chip/rt5390.h:67:#define NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID 	0x5392
    ./os/linux/pci_main_dev.c:75:	{PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    ./os/linux/rt_rbus_pci_drv.c:1380:	(device_id ==  NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)	||
    ./os/linux/rt_rbus_pci_drv.c:1669:				case NIC5392_PCIe_DEVICE_ID:
    Duplicate that line and replace 2 with B.
    Code:
    $ grep -r -n NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID .
    
    ./include/chip/chip_id.h:61:#define NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID	0x539B
    ./include/chip/rt5390.h:68:#define NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID 	0x539B
    ./os/linux/pci_main_dev.c:76:	{PCI_DEVICE(NIC_PCI_VENDOR_ID, NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)},
    ./os/linux/rt_rbus_pci_drv.c:1381:	(device_id ==  NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID)	||
    ./os/linux/rt_rbus_pci_drv.c:1670:				case NIC539B_PCIe_DEVICE_ID:
    Then followed the steps that you listed. The code does not compile unless ALL the above changes are made.

    And it works! I have been testing the connection for the last few minutes and it seems OK! I really appreciate your quick response and the suggestions.
    Last edited by ironv; December 11th, 2012 at 04:24 AM.

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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Excellent. Thanks for your careful explanation which, I'm quite confident, will be used again may times. Glad it's working.

    CAUTION: This fix is for device ID 1814:539b only!
    Last edited by chili555; December 11th, 2012 at 03:54 PM.
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    Re: RT5390 not working with 12.04

    Update: the driver that was created based on the modifications listed above was very unstable and resulted in many other issue. I had to remove it within a day.

    The following solution has worked for me -- http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2083204 (using the back port mentioned in the last post). Installation was very fast, and the wireless card worked flawlessly after I rebooted the machine.

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