I am running Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit) on a SONY VAIO M (Model VPCM111AX/W (Atom N450)) which appears to have a RaLink RT3090 wireless card. So far everything seems to work except the WLAN.
The problem is that the wireless does not appear to be switched on. This computer doesn't have a key combination to toggle the wireless. Instead it has a physical switch on the front. The switch is in the "on" position, and the green LED is on. (It isn't a toggle switch with a spring like on an Aspire One, rather it has an "on" position and an "off" position and a green LED turns on when it is on, so you'd think it would be pretty obvious if it were off.)
At the bottom of this post I have appended diagnostic messages from a variety of utilities that seemed more or less relevant.
Can anyone tell me the status of the RaLink RT3090 with Ubuntu 10.04? I have looked through various posts here about getting this card working with earlier versions of the OS, where complicated procedures with mixed and apparently intermittent results are described. Do these measures also need to be followed with 10.04?
How can I tell if an old solution (say from some of the posts here from last autumn) is still valid for 10.04? (I don't really want to superstitiously keep trying things in the hopes that something might work. I'd prefer to diagnose what the real problem is and address that specifically. Although I'm not sure how much time it would be worth spending on it. Possibly better to take the computer back to the store and get a different one?)
Thank you in advance to anyone who can point me in the right direction towards getting this working.
A few notes/clarifications:
Note 1: I have not installed Ubuntu to my hard drive yet because I want to be sure it'll work first. I'm running from a bootable USB flashdrive set up from the ISO by Unetbootin (as described in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick). Is there any reason to expect that wireless might work if the OS is booted from a HDD if it doesn't work when booted from USB?
Note 2: I also briefly tried running Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition from the USB and that has the same problem with the wireless.
Note 3: Wired Ethernet works fine.
Note 4: Is it odd that the device is wlan0 rather than ra0? And is it odd that wlan0 seems to be associated with "RT2860 Wireless” and "RT2860STA" rather than with names with "RT3090" in them?
Note 5: The wireless works fine in Windows 7 and I make sure it is turned on when I shut down the system prior to booting from the USB.
Note 6: (Possibly irrelevant) The SONY VAIO update utility had me update the Windows driver for the RT3090. The reason given was that the factory installed driver causes problems with audio playback during boot.
- Device: wlan0 ----------------------------------------------------------------
Type: 802.11 WiFi
HW Address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
WEP Encryption: yes
WPA Encryption: yes
WPA2 Encryption: yes
Wireless Access Points
- Device: eth0 [Auto eth0] ----------------------------------------------------
. . . plus more details on eth0.
lspci -v reports:
01:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
Subsystem: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16.
Memory at fe900000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: rt3090
Kernel modules: rt3090sta
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:24:be:ba:21:69
inet addr:192.168.10.107 Bcast:192.168.10.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::224:beff:feba:2169/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:27 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:29 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:3163 (3.1 KB) TX bytes:4506 (4.5 KB)
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:44 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:44 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:3312 (3.3 KB) TX bytes:3312 (3.3 KB)
lo no wireless extensions.
wlan0 RT2860 Wireless ESSID:"" Nickname:"RT2860STA"
Mode:Auto Frequency=2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=10/100 Signal level:0 dBm Noise level:-87 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
eth0 no wireless extensions.
"sudo lshw -C network" gives:
description: Wireless interface
product: RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
logical name: wlan0
width: 32 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rt3090 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=RT2860 Wireless
resources: irq:16 memory:fe900000-fe90ffff
description: Ethernet interface
product: JMC260 PCI Express Fast Ethernet Controller
vendor: JMicron Technology Corp.
physical id: 0.5
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.5
logical name: eth0
width: 32 bits
capabilities: pm pciexpress msix msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=jme driverversion=1.0.5 duplex=full ip=192.168.10.107
latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
resources: irq:27 memory:fe800000-fe803fff ioport:e100(size=128) ioport:e000(size=256)
"ifconfig wlan0 up" gives:
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Permission denied
"sudo ifconfig wlan0 up" gives:
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not permitted