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    Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    I just replaced a Lenovo G570 laptop(Intel 940 CPU) with a HP g7 (Intel i3-2350) so that virtualization would work in 64 bit. However, the only Linux distro that will work with wireless is Suse 12.1. I've installed Mint, Kubuntu, and Netrunner, and all of them connect perfectly when running live CD, but full installations will not connect. Also, neither does eth0 connect. This makes it hard to investigate online help, since I have to reboot into Windows to work.

    The wireless card is a Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n. The same driver is shown in Live CD mode and full mode, rt2800pci.

    I'm about cross-eyed reading the various forums for a solution. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thanx!

    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Quote Originally Posted by ronrut View Post
    I just replaced a Lenovo G570 laptop(Intel 940 CPU) with a HP g7 (Intel i3-2350) so that virtualization would work in 64 bit. However, the only Linux distro that will work with wireless is Suse 12.1. I've installed Mint, Kubuntu, and Netrunner, and all of them connect perfectly when running live CD, but full installations will not connect. Also, neither does eth0 connect. This makes it hard to investigate online help, since I have to reboot into Windows to work.

    The wireless card is a Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n. The same driver is shown in Live CD mode and full mode, rt2800pci.

    I'm about cross-eyed reading the various forums for a solution. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thanx!

    Ron
    More information; even though all the Ubuntu variations show the available connections, they don't acquire an ip address. They just churn until they time out, then say (in the Network Manager popup) "waiting on authorization", even though there is no physical window coming up to ask for it. It is stored properly in the setup. I found that if I manually install an ip address and netmask, I can connect to the router and log into its setup page. So that means the net card in the laptop is functioning properly. But, no matter how I configure beyond that, no internet. Next I connected the non-working LAN port (basically was just churning for an ip address, like the wireless) directly to the adsl modem, and I got connected and was able to get all the packages updated, etc. I did this in both Netrunner and Mint. However, neither would connect in wireless or LAN when setup normally, as at the beginning.

    So, it seems to me that the fairly old Microsoft wireless router is not up to the task at hand, even though it works ok with Suse 12.1 and Win7. The still really odd thing is that they all connect perfectly when using the live CD. I have a new router on the way, and hope to see all this behind me within a day or two!

    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Hi, please post the output of:
    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    lsusb
    iwconfig
    rfkill list all
    lsmod
    by clicking on new reply and click # then paste the information between the brackets.
    Thank you

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=13
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=maya
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 13 Maya"
    Linux dad-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC 3.2.0-23-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 10 20:39:51 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    
    
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. RT5390 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe [1814:5390]
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company U98Z077.00 Half-size Mini PCIe Card [103c:1636]
    	Kernel driver in use: rt2800pci
    --
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1671]
    	Kernel driver in use: r8169
    
    lsusb
    No command 'lusb' found, did you mean:
     Command 'lush' from package 'lush' (universe)
     Command 'lsusb' from package 'usbutils' (main)
    lusb: command not found
    
    iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"wirelessshit"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: 00:0D:3A:26:2E:F7   
              Bit Rate=36 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=53/70  Signal level=-57 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:102   Missed beacon:0
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    
    lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    nls_iso8859_1          12713  1 
    nls_cp437              16991  1 
    vfat                   17585  1 
    fat                    61512  1 vfat
    uas                    18027  0 
    usb_storage            49198  1 
    parport_pc             32866  0 
    ppdev                  17113  0 
    rfcomm                 47604  0 
    bnep                   18281  2 
    bluetooth             180104  10 rfcomm,bnep
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi     32474  1 
    snd_hda_codec_idt      70795  1 
    binfmt_misc            17540  1 
    hp_wmi                 18092  0 
    sparse_keymap          13890  1 hp_wmi
    snd_hda_intel          33773  3 
    snd_hda_codec         127706  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13668  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm                97188  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    arc4                   12529  2 
    uvcvideo               72627  0 
    videodev               98259  1 uvcvideo
    v4l2_compat_ioctl32    17128  1 videodev
    rt2800pci              18715  0 
    wmi                    19256  1 hp_wmi
    rt2800lib              58925  1 rt2800pci
    crc_ccitt              12667  1 rt2800lib
    rt2x00pci              14577  1 rt2800pci
    rt2x00lib              55301  3 rt2800pci,rt2800lib,rt2x00pci
    psmouse                87603  0 
    serio_raw              13211  0 
    mac80211              506816  3 rt2800lib,rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib
    snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
    joydev                 17693  0 
    snd_rawmidi            30748  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
    rts_pstor             445196  0 
    snd_seq                61896  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              29990  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14540  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    snd                    78855  16 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    i915                  468651  2 
    cfg80211              205544  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
    eeprom_93cx6           12725  1 rt2800pci
    mac_hid                13253  0 
    drm_kms_helper         46978  1 i915
    soundcore              15091  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc         18529  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    drm                   242038  3 i915,drm_kms_helper
    mei                    41616  0 
    i2c_algo_bit           13423  1 i915
    video                  19596  1 i915
    lp                     17799  0 
    parport                46562  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    usbhid                 47199  0 
    hid                    99559  1 usbhid
    r8169                  62099  0
    This was the first cold reboot in Mint since the updates, and I got the message about waiting for networking, then it disabled NetManager. But it did return the fact that it was connected to our router ("wirelesssh*t"). The driver in use is the same one that Suse used.

    Thank you for helping.

    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Hi, please do:
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/rt2800pci.conf
    Add one line:

    Code:
    options rt2800pci nohwcrypt=1
    Proofread carefully, save and close gedit.

    This should work if you are using ubuntu or mint is still based on ubuntu, if it still does not connect post the output of:
    Code:
    nm-tool
    Reboot.

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    No dice on the conf file, wildmanne39. Below is the output of nm-tool. Still got the message at boot up about waiting on networking. Didn't get that until I got the direct connection and got the updates.

    Code:
    nm-tool
    ** (process:1966): WARNING **: Could not initialize NMClient /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager: The name org.freedesktop.NetworkManager was not provided by any .service files
    
    NetworkManager Tool
    
    State: unknown
    
    
    ** (process:1966): WARNING **: error: could not connect to NetworkManager
    I think I will boot the live CD and run the diags and see if there is any difference. If I see any, I'll post it.

    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Hi, try this:
    Code:
    sudo service Network-manager start
    if it does not work try the following with the ethernet plugged in:
    Code:
    sudo dhclient eth0
    it appears there is an issue with network manager also post:
    Code:
    ps aux | grep nm-apple
    Thanks

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    While on the live CD, I went on and got this:

    Code:
    nm-tool
    
    NetworkManager Tool
    
    State: connected (global)
    
    - Device: eth0 -----------------------------------------------------------------
      Type:              Wired
      Driver:            r8169
      State:             unavailable
      Default:           no
      HW Address:        80:C1:6E:60:59:25
    
      Capabilities:
        Carrier Detect:  yes
    
      Wired Properties
        Carrier:         off
    
    
    - Device: wlan0  [wirelessshit] ------------------------------------------------
      Type:              802.11 WiFi
      Driver:            rt2800pci
      State:             connected
      Default:           yes
      HW Address:        08:ED:B9:10:8E:75
    
      Capabilities:
        Speed:           54 Mb/s
    
      Wireless Properties
        WEP Encryption:  yes
        WPA Encryption:  yes
        WPA2 Encryption: yes
    
      Wireless Access Points (* = current AP)
        TIDWELL:         Infra, 00:23:97:C9:46:CD, Freq 2457 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 12 WPA WPA2
        Spaceball1:      Infra, 00:18:F8:7C:51:67, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 15 WEP
        *wirelessshit:   Infra, 00:0D:3A:26:2E:F7, Freq 2412 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 69 WPA
        garyandmelanie:  Infra, 58:6D:8F:D4:9C:94, Freq 2462 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 19 WPA WPA2
        belkin.79c:      Infra, 08:86:3B:14:27:9C, Freq 2462 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 19 WPA WPA2
    
      IPv4 Settings:
        Address:         192.168.2.5
        Prefix:          24 (255.255.255.0)
        Gateway:         192.168.2.1
    
        DNS:             192.168.2.1
    booting back into the installed version now.....

    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    And here's the rest:

    Code:
    Hi, try this:
    Code:
    
    sudo service Network-manager start
    
    Network-manager: unrecognized service
    
    if it does not work try the following with the ethernet plugged in:
    Code:
    
    sudo dhclient eth0
    
    RTNETLINK answers: Operation not permitted
    
    it appears there is an issue with network manager also post:
    Code:
    
    ps aux | grep nm-apple
    
    dad       1541  0.0  0.3 678928 15852 ?        Sl   21:26   0:00 nm-applet
    dad       2314  0.0  0.0  13580   936 pts/1    S+   21:37   0:00 grep --colour=auto nm-apple
    Ron

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    Re: Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter Help

    Hi, this is very hard without at least one form of connection to the internet, can you tether you cell phone?

    If not do you have synaptic installed?

    Also go into your router settings and change wpa to just wpa2 if you have that option it works best with ubuntu.
    Thanks

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