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    Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    I just installed ubuntu 12.04 on a new computer and now I can't connect to my wireless network. I can connect with a wired connection and on my laptop with a wireless connection so I know my internet is working. I have a ralink 539b controller. I have tried to install the driver for this controller by following some of the other threads but haven't been able to get it to work. Can someone please help?

    david@Desktop:~$ lspci | grep Network
    04:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b
    david@Desktop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    Can you explain exactly what you have tried in as far as installing another driver and where it failed? The more specific you can be, the better.

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    Here's what I did.

    downloaded 3473742-Ralink_5390sta-2.5.0.3_dkms.tar.gz
    ran the following commands:

    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential dkms
    sudo tar xvf 3473742-Ralink_5390sta-2.5.0.3_dkms.tar.gz -C /usr/src
    sudo dkms add -m Ralink_5390sta -v 2.5.0.3
    sudo dkms install -m Ralink_5390sta -v 2.5.0.3
    sudo modprobe -v rt5390sta
    uname -a
    iwconfig
    sudo iwlist scan
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo update-initramfs -u

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    Not sure where it failed, it just didn't help me connect. I'm not sure what to look for...

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    I found some instructions very similar to what you posted, here:

    http://forumubuntusoftware.info/view...hp?f=72&t=8459

    but that thread includes an extra step you left out (or you left it out of the posting here):

    Code:
    sudo dkms build -m Ralink_5390sta -v 2.5.0.3
    after the "add" and before the "install." Can you confirm you did the build step too? If not, go back and do that now, then re-do everything after that.

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    Nope, I missed that line. I entered the line that I missed plus the others as shown below. Still no luck.

    sudo dkms build -m Ralink_5390sta -v 2.5.0.3
    sudo dkms install -m Ralink_5390sta -v 2.5.0.3
    sudo modprobe -v rt5390sta
    uname -a
    iwconfig
    sudo iwlist scan
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo update-initramfs -u

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    Hi
    I am having the same issue with 539b. In ubuntu 12.10 works fine with the rt2800pci that is built-in in the kernel. I had to downgrade to 12.04 because in ubuntu 12.10 my filesystem goes read-only all the time. So now I am without wireless again.
    Could you solve it?

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    Re: Ralink Device 539b - Can't connect to wireless

    use one of the wireless backport metapackages

    I used

    linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-precise-generic

    to good effect on my HP laptop with Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b.

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