I had a few issues with this card in Gutsy, but it worked.
RT2500 in Hardy has been the bane of my life. I've tried suggestions posted in myriad places, from ndiswrapper (on a 64bit system = headache... in fact, scratch that - ndiswrapper ITSELF = headache) to serialmonkey to supposed 'better' drivers in unstable & testing. I could've sworn that when I looked at the supported list of wireless chipsets, the rt2500 was right up there - how can that be so when (at the very least) the drivers that come with Ubuntu are simply awful?
Incorrectly setting the wrong transfer rate to 1mb is daft and forgivable. Weaker connection than the same hardware running XP is a bit annoying, but again, at least you can get online. Then when the connection decides to randomly work/NOT work, it gets beyond a joke. I hate seeing this in other rant threads, but i'm > < this close to calling it a day with Hardy until I can find something more viable.
As I type this on my Eee, i'm randomly trying to connect to my network on the desktop, and it's just more infuriating every time it comes up with nothing... or... yes, there it is: Connected with zero signal strength. Joy.
To make matters worse, i've got my partner asking 'why can't you just give up and put Vista on it?'. Well, no, not asking. Taunting me with her laptop (Vista) which, she confidently tells me, is SOOOOO much better than my (yeah, we claimed ownership of the computers after I refused to put Vista on the desktop) computer - because hers WORKS.
Normally - at least with every other Linux 'hiccup' (i'm going to start referring to them as rungs on a ladder to... somewhere good) I first assume I broke something, then try to fix it. Best way to learn, right? Then, if that's not the case, I scour the web for known issues and workarounds (and think up some for myself - honest!). If nothing works, i'll bite the bullet and do a fresh install, see if I can replicate the problem, figure out what did it, and not do it again. Workflow, see?
No amount of effort, logic or re-installations can solve the rt2500 drama. I reckon it's magic. Or propaganda. Or perhaps aliens.
Is there a way of making it work? I dunno. Pretty much every thread i've read has been solved my either fixing a stupid mistake on the OP's end, or the connection magically working again!
So I went to PC World, convinced that the card would simply not work anymore: "Do you know if this is Linux compatible?" I asked. Laugh? I nearly cried. Stupid me.
The one I bought (Netgear WG311) is apparently nigh on impossible to get working with 64bit Linux - at least I could find that out after a little searching - no wall+head=pain there. A simple 'nope'.
Next idea: my Eee has lovely fast internet - y'reckon there's a PCI with the same chipset available that I can use the Eee's driver with? And out of interest, does anyone know of another distro that handles the rt2500 better than Ubuntu? Guess I should have a go at another one anyway, playing with Ubuntu has been so much fun.
If you've read this far, please... PLEASE. If you know anything that I can do, let me know. Hell, i'll give out my home address for a letter, come meet you anywhere in the country, whatever. It's not a case of getting it working now - it's a battle for superiority over the evil Ralink.