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    Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    When running Ubuntu 12.10 (or any os with a kernel 3.5 or greater, this problem also happens in Fedora) I encounter a kernel panic after compiling and installing the latest Ralink driver for the rt5390.

    My laptop is an hp dv6.6135dx.

    Here's what I do:

    (this works perfectly in 12.04)

    Download Ralink's latest driver and rename it.

    Code:
    tar xjvf rt.bz2.bz2
    Edit /os/linux/config.mk to make sure these two below values are accurate.
    Code:
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y
    Then the compiling (after installing build-essential and linux-headers-generic of course).

    Code:
    cd rt5390
    sudo su
    make clean
    make
    make install
    modprobe rt5390sta
    exit
    I get some warnings but no errors. I then edit:

    Code:
    /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    and add:

    Code:
    blacklist rt2800pci
    blacklist rt2800lib
    blacklist rt2x00pci
    blacklist rt2x00lib
    Then I get a kernel panic on reboot, I've taken a picture since I can't take a screen-shot.

    Please help, I really would like to use 12.10 so I could have access to the latest AMD drivers.
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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Are you able to boot at all, even in recovery mode? If so, uninstall rt5390sta:
    Code:
    cd rt5390
    sudo su
    make uninstall
    modprobe -r rt5390sta
    exit
    Then reboot and remove the rt2800pci blacklist and tell us what works or not. I believe in 12.10 and forward that rt2800pci covers your device.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Unfortunately I can't even log in to the recovery console (ctrl+alt+f1, is that what you even call it?) before the kernel panic occurs. The rt2800pci driver is compatible but drops the wireless connection every 5 minutes.

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Exactly the same over here. I can boot, but it gaves me a kernel panic in 5 minutes or so before it happens. At least the wifi works perfectly before it.

    Thank you very much chili555, you're the master of this!

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Quote Originally Posted by dotpc View Post
    Unfortunately I can't even log in to the recovery console (ctrl+alt+f1, is that what you even call it?) before the kernel panic occurs. The rt2800pci driver is compatible but drops the wireless connection every 5 minutes.
    I meant when the GRUB menu comes up or you bring it up with the shift key: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    I can even log in, and use the wifi, but the kernel panic happens in 5 minutes or so.
    Uninstalling the rt5390sta module is not an option for me because im a little far from the router and the connection drops a lot with the other module, if I can't fix this I should buy a usb key...

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Alas, I've also tried this but it doesn't really matter since the rt2800pci driver works so poorly.

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Chili,
    Do you know of any steps to improve rt2800pci's resiliency?

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Weighing back in! I started having disconnect issues on KDE, which led me to try many other avenues ... eventually leading to Arch Linux and using netcfg.

    Performance is amazing, and I've had ZERO disconnects over many days. This problem seems to be part of network manager after all. Chiec, if you are brave you should try Arch and netcfg (or maybe wicd in Ubuntu).

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    Re: Ralink rt5390 driver causing kernel panic.

    Hello,
    This command doesn't work anymore in Ubuntu 13.04:

    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-quantal-generic

    Is there any alternative?

    (My problem is described here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2137576&page=2)

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