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    Smile Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Quote Originally Posted by jeebustrain View Post
    has anyone tried using the newest (07/16/2010) drivers from Ralink's website? Either I'm an idiot or all of the files listed to download are currupted. I can't get them to unpack on any machine (tried several Ubuntu machines and 2 windows machines using winzip).

    I get the same error whether I use the tar command or right click/extract here.
    Code:
    bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

    I moved my RT2760 nic to a new machine I was putting together for my son and never bothered to save the old drivers I downloaded.

    Anyone have a working copy that they might want to post for download (or send me)?
    Hey friend (and fellow stlouisian), I also got the same error you mentioned when I tried to extract from nautilus but it worked fine when I entered the following from the command line:

    $ tar -xzvf 2010_07_16_RT2860_Linux_STA_v2.4.0.0.tar.bz2

    Further, when I compiled, I used sudo checkinstall instead of sudo make install so I have a nice beautiful .deb (to share I suppose.) I can also share the tarball source though if needed. I compiled this on my Asus eeepc 1000 (straight 1000 8 + 32 GB SSDs 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom)
    Last edited by stlouisubntu; July 28th, 2010 at 02:17 AM. Reason: spelling & grammar

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Had the same issue with the Driver not being a BZ2, but tar sorted it out.

    Was stuck solid on this problem, RT2760. Downloaded the RT2860 driver Set, compiled as stated ( I think the sudo su is key ). and it was connected to WPA faster than I could check the status.

    Well done on the How-Too. If only all Ubuntu WIFI issues were this straight forward :

    Time to buy a stack of cheap 20.00 dollar WiFI cards now
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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Thanks very much for this how-to. I adapted it to the RT3060 used in the D-Link DWA-525 I just purchased and seems to be working well.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    When will this find its way into the kernel? I really tire of having to redo this every time the os is updated.

    Perhaps someone could advise as to how a script could be written to do all this automatically.

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Quote Originally Posted by edday View Post
    When will this find its way into the kernel? I really tire of having to redo this every time the os is updated.

    Perhaps someone could advise as to how a script could be written to do all this automatically.
    I agree, friend. It would at least be nice if a dkms module would be available for this so it would automate the process. My plan is to lock my kernel version (frankly I am not even sure how many of these steps to repeat at each kernel update.)

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Quote Originally Posted by edday View Post
    When will this find its way into the kernel? I really tire of having to redo this every time the os is updated.

    Perhaps someone could advise as to how a script could be written to do all this automatically.
    10.04 Lucid Lynx not functioning out of-the-box for Ralink RT2860 wireless adapter on an Asus Eee PC 1000H Netbook pre-loaded WinXP SP3 finally drove me to what will sound to many like a absurdly exaggerated solution. Using free VMware Player 3.1.1 I've never since had to worry about kernel updates for Ubuntu or even re-booting to switch between Windows XP (host OS) and Ubuntu 10.04 (one of several guest OSes installed) as I work wirelessly - one of the tricks of virtualization is to virtualize the host's network adapters, wired and Wi-Fi, so the Linux-Ralink RT2860 tragedy is a non-event. VMware Player also a wonder in that unlike in typical dual-boot scenarios where one has to re-boot to launch another OS this is merely a Ctrl+Alt or mouseclick away in the virtualized world.

    It takes about 45 minutes to install the Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition ISO as a new virtual machine. I'd allow another ten to fifteen minutes to tweak system timezone, keyboard layout, language support, screensaver and amplify the sound settings. Ubuntu 10.04 is connected to the Internet wirelessly (Wired network connection 'Auto eth0' active is what you see if you hover your mouse over the Active Network Connections icon in the bar at the top of your Ubuntu screen) as soon as it's installed and launches for the first time, and Update Manager will probably notify you to download 200 to 300 updates as it did to me including Linux kernel updates.

    I've been amazed how fast and responsive Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition has performed with a mere Intel Atom N270 processor on this ASUS Eee PC but installed as a virtual machine. I accepted VMware Player 3.1.1 recommended defaults where to install Ubuntu including only 512MB RAM but increased the disk space from 20GB to 25GB. The total 2GB RAM on this WinXP Eee PC allows Windows to run as well as it did when it was the sole OS installed.

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    There are a lot of goodies in virtualization. One of those is the fact that the hardware depends on the host system. In your case, windows xp. So, 10.04 is not really using the OS to access the rt2860.

    My preference is just not to have to bother with windows of any flavor. Since the rt2860 is so ubiquitous on the eeepc, I just don't understand why Ubuntu would not do whatever is necessary to make this automatic. Apparently it was not a problem in 9.x.

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Great.. it worked immediately !

    I had an issue with drivers, the link you report is broken.
    the new link from Ralink is:

    http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=2

    from this page choose
    RT2860PCI/mPCI/CB/PCIe(RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890)

    the archive downloaded seems to be corrupted, at list not recognized as bz2 as it should.
    It seems impossible to uncompress it..

    by chance I discovered the utility mount archives was able to read it.


    So, after downloading the driver package in Lucid Lynx NBR, right click on it and chose "open with mount archives" (not sure if the translation is correct).
    This will provide a new virtual disk on your system containing the archive content.

    hope this may help.

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Im getting to the part where i need to untar the folder and it comes up with:
    bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
    i was reading Page 5 and someone said to try a different code, but it doesnt work for me,

    Im running an eeepc 1000Ha with a 500gb hdd if that helps anyone to know what ive done wrong lol

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    Re: Howto: Ralink RT2860 (m)PCI(e) (RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890) on Intrepid

    Really sounds like you have a corrupted file. Try downloading again and check the checksum.

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