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    Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    Hi all.

    Having trouble getting my Alfa 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Card set up in Ubuntu 9.10. It is a 2W card, Model No. AWUS036NH. When I connect it to the computer, the card will register in Network Manager but lists as "Disconnected."

    I have followed the following steps, but to no avail from the thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1387475.
    1. Copy driver for network card to Desktop
    2. Open a terminal
    3. sudo -i
    4. cd /home/ubuntu/Desktop/rt3070alfa
    5. tar -xf 036NH_2009_1110_Linux.tar.bz2
    6. cd 2009_1110_RT3070_Linux_STA_v2.1.2.0
    7. gedit os/linux/config.mk
    8. Change "HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=n" and "HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n" to y
    9. make && make install (make install gave errors until I changed two file names from RT2870.dat > RT3070.dat and rt2870STACARD.dat to RT3070STACARD.dat)
    10. sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add:
    a. blacklist rt2x00usb
    b. blacklist rt2x00lib
    c. blacklist rt2800usb
    11. reboot
    Further searching across various other forums, trying other's posts, has yielded no success, hence asking for help directly.

    The card uses the Ralink 3070 chipset (at least, that's what I can tell from running lsusb and seeing 3070 listed there), and while I have drivers that came on a cd, I am using the updated version obtained fom railink's website. Neither version has offered me success. Being new to Ubuntu, however, does anybody have an idea to get this to work? I know this is possible, as I have gotten it to work before on another setup. I have tried multiple times to run this setup now with no success, and I really don't want to have to run vista just to use a wireless card.

    Thanks for the help.
    Last edited by kid1000002000; March 1st, 2010 at 04:03 AM.

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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    bump...

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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    bump
    Last edited by kid1000002000; March 1st, 2010 at 12:19 AM.

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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    Quote Originally Posted by kid1000002000 View Post
    bump- with a bonus. Willing to paypal $5 to whoever can solve it, and more than that if it becomes intensive.
    In my opinion, this is in conflict with the spirit of free and open source software. We work very hard but just for the fun of it. It will be fun for me to help solve your issue, but please put that Paypal button away.

    You were not too clear on what went wrong, so let's take some vital signs first. Please open a terminal and do:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep -e rt2 -e rt3
    iwconfig
    Post the result and we'll proceed.
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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    consider it done.
    Here is the output from what you requested while the device is plugged in. As you can probably tell, I have tried several times with the install. Any changed made to posted code will always include "EDITED".
    $ dmesg | grep -e rt2 -e rt3
    [ 26.672452] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2870
    [ 456.598177] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy1::radio
    [ 456.598229] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy1::assoc
    [ 456.598280] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy1::quality
    [ 456.599771] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2800usb
    [ 456.628431] rt3070sta: module license 'unspecified' taints kernel.
    [ 456.628904] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_alloc_urb
    [ 456.629290] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_free_urb
    [ 456.630267] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_register_driver
    [ 456.631064] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_put_dev
    [ 456.631378] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_get_dev
    [ 456.631973] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_submit_urb
    [ 456.633350] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_control_msg
    [ 456.634315] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_deregister
    [ 456.635671] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_kill_urb
    [ 456.635974] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_buffer_free
    [ 456.637171] rt3070sta: Unknown symbol usb_buffer_alloc
    [ 456.694369] rt2800usb 1-3:1.0: firmware: requesting rt2870.bin

    $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSID:"EDITED"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:5.745 GHz Access Point: EDITED
    Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=10 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff
    Link Quality=57/70 Signal level=-53 dBm Noise level=-127 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    wmaster1 no wireless extensions.

    wlan4 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:""
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=6 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementn
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    Do you have two wireless devices? wlan0 and wlan4? Is it going to be hard to separate one from the other? If you have an interface created, it seems you are almost there. What happens if you unplug the "not-3070" device and try to connect?
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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    I am using a laptop, have an internal wireless card named wlan0, and external usb device (the one giving all the trouble) that is currently named wlan4. There are dead spots at the campus where I am at, thus requiring me to use a stronger card.

    Wifi can be disabled by a switch on the front of the computer, but this disables all wifi capability, including external devices.

    I am able to access the internet via the internal, wlan0 card, but get nothing from the external card. Not sure how to disable the internal device- but I also am not sure this is the issue, as I have had both working previously together (at least, before I had to do a fresh install after a crash). I do know that in my previous install, the usb card was listed as ra0 instead of wlan4.

    Using the readme from ralink's linux install directions, I have been able to follow all instructions except the last part:
    6> load driver, go to "os/linux/" directory.
    #[kernel 2.4]
    # $/sbin/insmod rt3070sta.ko
    # $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up
    I get the following error after changing the file name from 2870sta.o to 3070sta.o:
    insmod: can't read 'rt2870sta.ko': No such file or directory
    Perhaps this has something to do with it? I am clueless. I have attached the readme instructions that follow fairly closely with those posted in the original post.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by kid1000002000; March 1st, 2010 at 01:54 AM.

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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    How do you tell your computer to connect with wlan4 instead of wlan0? More pointedly, how do you get Network Manager to cooperate? I rather imagine that if you take down wlan0, sudo ifconfig wlan0 down, for example, that NM brings it right back up. This may turn out to be an interesting challenge.

    Please check PM.
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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    # $/sbin/insmod rt2870sta.o
    Wow! How old is this antique?

    May I see:
    Code:
    lsusb?
    Let's start from square one.

    Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy1::radio
    Your computer thinks rt2800usb is the right driver.
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    Re: Ralink 3070 Alfa Driver Install

    I can click on the NetworkManager icon in my panel and see both cards listed, with the networks each scanned for listed seperately beneath their names. Connections can be enabled or disabled at will by clicking on an ssid or by clicking "disconnect".

    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

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