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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    An update: I tried, moments ago, to turn off the security settings on my network - still no luck. Just spins without connecting, but now without asking for a security pass phrase. So Maybe it isn't security?

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    CidNight,

    I am quoting here the output part of your post in this thread for others to see:
    Code:
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ lsb_release -d
    Description:    Ubuntu 11.10
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ uname -mr
    3.0.0-16-generic-pae i686
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    00:0a.0 Bridge [0680]: nVidia Corporation CK804 Ethernet Controller [10de:0057] (rev f3)
        Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device [1462:7325]
        Kernel driver in use: forcedeth
    --
    01:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. RT2760 Wireless 802.11n 1T/2R Cardbus [1814:0701]
        Subsystem: Ralink corp. RT2760 Wireless 802.11n 1T/2R Cardbus [1814:0701]
        Kernel driver in use: rt2800pci
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c045 Logitech, Inc. Optical Mouse
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    rfcomm                 38408  0 
    bnep                   17923  2 
    bluetooth             148839  10 rfcomm,bnep
    vesafb                 13489  1 
    binfmt_misc            17292  1 
    nvidia               7098131  34 
    ppdev                  12849  0 
    snd_intel8x0           33318  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        106082  1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus               12642  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm                80435  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    arc4                   12473  2 
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0 
    snd_rawmidi            25241  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                51567  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    rt2800pci              18340  0 
    rt2800lib              48909  1 rt2800pci
    crc_ccitt              12595  1 rt2800lib
    rt2x00pci              14202  1 rt2800pci
    rt2x00lib              48146  3 rt2800pci,rt2800lib,rt2x00pci
    parport_pc             32114  1 
    mac80211              393421  3 rt2800lib,rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib
    psmouse                63474  0 
    serio_raw              12990  0 
    cfg80211              172427  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
    snd_timer              28932  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    eeprom_93cx6           12653  1 rt2800pci
    snd                    55902  11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,sn  d_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    k8temp                 12905  0 
    soundcore              12600  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc         14108  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    i2c_nforce2            12906  0 
    lp                     17455  0 
    parport                40930  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    usbhid                 41905  0 
    hid                    77367  1 usbhid
    forcedeth              58103  0 
    sata_nv                23379  2 
    pata_amd               13753  0 
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ ifconfig -a
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:19:db:23:ea:27  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
              Interrupt:23 Base address:0xa000 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:128 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:128 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:9920 (9.9 KB)  TX bytes:9920 (9.9 KB)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:02:6f:69:c8:e6  
              inet addr:192.168.1.3  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::202:6fff:fe69:c8e6/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:14673 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:12796 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:14856096 (14.8 MB)  TX bytes:2928593 (2.9 MB)
    
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"Quechee"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:1E:2A:78:B0:A8   
              Bit Rate=36 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=54/70  Signal level=-56 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:33  Invalid misc:98   Missed beacon:0
    
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ cat /etc/network/interfaces
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    
    bill@bill-MS-7325:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    I would suggest to try the driver downloaded directly from Ralink's site, which is apparently most stable with this card.

    Just to make sure you have everything required to build the driver is preinstalled, run these commands while you are connected to internet via cable:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential dkms
    (it would reinstall the headers, build-essential and dkms packages even if they are already installed)

    Then download the rt2860sta driver from here: http://www.ralinktech.com/en/04_supp...ort.php?sn=501
    (You can also download the firmware from above link if required, although I see it already exists in /lib/firmware directory in 11.10, so shouldn't be required.)

    Afterwards, follow this guide to build and install the driver: http://michael-peeters.blogspot.in/2...er-ubuntu.html
    (it is written for RT2860 chip, but would be same for your card).
    The download link in the above linked guide is broken, the correct one is what I have provided above.

    Let's hope it works for you as it has for many others.
    Varun
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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network (link)

    You can always request the mods to move your threads/posts to a suitable section by using the "Report Abuse" button.

    Don't mind what it says, it can be used for anything that requires mods/admins' attention.

    It'll be better to move that thread to this section instead, and close this one to avoid dilution of efforts. I'm going to request that for you.
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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Threads merged into the relevant section...


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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Quote Originally Posted by not found View Post
    Threads merged into the relevant section...


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    Thanks for the merge.

    Trying the fix now, will let you know how it comes out.

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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Well I went through most of the process and many of the steps seemingly worked - but my problem seems to arise right at step one: extracting the tar file. I downloaded the appropriate file (RT2860PCI...) from Ralink and placed it in my home directory, but when I attempt to extract it I get this error message:

    "An error occurred while loading the archive.

    bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    I think this leads to my terminal not being able to find certain files and directory in later stages of the fix which leads to the process failing. During step 5, for example, this command fails because the terminal states that there is no such file or directory:

    sudo mv /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/staging/rt2860/rt2860sta.ko /lib/modules/$(un

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by CidNight; March 2nd, 2012 at 04:17 AM.

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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Quote Originally Posted by CidNight View Post
    ..but my problem seems to arise right at step one: extracting the tar file. I downloaded the appropriate file (RT2860PCI...) from Ralink and placed it in my home directory, but when I attempt to extract it I get this error message:

    "An error occurred while loading the archive.

    bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    What is the exact command you are using to extract the files? As the linked guide suggests, the extension name (bz2) is misleading, and hence if you are trying to extract it via GUI (double-click > extract, or right-click > extract here), it would return the error you got. So please try the command:
    Code:
    tar -xvf ~/2010*
    while you are in the same directory as the downloaded archive. The GUI method would also work correctly if you simply remove the".bz2" part from its name (so it becomes only ".tar")

    If the above command fails, then you almost certainly have a broken archive. Try re-downloading it.
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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    The GUI method would also work correctly if you simply remove the".bz2" part from its name (so it becomes only ".tar")

    Alright, I did this and then ran through the steps again and it seems like I've got a strong connection. I even put security settings back up, and successfully reconnected. Going to try a reboot now and see how that goes.

    Seems like it worked though!

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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    Success! I'm going to set this to solved now.

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    Re: Difficulty Connecting to Wireless Network

    If possible, setup your WiFi for OPEN mode and see if it connects reliably that way. You can put MAC filtering on for a bit to help with the security.

    Then when you are convinced that it's working well, change to WPA-PSK mode If available. I know some devices I had did not support WPA2-PSK, but worked fine with WPA-PSK.

    Also on the router; some give you the choice of AES or TKIP. AES is better, but try both.

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