UPDATE (7-Feb-2012): Marko has created a PPA for the Ralink drivers. I should make our live much easier. Take a look at his blog (http://www.techytalk.info/ralink-wireless/).
I have HP pavilion dm1z laptop and it took me quite some time to install the linux wi-fi driver on ubuntu. In this post I tell how to install the Ralink’s RT5390 wi-fi driver on Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. The main source of the post is Ubuntu forums. So here it goes.
- Download the linux driver (RT5390PCIe) from Ralink.
- Extract it. The files will be extracted to 2010_1216_RT5390_LinuxSTA_V126.96.36.199_WiFiBTCombo_DPO folder.
- Download all the patches except the x64_86 patch, assuming you have a 32-bit system, from opensuse website.
- Copy the patches to the folder – 2010_1216_RT5390_LinuxSTA_V188.8.131.52_WiFiBTCombo_DPO
- Goto the folder.
- Make the following change in /os/linux/config.mk file –
HAS_ANTENNA_DIVERSITY_SUPPORT=y(originally was n)
- Now run the following commands in terminal:
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-184.108.40.206-config.patch
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-220.127.116.11-convert-devicename-to-wlanX.patch
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-18.104.22.168-reduce_debug_output.patch
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-22.214.171.124-remove-potential-conflicts-with-rt2860sta.patch
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-126.96.36.199-return_nonvoid_function.patch
patch -p0 < rt5390sta-188.8.131.52-WPA-mixed.patch
cp RT2860STA.dat RT5390STA.dat
mkdir -p /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA
cp RT5390STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA
UPDATE: It has been pointed out by Weldon in the comment section that the above method does not work for Kernels >=2.6.39. To know your kernel version you can type the following in terminal:
- kpbotbot has confirmed that he can run wireless on kernel >=2.6.39 using an arch Linux fix available here.
- Ralink has changed the driver available. I old driver can got from here.
- The opensuse link above now points to new set patches. The old ones can be downloaded from here. You can try using the new version but I have not used it so cannot say much about it.
- kpbobot has pointed out in the comment section that the drivers are already a part of Linux 3.x kernel.