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I have a HP ENVY dv7 that has the rt3290 wireless card. A dude answered a question on installing the rt3290 wireless driver suggested upgrading the kernel to above 3.6.3, he then also said to make sure that you have the rt3290.bin file in the /lib/firmware/ directory.

How do you obtain this rt3290.bin file? How do you upgrade the firmware?

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git clone git://
sudo cp linux-firmware/rt3290.bin /lib/firmware

It works immediately after the above command execution.

My notebook is Fujitsu Lifebook LH532 Ralink RT3290 Running kernel in Ubuntu 13.04 as 1st FEB 2013

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This stopped working after I rebooted. Any help? – Andrew Rhyne Mar 30 '13 at 20:26

There is temporary workaround:

Install kernell 3.6.x from


You can use USC to install the DEB. Then download the firmware from and copy it to /lib/firmware:

git clone git://
sudo cp linux-firmware/rt3290.bin /lib/firmware

and reboot.

Source and Reply 16 confirms it works.

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This only worked for me until I rebooted. Any pointers? – Andrew Rhyne Mar 30 '13 at 20:25

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