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I've been using windows since 20 years ago, and now I've decided to try ubuntu, I find that it's impossible to activate the dammed wireless.

I have been following the instructions in different forums to install the driver and there is no way, I'm sick and I am thinking seriously to return to the damned windows: I didn't now Ubuntu was going to be so hard to use, I only want to install a damned driver, does it has to be so complicated???

My last try: I have updated kernel from 3.4 to 3.9, and returned to install the rt3290 ralink driver following this:

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

and this:

  • First, right-click the file and select Rename.

  • Rename it to 2012_0508_RT3290_Linux_STA_v2.6.0.0.tar.bz2 ; that is, without the leading slash and adding .tar.

  • Now right-click it and select Extract Here. Open the file os/linux/ with any text editor and change the line:



  • Proofread, save and close the text editor.

Now, with a temporary ethernet connection, do:

$sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic

$cd Desktop/DPO_RT3290_LinuxSTA_V2600_20120508

...or wherever you extracted the package, if not your desktop.

$sudo su
$make install
$modprobe rt3290sta


About thee git thing, the system told me that instruction is not installed, exactly the same as make install.

May be there is a bug??? Please help/

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You will need to install linux-headers, build-essential and git. – chili555 Mar 26 '13 at 19:20
Can you post the output of the commands ? – Suhaib Mar 26 '13 at 19:47

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