Caution: I'm a newb.

Hardware: Giada i35G, cedar trail atom with Nvidia gf119, railtek ethernet and Ralink 3290 for wireless.

Already accomplished: Installed Ubuntu 12.10, loaded GPU drivers and redirected sound out through GPU card to HDMI. Ethernet works like a charm.

Issue: Can't get my wireless up and running. There seems to be no package to which I can simply run a sudo apt-get install.

I found the corresponding Linux driver from the manufacturer's site, but I have not managed to find out what to with the file. Here's the manufacturers site. I get a file with the following name: \2012_0508_RT3290_Linux_STA_v2.6.0.0.bz2

I hope somebody might be able to tell me what to do next.

Thanks for reading and apologies for potentially asking a trivial question.

Best regards, Matt


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/config.mk 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

Please post any errors, questions, etc. Warnings are alright. Your question and this process are in no way trivial.

  • Wow - I followed your directions point by point and it works: My issue has hereby been resolved. Thank you very much! – Matt Dec 15 '12 at 3:38
  • The driver you compiled is for your currently running kernel version only. When a newer kernel, also known as linux-image, is installed by Update Manager, recompile: sudo su; make clean; make install; modprobe rt3290sta; exit. If you feel my answer was effective, please click 'Accept.' – chili555 Dec 15 '12 at 22:42
  • Thanks for the addition: I just had to go through these steps as an update to the kernel got me back where I started. Thanks again. Is there a way to write a script that does this? (in DOS I would probably write a .bat file or similar, if that makes sense) – Matt Dec 21 '12 at 4:10
  • Found out how to write and exe a script: askubuntu.com/questions/61600/… :-) – Matt Dec 21 '12 at 4:31
  • Thanks, chili! But i had problems with this guide in 12.10, and that's why installed 12.04 and now Wi-Fi works! – Dmitriy Dec 31 '12 at 5:20

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