Let's start by saying I'm still a total noob to Linux, my problem is that I'm trying to install a driver for my Wireless Card and got an error while trying to install the driver by using the command modprobe rt3290sta, the error is this:

What I did is I untared the driver I downloaded from this guide How do I get a Ralink RT3290 wireless card working?


And after extracting I found out that the structure of the tar is not the same as in the guide so I extracted the src.tar.gz in the folder too and I stops at modprobe rt3290sta:

modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'rt3290sta': Operation not permitted

The results are for other commands are as below:

lspci -vnn | grep Network

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe [1814:3290]


wlo1      IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any  
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off

enx001e101f0000  no wireless extensions.

eno1      no wireless extensions.

lo        no wireless extensions.

I add that the WiFi appears correctly on the menu panel.

Pardon-me, English is not my native language and neither does code Thanks a lot.


You need to use "sudo" with the modprobe command, like this:

sudo modprobe rt3290sta

...then enter your admin password (your password)

Cheers, Al

  • Please rate my answer by clicking on the up arrow shown in my answer. Thanks! Al – heynnema Jul 4 '16 at 13:50
  • I accepted your answer :) But the upper arrow just won't take my vote down... Sorry for my ignorance Thanks a lot a I appreciate it – Hamza EL Jaouhari Jul 4 '16 at 18:04

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