Issue#697233: Linux - [SOLVED] ubuntu 16.04 loaded on hp envy 15 but wifi module doesn't work

  • I have an HP Envy 15 with the RT3290 from ralink. It had Win8 on it which I have completely removed and installed ubuntu 16.04 on it.

    I have been trying to get the wireless to work and haven't been able to.

    No matter what my wifi interface doesn't show a MAC address at all and I can't bring it up.

    rename6  Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00 
              BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

    I have followed these two guides here:

    How do I get a Ralink RT3290 wireless card working?

    Wifi Ralink does not work on Ubuntu 16.04

    In short, they say that because my wireless card is from ralink, I have to download the driver source code, compile it, and install the resulting kernel module and disable the conflicting drivers.

    So I have compiled the source code for kernel module rt3290sta, generated the module and it is installed. I also added the module in /etc/module file so it will launch at boot. lsmod shows it there:

    :/usr/src$ lsmod | grep rt
    rt3290sta            1155072  0

    :/usr/src$ lspci
    08:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
    08:00.1 Bluetooth: Ralink corp. RT3290 Bluetooth
    ..with -n
    08:00.0 0280: 1814:3290
    08:00.1 0d11: 1814:3298

    but ifconfig still shows this:

    rename6  Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00 
              BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

    :/usr/src$ ifup rename6
    Unknown interface rename6

    :~/Downloads/RT3290_Linux_v2600$ iwpriv
    virbr0-nic  no private ioctls.

    rename6  Available private ioctls :
              set              (8BE2) : set 1024 char  & get  0     
              connStatus      (0004) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              driverVer        (0005) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              bainfo          (0006) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              descinfo        (0007) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              radio_off        (000A) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              radio_on        (000B) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              show            (0015) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              adhocEntry      (0016) : set 1024 char  & get 2047 char
              bbp              (8BE3) : set 2047 char  & get 2047 char
              mac              (8BE5) : set 1024 char  & get 1024 char
              rf              (8BF3) : set 2047 char  & get 2047 char
              e2p              (8BE7) : set 1024 char  & get 1024 char
              stat            (8BE9) : set  0      & get 2047 char
              get_site_survey  (8BED) : set  0      & get 1024 char

    virbr0    no private ioctls.

    eno1      no private ioctls.

    lo        no private ioctls.

    lspci -v output:

    08:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
        DeviceName: Ralink RT3290LE 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Ada
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Ralink RT3290LE 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at 61510000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: rt2860
        Kernel modules: rt2800pci, rt3290sta

    The above lspci -v would seem to show that I have two kernel modules for this device, so I ran modprobe to remove rt2800pci and did lsmod to confirm it is gone. but when I ran lspci -v again it still shows.

    I also searched for the kernel and rt3290sta.ko is present:

    :/lib/modules/4.4.0-22-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless$ ls
    adm8211.ko      ath          b43        hostap    libertas          mwifiex  ray_cs.ko      rt2x00        zd1201.ko
    airo_cs.ko      atmel_cs.ko  b43legacy  ipw2x00  libertas_tf        mwl8k.ko  realtek        rt3290sta.ko

    [email protected]:[email protected] cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ralink.conf

    #Wireless drivers conflicting with rt3290sta
    blacklist rt2800pci
    blacklist rt2x00pci 
    blacklist rt2860

    I tried rebooting, and to search in /var/log/messages and dmesg, both files are empty, not messages. So I greped the whole /var/log folder for anything rt3290 but I got nothing.

    So now I am out of ideas.

    Thanks for any ideas you guys might have, and thanks for reading this long ass post. I posted this on askubuntu too but haven't heard a thing since.

    0 Answers

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