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Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby Diogones on Wed May 04, 2011 9:50 pm

Greetings Linux Mint Forum!

I've only recently switched to Linux from Windows, and I must say, I really love Mint! It is fast and very convenient to use. Unfortunately, I do have just one problem to an otherwise perfect OS. I don't understand how to install a driver for a Ralink USB Wireless adapter. I have the driver on the disc, which contains both a Windows and Linux version, conveniently enough. The driver version is RT5370, and I don't know how a driver is installed in Linux. I know the Windows driver is installed simply by launching the .exe file which will install the driver for you, but with Linux, I think I'm going to have to get my hands dirty. This is fine - I don't mind doing a little legwork to get a device working, I'm just not sure how to install it, as I've never installed a driver in Linux before. The device is not automatically detected unfortunately, so I'm unsure of where to go from here. I think I will have to edit some text files and so forth, but the Readme file just doesn't make sense to me. Any help for this Linux noob would be most appreciated!
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby willie42 on Wed May 04, 2011 10:04 pm

Hello,

I will try to help you but first I need you to do somethings in terminal.

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lspci


post it here and lets see what we are working with. it would also help to provide the version of Linux you are using.
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby Diogones on Wed May 04, 2011 10:21 pm

Thank you for your prompt reply, Willie42! I'm using the latest version of Linux 10 Julia 64bit with the GNOME desktop. OK, I followed your instructions and ran the lspci command. Here's the list (it's gonna be big):

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub to ESI Port (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 13)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 13)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 7 (rev 13)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 9 (rev 13)
00:14.0 PIC: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub System Management Registers (rev 13)
00:14.1 PIC: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub GPIO and Scratch Pad Registers (rev 13)
00:14.2 PIC: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub Control Status and RAS Registers (rev 13)
00:14.3 PIC: Intel Corporation 5520/5500/X58 I/O Hub Throttle Registers (rev 13)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) PCI Express Root Port 1
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) PCI Express Root Port 3
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 90)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801JIR (ICH10R) LPC Interface Controller
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) 4 port SATA IDE Controller #1
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) SMBus Controller
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) 2 port SATA IDE Controller #2
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Cypress [Radeon HD 5800 Series]
02:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Cypress HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5800 Series]
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
07:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-Core Registers (rev 05)
ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
ff:03.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller (rev 05)
ff:03.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder (rev 05)
ff:03.4 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Test Registers (rev 05)
ff:04.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Control Registers (rev 05)
ff:04.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Address Registers (rev 05)
ff:04.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Rank Registers (rev 05)
ff:04.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Thermal Control Registers (rev 05)
ff:05.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Control Registers (rev 05)
ff:05.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Address Registers (rev 05)
ff:05.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Rank Registers (rev 05)
ff:05.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Thermal Control Registers (rev 05)
ff:06.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 2 Control Registers (rev 05)
ff:06.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 2 Address Registers (rev 05)
ff:06.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 2 Rank Registers (rev 05)
ff:06.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon 5500/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 2 Thermal Control Registers (rev 05)
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby willie42 on Wed May 04, 2011 10:26 pm

No Promises I will do my best to help

try this

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lsusb


post here
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby Diogones on Tue May 10, 2011 11:11 pm

Great news (or not so great, depending on how you look at it). I have found a possible solution - get a new wireless adapter. This is not because the adapter is no good, and it is not Mint's fault, but after reading this exhaustive and comprehensive thread covering the exact same problem in the Ubuntu forums, it would appear that there is really no solution to this driver. Ironically enough, according to the documentation that came with the driver, it is designed to work with Fedora, yet it does not! I checked the Fedora forums, and they encountered a similar dilemma. The only way that the driver can work is through OpenSUSE, and it will have to be rebuilt manually. I know it sounds strange, but that is what my Internet searching has revealed.

I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner with this info willie42, but I've been so dang busy, I didn't have the time. Thanks again for your help, and may the Mint be with you!
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby willie42 on Tue May 10, 2011 11:37 pm

Thats ok, I am glad to see that you have solved your issue. Please take a moment to mark Solved in the Subject line to help others who might encounter the same issue. :D
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Re: Need Help with Driver Installation for Ralink RT5370

Postby mro on Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:08 am

already done, solution is much simpler

http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/view/12631
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