Ubuntu – Ralink rt2860 wifi not working under Ubuntu 11.04


I just bought a Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray 3D ID36 which includes a Ralink rt2860 wifi network adapter and I canĀ“t get it to work under Ubuntu 11.04. I've already downloaded, compiled and install the drivers from the manufacturer's webpage and I've spent more than 7 hours searching for a solution. I've also tried installing Windows drivers through ndiswrapper without success, and I have tried every solution that has appeared on my screen.

Could it be related with the fact that I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 instead of an older version with an older kernel? Or is it just that it is impossible to make that network adapter work under Ubuntu?

I would be very grateful if you'd be too kind to enlighten me with your knowledge.

Best Answer

If found a couple of interesting pages on the web. Hopefully these are not the same as you found because both seem to end in a succesfully working wifi with a Ralink RT2860.

First a very recent Topic on Ubuntu forums (4 days old) seems to suggest ralink rt2860 should work but with some effort. Especially the responce by user estevez about blacklisting seems to work.

And there is a Bug report with some more pointers about blacklisting modules on a Natty version from 2010.11 so this one is pretty darn old. There is a newer bug about this card with some weird behaviour depending on the power cord being present and taken out that is pending.

I would like to encourage you to please file a bugreport or to confirm with a current bug that you are affected too. If this gets a permanent fix lots of other users will benefit.