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July 21, 2011 2:30:38 PM

As a Linux noob I must say I'm very impressed with Natty Narwhal. The install on my MSI A6000 notebook was pretty much flawless. All devices were found and worked after the install. It is taking some time to change my mindset to the Linux way but so far so good.
My issue is that the wireless is a bit inconsistent. I can connect at work one day and the next day will require a reboot. When it works it works fine except at home where it will run slow and drop the connection. Is there a way to update the driver?

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a b 5 Linux
July 21, 2011 4:13:29 PM

Please post output of lspci and lsmod
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July 21, 2011 5:06:41 PM

lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Host Bridge (rev b1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 LPC Bridge (rev b3)
00:03.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.2 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP79 SMBus (rev b1)
00:03.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.5 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Co-processor (rev b1)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b1)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev b1)
00:08.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP79 High Definition Audio (rev b1)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Bridge (rev b1)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Ethernet (rev b1)
00:0b.0 SATA controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 AHCI Controller (rev b1)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:15.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:17.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C79 [GeForce 9200M G] (rev b1)
06:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
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July 21, 2011 5:07:54 PM

lsmod:
Module Size Used by
snd_seq_dummy 12798 0
joydev 17606 0
hidp 22572 1
hid 91020 1 hidp
parport_pc 36959 0
ppdev 17113 0
vesafb 13761 1
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 28167 1
snd_hda_codec_realtek 336771 1
rfcomm 47694 8
sco 18187 2
bnep 18308 2
binfmt_misc 17565 1
l2cap 53570 21 hidp,rfcomm,bnep
nvidia 10709116 52
snd_hda_intel 33211 2
snd_hda_codec 103804 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13604 1 snd_hda_codec
rt2860sta 543010 0
snd_pcm 96391 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
arc4 12529 2
snd_seq_midi 13324 0
snd_rawmidi 30486 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14899 1 snd_seq_midi
rt2800pci 18487 0
rt2800lib 45181 1 rt2800pci
snd_seq 61621 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
crc_ccitt 12667 2 rt2860sta,rt2800lib
rt2x00pci 14322 1 rt2800pci
snd_timer 29602 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14462 4 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
rt2x00lib 49235 3 rt2800pci,rt2800lib,rt2x00pci
mac80211 294370 3 rt2800lib,rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib
snd 67382 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
btusb 18600 4
bluetooth 72320 10 hidp,rfcomm,sco,bnep,l2cap,btusb
soundcore 12680 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 18529 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
psmouse 73535 0
cfg80211 178528 2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
video 19438 0
shpchp 37297 0
eeprom_93cx6 12725 1 rt2800pci
serio_raw 13166 0
i2c_nforce2 13058 0
lp 17825 0
parport 46458 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
usb_storage 53538 0
uas 17996 0
ahci 25951 2
libahci 26642 1 ahci
forcedeth 63555 0
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a b F Wireless
a b 5 Linux
July 21, 2011 5:21:46 PM

You can try the packaged driver from here: https://launchpad.net/~markus-tisoft/+archive/rt3090 or get it from railink website and compile for your self.

though the driver currently in use rt2860sta should support your card.

read this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1600498
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July 21, 2011 6:16:37 PM

Thanks skittle, much appreciated.
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a b 5 Linux
July 21, 2011 6:17:07 PM

It sounds as if the problem may be more with the wireless router at home than with the driver.

Here's a good deal.

:sarcastic: 
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July 21, 2011 6:30:08 PM

chamaecyparis said:
It sounds as if the problem may be more with the wireless router at home than with the driver.

Here's a good deal.

:sarcastic: 



I just recently installed an E2000, perhaps I should install DD-WRT?
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a b 5 Linux
July 23, 2011 2:52:07 PM

I cannot say. As long as it supports Opensource 802.11b/g/n, it should not cause problems.
The wireless router is the variable I would start with, is all.
(And I prefer 10.04 LTS -- after this, ubuntu seems to be headed a direction I do not wish to follow)
Best wishes!
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July 23, 2011 9:19:29 PM

Another approach to try to surmise where the bottleneck is occurring is to watch the network traffic when "healthy" and compare that to when you are seeing the performance issues (do you see an uptick in RST's? or longer response times from one of the segments of the network). I haven't used RaLink cards extensively, but when I have the card+driver seemed pretty robust.
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July 30, 2011 1:33:46 AM

Best answer selected by dfusco.
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