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I'm posting this to save anyone a headache.

I got an HP dm1z notebook not long ago and just now put Fedora 15 on it. Wireless did not work, so I had to do some fishing.

Grabbing the source from Ralink directly will apparently work for 32bit distros.
http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=2

For some reason that isn't the case for 64bit distros.

Someone made a custom driver for now. The rumor is that kernel 2.6.39 will support this card.
http://barkmunchers.com/dm1z/

So, all you do is grab the new tar, untar it, and navigate to the directory and run this all as root:
Code:
make
cp RT2860STACard.dat ./RT2860STA.dat
make install
mkdir -p /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA
cp RT5390STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA/RT5390STA.dat
cp ./os/linux/rt5390sta.ko /lib/modules/'uname -r'/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt5390sta.ko  
depmod -a
reboot

Should come back with a working wireless card. At least it did for me. What took me ~3 hours to do can now take you 3 minutes! rolleyes.gif

If your kernel updates, you'll need to set it up to work in that kernel. Simple fix.

As root:
Code:
modprobe rt5390sta
iwconfig

No need to reboot, wireless should enable immediately.

If that doesn't work, check out your:
Code:
dmesg | grep 539
and in my case the problem was
Code:
rt5390sta: version magic '2.6.38.6-27.fc15.x86_64 SMP mod_unload ' should be '2.6.38.7-30.fc15.x86_64 SMP mod_unload '
which means it's attempting to load the kernel module for an outdated kernel.
Edited by esocid - 6/14/11 at 11:00am
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Wouldn't making a full copy+pastable line be better? tongue.gif
Code:
mkdir -p /tmp/ralinktmp &&
cd /tmp/ralinktmp &&
wget http://barkmunchers.com/dm1z/RT.tar.gz &&
tar xf RT.tar.gz &&
make &&
cp RT2860STACard.dat ./RT2860STA.dat &&
make install &&
mkdir -p /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA &&
cp RT5390STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA/RT5390STA.dat &&
cp ./os/linux/rt5390sta.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt5390sta.ko &&
depmod -a &&
reboot

This also ensures that each command executes correctly before moving on to the next one
Edited by gonX - 5/31/11 at 4:15pm
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Worth pointing out that it needs to be run as root...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chemicalfan;13697371 
Worth pointing out that it needs to be run as root...

Fixed to say run as root.
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX;13697112 
Wouldn't making a full copy+pastable line be better? tongue.gif
Code:
mkdir -p /tmp/ralinktmp && cd /tmp/ralinktmp && wget http://barkmunchers.com/dm1z/RT.tar.gz && tar xf RT.tar.gz && make && cp RT2860STACard.dat ./RT2860STA.dat && make install && mkdir -p /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA && cp RT5390STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA/RT5390STA.dat && cp ./os/linux/rt5390sta.ko /lib/modules/'uname -r'/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt5390sta.ko && depmod -a
reboot

This also that each command executes correctly before moving on to the next one

Yes, but I don't like executing lines of code without seeing what they are. What is this windows?tongue.gif

Gonx's post will get this done in 3 seconds, as opposed to 3 minutes, as opposed to my 3 hours.biggrin.gif
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I cleaned up the post a bit. Now you'll just need to copy+paste the entire thing into your terminal - while still being readable tongue.gif It will only go to the next step if there are issues.
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Added instructions in OP for updating the kernel module after updating kernel versions. I'm really looking forward to a kernel with built-in support for this driver.
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i just updated to the last kernel and its doesnt work. i tried with the "simple fix" but it didnt work.
Sorry for my english guys, and im newbie in fedora. smile.gif
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i updated to kernel 2.6.38.8-32.fc15.x86_64
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For 2.6.38.8 I had to recompile the driver for some reason, and only had to modprobe and iwconfig to get it to work in 2.6.38.7. So basically do all of the steps from start to finish, including the modprobe and iwconfig commands. You don't need to do the mkdir step, since the directory already exists, but won't hurt if you do recreate the directory.
Edited by esocid - 6/20/11 at 11:20am
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the OP error has to do with kernel headers or something, it didn't compile right. I got the same error when doing nvidia drivers once. I just purged the kernel/headers and got new ones and it fixed it.
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