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 Post subject: Update borked my WiFi STA drivers again [SOLVED]
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:17 am 
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g'morning, typing from the '05 Qosmio as todays update borked my wifi drivers again... i see we've moved to another new kernel... so i followed the prior routine PCNetSpec led me thru the last time my HP laptop's wifi drivers were borked...
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OK, let's reinstall the STA drivers.....

Hoping you still have the driver source in your home folder, run:
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cd ~/RT5390STA/2011_1007_RT5390_RT5392_Linux_STA_V2.5.0.3_DPO

then
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sudo su

then
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make

then
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make install

then
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exit

then
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sudo modprobe -r rt2800pci

then
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sudo modprobe rt5390sta


Did wireless spring to life, and is the signal any better ?

if the first command fails, see this posting:
viewtopic.php?p=36158#p36158
and follow ALL the instructions


all seems okay now...

wondering if there's a way to prevent this from happening in future?

also fwiw:
Code:
Start-Date: 2013-07-29  06:52:32
Commandline: aptdaemon role='role-commit-packages' sender=':1.35'
Install: linux-image-extra-3.8.0-27-generic:amd64 (3.8.0-27.40), linux-image-3.8.0-27-generic:amd64 (3.8.0-27.40)
Upgrade: bind9-host:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), dnsutils:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), libdns95:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), libisccc90:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), liblwres90:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), linux-image-generic:amd64 (3.8.0.26.44, 3.8.0.27.45), libbind9-90:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), libisccfg90:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1), linux-libc-dev:amd64 (3.8.0-26.38, 3.8.0-27.40), libisc92:amd64 (9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2, 9.9.2.dfsg.P1-2ubuntu2.1)
End-Date: 2013-07-29  06:53:43


As an aside; just allowed Software Updater to do its work for the very first time on the '05 Toshiba Qosmio.. no issues whatsoever with its wifi drivers... glad to have that old lappie as a solid back up

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:48 pm 
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The only way I can think of to stop this from happening in the future is to stop installing kernel updates. Since you had to do some terminal voodoo to get it working, your fix is probably undone every time you move to a new kernel. Or, at the very least, it doesn't work until it's updated for the new kernel. So, every time you install a new kernel, you're probably going to have this issue.


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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:21 pm 
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as I suspected... guess its sorta surprising to me that HP machines have such difficulty with linux kernel updates... given the volume of machines they sell... :?

or maybe that difficulty signals how much they distrust/fear F/OSS... or how much they do to dissuade purchasers of their machines from installing non-MS software right outta the box... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:10 pm 
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The only other way I can think of to make sure it doesn't happen again would be to -

a) next time there's a kernel update DO NOT reinstall the drivers, but instead set the current kernel as the default .. then new kernels will get installed, but the system will always boot the kernel you're using now.

b) install a kernal later than the 3.8 kernel series .. 3.9 for example .. then reinstall the drivers .. Ubuntu kernel updates are always liable to stay in the 3.8 series, so the system should always consider 3.9 the most recent and default to it.

c) as SciFiDude79 suggests, lock the kernel at the current version .. so newer versions are "held back".

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:59 pm 
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spence wrote:
as I suspected... guess its sorta surprising to me that HP machines have such difficulty with linux kernel updates... given the volume of machines they sell... :?


Hp has a shoddy quality record. Who knows what kind of cheapo crap they put into their machines. I refuse to use anything they make except for printers. And, even those can be questionable. They probably used whatever cost them the least in that laptop and, since I'm sure it came with Windows, didn't worry too much about whether or not it was Linux compatible. Also, sometimes, kernel updates themselves will be incompatible with certain hardware. This computer worked pretty flawlessly with earlier versions of Peppermint, correct?


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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:46 am 
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SciFiDude79 wrote:
This computer worked pretty flawlessly with earlier versions of Peppermint, correct?


in a word; NO...

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:48 am 
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even though I'm not too proud to say most of my problems seem to have been of my own creation... save this wifi/wireless drivers issue which seems to have been problematical ever since peppermintOne

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:15 pm 
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spence wrote:
SciFiDude79 wrote:
This computer worked pretty flawlessly with earlier versions of Peppermint, correct?


in a word; NO...


Ah, OK. I wasn't sure. I know you've been running Peppermint since the beginning, but I wasn't sure on which computer and what kinds of problems you've had.


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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again [SOLVED]
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:37 pm 
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the physical machine has given me no trouble since i purchased it... i had a very limited budget... and managed to get something nicer than i expected to be able when this appeared as an open box sale item at the local Best Buy... my problems with this laptop have mostly been driver or software related.... or ID 10 t user errors... :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: 7/29 update borked my WiFi STA drivers again [SOLVED]
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:26 pm 
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new kernel installed again today (8/20/13)... once again, the WiFi has quit working... bit different scenario this time.. After working for six hours today, the WiFi disappeared suddenly in the midst if a fb messaging session... WiFi f12 key is working, but refuses to connect to the network that it can still see... Gonna run thru above steps again.

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