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#1 2018-06-21 17:32:43

Sprinterdriver
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RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Hi.

First time user on BunsenLab distro, seems to work well on my anchient computer. But I do have trouble with my wifi card. From Hardinfo, the full name of the wifi card is reported:
Ralink corp. RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI

At the desktop, it visually appear as if the network card operates correctly. When I click at the globe symbol at upper right corner, the name of my SSID appear - and I can click on it and get prompted for password. However, even if I type in password correctly - the password prompts just re-appears, in and seemingly never-ending loop (just continue to promt for password to the end of time).

The BunsenLabs 32 bit version is installed, but the computer have not being connected to internet after OS was installed.
If neccesary, I can make it online by temporary cable though the house.

Thanks in advance smile

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#2 2018-06-21 17:45:33

sleekmason
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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Not sure that you have a driver issue. It may be the program you are using to connect, or even a hardware issue.  What program are you using to connect? 

Let's check the driver part anyway.

Please post the output of:

lspci -k

To see which driver is enabled and/or should be. (If any).
and:

dmesg | grep failed

This may shed some light on it as well.


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#3 2018-06-21 22:00:18

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Are other devices able to wirelessly connect to the network?

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#4 2018-06-21 22:03:17

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

BTW, what happened during install? Did you configure wifi or were you using a hard line?

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#5 2018-06-21 23:45:33

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Thanks for answering.

sleekmason, here is the command outputs:

sprinterdriver@takkfaen:~$ lspci -k
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
	Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-via
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333 AGP]
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev 10)
	Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
	Kernel modules: 8139cp, 8139too
00:08.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd GN-WP01GS
	Kernel driver in use: rt61pci
	Kernel modules: rt61pci
00:0b.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation OHCI USB Controller (rev 41)
	Subsystem: NEC Corporation USB Controller
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
	Kernel modules: ohci_pci
00:0b.1 USB controller: NEC Corporation OHCI USB Controller (rev 41)
	Subsystem: NEC Corporation USB Controller
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
	Kernel modules: ohci_pci
00:0b.2 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD72010x USB 2.0 Controller (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] uPD72010x USB 2.0 Controller
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
	Kernel modules: ehci_pci
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
	Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
	Kernel modules: via_ircc, i2c_viapro
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
	Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT8233/A/C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE
	Kernel driver in use: pata_via
	Kernel modules: pata_via, ata_generic
00:11.2 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xx/62xx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
	Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. (Wrong ID) onboard UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
	Kernel modules: uhci_hcd
00:11.3 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xx/62xx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
	Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. (Wrong ID) onboard UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
	Kernel modules: uhci_hcd
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller
	Kernel driver in use: snd_via82xx
	Kernel modules: snd_via82xx
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV40 [GeForce 6800] (rev a1)
	Subsystem: LeadTek Research Inc. NV40 [GeForce 6800]
	Kernel driver in use: nouveau
	Kernel modules: nouveau
sprinterdriver@takkfaen:~$ sudo dmesg | grep failed
[    0.099087] acpi PNP0A03:00: _OSC failed (AE_NOT_FOUND); disabling ASPM

Answer to hhh's questions

  • Other wireless devices can connect to wireless network

  • During install, I neither configured wifi (or - I tried but was stuck in same psw prompt loop and gave up) nor used a hard line.

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#6 2018-06-22 01:56:30

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

The dmesg output is of no concern. ASPM will be switched off when not supported by your hardware.

lspci -k output shows the  rt61pci driver present and accounted for.  Shouldn't be a driver issue.


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#7 2018-06-22 15:53:04

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Ok, thanks. I'll do a check on the router - is a Hitron CDE-30364.

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#8 2018-06-22 16:40:59

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

A quick Google check shows others having issues with your card as well.  There also appears to be several fixes, including blacklisting certain drivers that conflict with yours.

The below search on the internet gave a bunch of results.

When you get it figured out, please post back here with the solution for others.

Ralink corp. RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI cant connect

Last edited by sleekmason (2018-06-22 18:12:56)


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#9 2018-06-23 14:54:56

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Thanks. According to this forum thread, I must use kernel 4.4.0 in order to get that wi-fi card to work.

What disadvantages would there be downgrading the kernel? And - is there an alternative solution to this issue?

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#10 2018-06-23 15:33:14

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Sprinterdriver wrote:

Thanks. According to this forum thread, I must use kernel 4.4.0 in order to get that wi-fi card to work.

What disadvantages would there be downgrading the kernel? And - is there an alternative solution to this issue?

I believe kernel 4.9 is in the stretch backports and it's newer than 4.4.


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#11 2018-06-23 15:45:56

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

DeepDayze wrote:

I believe kernel 4.9 is in the stretch backports and it's newer than 4.4.

I'm still too much of a newbie to understand what that means  hmm

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#12 2018-06-23 16:16:01

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Looking at the link you gave, it looks like there is a fix that doesn't require an older kernel.  Did you try that?

Okay, IF you are looking at kernels for a solution; the first thing I would do is try the latest Debian kernel, as they may very well have reintroduced what you need.
So, from a terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Then install the latest Debian Stretch kernel in the repositories:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-4.16.0-0.bpo.2-amd64

**Edit - Just saw the ancient part. Look in synaptic for the latest Linux-image for 32 bit

After this, reboot to see if your problem is gone.  If not, and you would like to use kernel version 4.4, you will probably need to compile from source.  While this sounds horribly difficult, it is not!

Here is a guide that is literally click and paste to compiling your own kernel
https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=4870

You will want a kernel version prior to 4.5 from the Linux Kernel Archives, located here:  https://www.kernel.org/

For your usage, all you need to do is follow the steps in the guide until compiled, and then install as shown.  If you run into problems, post in the kernel guide thread for help, and I, or somebody else will help get you sorted out.

*Edit 2 - When compiling from source, the very first item in the configuration file selects 32 or 64 bit, and adjusts kernel settings for both. Easy peasy.

*Edit 3 - One more note, If you do decide to compile, upon reboot you will need to select the advanced options in the grub boot menu in order to select an older kernel, as grub automatically selects the newest image.  If your shiny new 4.4 kernel works, simply uninstall any later versions, and 4.4 will be the default.

Last edited by sleekmason (2018-06-23 16:32:13)


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#13 2018-06-23 16:57:10

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

I just looked into the kernel configuration for the default install, and lspci -k already shows (for your hardware), your driver is present and accounted for. All of the drivers are activated.

Really don't think this is a driver issue, but I like to be surprised. smile  If somebody with some networking skills could help troubleshoot this, I'm betting the problem is with the networking configuration and not the kernel.

Last edited by sleekmason (2018-06-23 19:10:36)


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#14 2018-06-23 17:56:12

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Thanks for good answers.

Here is another thing. I tried to set up wi-fi sharing using my cell phone. was naming the ssid properly so there shouldn't be any doubt that it was my phone.

The main computer I use, a Dell Latitude D620 (2007-2009'ish) running Linux Lite does show that ssid in the list over avaiable networks.
The BunsenLabs computer however, don't show that ssid in the list over avaiable networks.

**Edit - synaptic took 3 minutes to start. Guess my system is anchient.

**Edit2 - After installing 32 bit Linux image, I got this error message (was the installation successful or not?)

synaptic wrote:

W: Download is performed unsandboxed as root as file '/root/.synaptic/tmp//tmp_cl' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

I opened synaptic using sudo, should I use gksu instead ?

Last edited by Sprinterdriver (2018-06-23 20:45:47)

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#15 2018-06-23 21:29:41

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

SOLVED

After restarting the computer, I was able to sucessfully connecting to the wi-fi network.
I assume that the update was successful, despite the error message.


Thanks for help folks  big_smile

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#16 2018-06-23 22:01:18

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Sprinterdriver wrote:

SOLVED

After restarting the computer, I was able to sucessfully connecting to the wi-fi network.
I assume that the update was successful, despite the error message.


Thanks for help folks  big_smile

Yes sometimes a reboot does fix problems...like err, on Windows big_smile


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#17 2018-06-23 23:26:29

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

Sprinterdriver wrote:

SOLVED

After restarting the computer, I was able to sucessfully connecting to the wi-fi network.
I assume that the update was successful, despite the error message.


Thanks for help folks  big_smile

FTR, the "error message" is mostly a warning, and a Synaptic bug. IIRC we recently dicussed this is in another thread on this board.


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#18 2018-06-24 00:32:52

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Re: RT2561/RT61 PCI network card won't connect to wifi

SOLVED

After restarting the computer, I was able to sucessfully connecting to the wi-fi network.
I assume that the update was successful, despite the error message.

Thanks for help folks  big_smile

Just wondering if you had tried to reboot before?

It would be good to know if the updated kernel took care of it.

**Edit  Will you boot into the old kernel to check?

Last edited by sleekmason (2018-06-24 01:20:00)


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