Ralink RT61 Wireless PCI and Kubuntu

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It has always been a pain in the ass to get the wireless card with a Ralink RT61 chipset to work with Linux. Here’s how it worked for me.

  1. Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    and add
    “blacklist rt61pci”
    “blacklist rt2x00pci”
    “blacklist rt2x00lib”
  2. Download and install ndiswrapper
  3. Download the Windows driver (you need the rt61.inf)
  4. “ndiswrapper -i rt61.inf”
  5. “ndiswrapper -l” checks the status
  6. “modprobe ndiswrapper”
  7. Configure your interface in /etc/network/interface
  8. If you want to start ndiswrapper at boot time add “ndiswrapper” in a line to /etc/modules

That’s it.

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3 Responses to “Ralink RT61 Wireless PCI and Kubuntu”

  1. Stephen Says:

    Make sure you get the Windows driver for the architecture you are using, 32-bit windows driver for 32-bit linux, 64-bit windows driver for 64-bit linux. It won’t work otherwise, and you won’t see any errors from ndiswrapper unless you look at dmesg.

  2. Stenio Spiff Says:

    Thank you very very very much. My rt61 finally worked on Ubuntu 10.04 with your Tutorial. A big hug from Brazil and sorry for the bad english…

  3. Mateus ml Says:

    Hi! I’m trying to make this work, but I can’t find the .inf file in the ralink website…. it looks that they only have the .exe there… is there any other way? could you send me the .inf file?

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