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[Bug 464052] New: Ralink ra73 wifi dongle and ralink firmware
  • From: bugzilla_noreply@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 01:43:03 -0700 (MST)
  • Message-id: <bug-464052-21960@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/>
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=464052


Summary: Ralink ra73 wifi dongle and ralink firmware
Product: openSUSE 11.1
Version: Final
Platform: x86-64
OS/Version: openSUSE 11.1
Status: NEW
Severity: Enhancement
Priority: P5 - None
Component: YaST2
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: diego.ercolani@xxxxxxxxx
QAContact: jsrain@xxxxxxxxxx
Found By: ---


Hello,
I have this kind of wifi device that is supported natively by kernel with
module ra73usb. The problem is:
When in yast2 you configure such a device, Yast2 correctly configure it but out
of the box device doesn't work because it need the firmware code that is
downlonable from ralink, this firmware is also redistribuable as is written
here:
http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Firmware_license

The issue with Yast2 is that Yast doesn't complain about the lack of this
firmware, only the kernel messages complaint about this and a novice user
shouldn't notice that and so think that the dongle isn't working.
I think there should be at least a popup message that warns the user of the
lack of firmware......


Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup: wlan0 name: 54M.USB.......
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: wlan0 warning: using NO encryption
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: command 'iwconfig wlan0 mode Master' returned
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06)
:
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid
argument.
Jan 7 09:16:04 pco ifup-wireless: command 'iwconfig wlan0 nick pc-diego'
returned
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: Error for wireless request "Set Nickname"
(8B1C) :
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup-wireless: SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation
not supported.
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc kernel: firmware: requesting rt73.bin
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc kernel: phy1 -> rt2x00lib_request_firmware: Error - Failed
to request Firmware.
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc firmware.sh[11061]: Cannot find firmware file 'rt73.bin'
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc kernel: firmware: requesting rt73.bin
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc kernel: phy1 -> rt2x00lib_request_firmware: Error - Failed
to request Firmware.
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc firmware.sh[11069]: Cannot find firmware file 'rt73.bin'
Jan 7 09:16:04 pc ifup: wlan0


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