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Old 03-12-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Ralink 2870 with recent Slackware-current


I got a problem with my Ralink 2870 wireless, it doesn't work saying:

kernel: rt2800usb 1-3.3:1.0: firmware: requesting rt2870.bin[2599]: Cannot find  firmware file 'rt2870.bin'
The same issue if I install 2.6.34 kernel.
I have tried to get the firmware_v8 from ralink site but then I got a message that the firmware is too old and version 12 is required.

Has somebody experienced the same and how it is possible to overcome the issue?

Thank you.
Old 03-13-2010, 03:55 AM   #2
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I've dealt with this before, not rt2870 directly, but shipped kernel firmware being out of date.

Try getting the firmware from git;a=summary

Which indecently has a 4k rt2870 blob, where as upstream has an 8k binary firmware blob.

Here's the md5sum I got from
cfc8663dc0c671f1cf022c791b2f1283 rt2870.bin


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