23 October 2014

Activating Ralink RT3290 WLAN Adapter On Debian 7 Wheezy

Recently I installed Debian 7.6 Wheezy (6th update) on a laptop HP Sleekbook 14 with a WLAN Adapter Ralink RT3290. Unfortunately, the device couldn't be recognized by the default kernel and so the device didn't work. After searching so many times I didn't get the solution yet, but finally with my own experiment I could make the device work on Debian 7 Wheezy (Weeeeeee!)

Here are the steps I've done to make Ralink RT3290 WLAN works on Debian Wheezy :

1. Enable wheezy-backports repository and update cache
deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-backports main
# apt-get update

2. Install latest backported kernel
# apt-get install linux-image-3.16-0.bpo.2-686-pae (use synaptic package manager for the easier way)

3. Download the Debian Jessie's firmware-ralink package
Link : https://packages.debian.org/jessie/firmware-ralink

4. Extract the package 
firmware-ralink_0.43_all.deb by right click and Extract Here

5. Go to the extracted folder firmware-ralink_0.43_all/lib/firmware and copy the appropriate firmare file into the Debian Wheezy system :
# cp rt3290.bin /lib/firmware -v

6. Reboot the system, and voilaa !

Technical Details

Hardware : HP Sleekbook 14 Intel Pentium 987 1,5 Ghz dual-core, Ralink RT3290 WLAN Adapter
OS : Debian 7.6 XFCE Wheezy

1 comment:

Teseo said...


For me it does not work.
I cant update the kernel

My email es carlosmartin.contreras@gmail.com

Best regards