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I tried removing rt2860sta as you suggested, but no dice. Without rebooting the behavior is the same. After reboot the network manager doesn't show any wireless signal at all and ...
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    I tried removing rt2860sta as you suggested, but no dice. Without rebooting the behavior is the same. After reboot the network manager doesn't show any wireless signal at all and the ra0 device is missing.

    It seems that removing rt2860sta effectively disables ra0, which I guess was your intention. The problem is, wlan0 refers to my built in wireless card, which is (in my opinion) a piece of crap. It wouldn't work (well) in vista or linux with live cd, so I purchased a usb card and then a pci express card after deciding that usb was too inconvenient for long-term use.

    I am guessing that if I am not able to use the pci express card with linux then I will not have wireless.

    I am currently booting from the live cd to see if I can determine what is different about the configuration. I will let you know what I find out. Let me know if you have any other advice or thoughts in the meantime.

    Thanks for all of your help so far!

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    Well now I can't seem to get wireless working from the live disc either... :/

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    Try the reverse. Remove the ath9k and load the rt2860sta module.

    I have had very good experiences with Atheros wireless. The ath9k driver is fairly new, and installing the latest version of the drivers may be beneficial.
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    Same result unfortunately.

    Code:
    ============ ifconfig ========
    eth0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:E0:B8:FC:68:3C  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
              Interrupt:17 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:200 (200.0 b)  TX bytes:200 (200.0 b)
    
    ra0       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1C:DF:94:0A:1B  
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:3353 errors:39 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:209 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:299570 (292.5 Kb)  TX bytes:5264 (5.1 Kb)
              Interrupt:18 
    
    =========== iwconfig =========
    ra0       RT2860 Wireless  ESSID:"Gandalf"  Nickname:"RT2860STA"
              Mode:Managed  Frequency=2.437 GHz  Access Point: 00:1D:7E:45:C2:04   
              Bit Rate=36 Mb/s   
              RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Link Quality=89/100  Signal level:-74 dBm  Noise level:-81 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    
    ============ lspci ============
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
    	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    	Kernel modules: intel-agp
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ehci-hcd
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:2944] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 [8086:294a] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ehci-hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller [8086:2919] (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: ahci
    	Kernel modules: ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:2930] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
    	Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002a] (rev 01)
    	Kernel modules: ath9k
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: RaLink RT2860 [1814:0781]
    	Kernel driver in use: rt2860
    	Kernel modules: rt2860sta
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 12)
    	Kernel driver in use: sky2
    	Kernel modules: sky2
    07:09.0 Mass storage controller [0180]: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MS/xD Controller [1217:7130] (rev 03)
    07:09.2 SD Host controller [0805]: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MMC/SD Controller [1217:7120] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    	Kernel modules: sdhci-pci
    
    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 008 Device 002: ID 154b:6545 PNY 
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 04f2:b027 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Gateway USB 2.0 Webcam
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    
    ============ lsmod ============
    Module                  Size  Used by
    rt2860sta             517772  1 
    nls_iso8859_1           5352  1 
    nls_cp437               7064  1 
    vfat                   11864  1 
    sco                    12572  2 
    fat                    54376  1 vfat
    bridge                 57288  1 
    stp                     3020  1 bridge
    bnep                   14664  2 
    udf                    78856  1 
    crc_itu_t               2376  1 udf
    rfcomm                 42648  0 
    l2cap                  24056  6 bnep,rfcomm
    bluetooth              63652  6 sco,bnep,rfcomm,l2cap
    xt_tcpudp               3608  1 
    xt_pkttype              2152  3 
    ipt_LOG                 6812  8 
    xt_limit                3180  8 
    af_packet              20728  2 
    i915                   34520  2 
    drm                   100592  3 i915
    snd_pcm_oss            48896  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          16808  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq                61968  0 
    snd_seq_device          8604  1 snd_seq
    binfmt_misc            10260  1 
    xt_NOTRACK              2152  2 
    ipt_REJECT              3480  3 
    xt_state                2568  4 
    iptable_raw             2760  1 
    iptable_filter          3400  1 
    nf_conntrack_netbios_ns     2840  0 
    nf_conntrack_ipv4      12792  4 
    nf_conntrack           80480  4 xt_NOTRACK,xt_state,nf_conntrack_netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_ipv4
    ip_tables              19464  2 iptable_raw,iptable_filter
    ip6_tables             21048  0 
    x_tables               23376  9 xt_tcpudp,xt_pkttype,ipt_LOG,xt_limit,xt_NOTRACK,ipt_REJECT,xt_state,ip_tables,ip6_tables
    cpufreq_conservative     8272  0 
    cpufreq_userspace       4204  0 
    cpufreq_powersave       2248  0 
    acpi_cpufreq            8968  1 
    fuse                   61088  3 
    loop                   17924  0 
    dm_mod                 73952  0 
    arc4                    2216  0 
    ecb                     3464  0 
    crypto_blkcipher       19372  1 ecb
    snd_hda_intel         545508  2 
    snd_pcm                95440  2 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel
    snd_timer              26664  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    sdhci_pci               9176  0 
    uvcvideo               56240  0 
    video                  24124  0 
    i2c_i801               12836  0 
    snd_page_alloc          9816  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    sdhci                  20716  1 sdhci_pci
    compat_ioctl32          8536  1 uvcvideo
    rtc_cmos               13960  0 
    snd_hwdep               9072  1 snd_hda_intel
    output                  3672  1 video
    videodev               35328  2 uvcvideo,compat_ioctl32
    rtc_core               22420  1 rtc_cmos
    snd                    74632  12 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_hwdep
    i2c_core               35280  1 i2c_i801
    wmi                     8160  0 
    button                  8328  0 
    ac                      5776  0 
    battery                13840  0 
    mmc_core               65216  1 sdhci
    sr_mod                 16196  1 
    v4l1_compat            14220  2 uvcvideo,videodev
    sky2                   51116  0 
    joydev                 12112  0 
    pcspkr                  3064  0 
    soundcore               8816  1 snd
    usb_storage           101072  1 
    rtc_lib                 3560  1 rtc_core
    intel_agp              29936  1 
    serio_raw               6412  0 
    cdrom                  36200  1 sr_mod
    sg                     35344  0 
    sd_mod                 35064  5 
    ehci_hcd               55348  0 
    crc_t10dif              2152  1 sd_mod
    uhci_hcd               27928  0 
    usbcore               198656  5 uvcvideo,usb_storage,ehci_hcd,uhci_hcd
    edd                    10272  0 
    ahci                   34628  3 
    libata                183376  1 ahci
    scsi_mod              179144  5 sr_mod,usb_storage,sg,sd_mod,libata
    dock                   14564  1 libata
    ext3                  141912  1 
    mbcache                10412  1 ext3
    jbd                    68824  1 ext3
    fan                     6016  0 
    thermal                24232  0 
    processor              49904  4 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
    thermal_sys            14336  4 video,fan,thermal,processor
    hwmon                   4040  1 thermal_sys
    
    ============ dmesg-firmware ============
    
    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.27.7-9-default

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    I still say you should use the Atheros wireless, as that presents the best chance. I would install the latest drivers, downloaded from this site:

    Download - Linux Wireless

    You should use the stable compat-wireless release. This is the driver source code, and needs to be compiled. First you need these programs installed, they are available on the Ubuntu installation DVD or from the Ubuntu repository (if you have a wired internet connection).

    linux-source
    linux-headers-2.6.27.7-9-default
    build-essential

    First, I want you to try something. There seem to be some problems with the default NetworkManager network connection manager. Install Wicd instead, using the Synaptic Package Manager. It should uninstall NetworkManager when it installs Wicd. This too would be available from the installation DVD or the Ubuntu repositories.
    Last edited by waterhead; 08-21-2009 at 05:15 PM.
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    Thanks! I'll give it a shot when I get home.

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