No Ubuntu / linux driver for MediaTek MT7630E wireless network card

Asked by Sheldon Irwin on 2014-02-03

My HP laptop uses MediaTek's (MEDIATEK Corp.) MT7630e 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter. I cannot access wifi after installing Ubuntu myself and there are no drivers available - or so it seems.

Apparantly some laptops which use this card came with Ubuntu pre-installed, with working drivers. These drivers are not available elsewhere?

Wired connections work, and my dual-boot Windows installation has perfect WiFi support.

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Sheldon Irwin (sheldon-irwin) said :
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Ubuntu claims support for this card: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/catalog/component/pci/14c3:7630/

I still can't find drivers however.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#2

What is the output of:

sudo lshw -C network; lsb_release -a; uname -a

Thanks

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#3

The wifi works in Windows as you have installed and setup the driver. It is a completely different OS with different support so has very little bearing on what Ubuntu will do.

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Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :
#4

I suspect that you are experiencing the following bug, for which there is no solution yet:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1220146

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Sheldon Irwin (sheldon-irwin) said :
#5

Thanks actionparsnip, I mentioned the Windows part to indicate that the hardware side is fine.

Here is the output requested:

sheldon@sheldon-HP-ubuntu:~$ sudo lshw -C network; lsb_release -a; uname -a
[sudo] password for sheldon:
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 0c
       serial: a0:1d:48:a8:1c:2d
       size: 100Mbit/s
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full firmware=rtl8168g-2_0.0.1 02/06/13 ip=192.168.1.110 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
       resources: irq:48 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:b0700000-b0700fff memory:b0400000-b0403fff
  *-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: MEDIATEK Corp.
       vendor: MEDIATEK Corp.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:b0600000-b06fffff
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 13.10
Release: 13.10
Codename: saucy
Linux sheldon-HP-ubuntu 3.11.0-15-generic #25-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jan 30 17:22:01 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#6

hmmm, and the output of:

lspci

Thanks

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Sheldon Irwin (sheldon-irwin) said :
#7

Thanks for the bug link Mark

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Sheldon Irwin (sheldon-irwin) said :
#8

...:~$ lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 06)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor PCI Express x16 Controller (rev 06)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev d4)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #6 (rev d4)
00:1c.6 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #7 (rev d4)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #8 (rev d4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM87 Express LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Mars [Radeon HD 8670A/8670M/8750M]
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 0c)
04:00.0 Network controller: MEDIATEK Corp. Device 7630
05:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5227 (rev 01)

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#9

You may need ndiswrapper. You could try Trusty in liveCD, see if the newer kernel supports your wireless chip.

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Sheldon Irwin (sheldon-irwin) said :
#10

There is no XP driver for MT7630E so NDISwrapper won't help unfortunately. I'm busy downloading Trusty's latest build so will see if that helps, thanks.

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