Ralink chipsets often cause problems for the Ubuntu or Linux users. Especially when we talk about the models rt3290 PCI, Rt3290 wifi or Ralink rt3290 Bluetooth (rtbth), none of them works well on the Linux distributions, Ralink chipsets have limited support towards the Linux OS.

Due to numerous bug reports Ubuntu developers have somehow fixed the ralink chipset WiFi bug from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (following Linux Kernel 4.15) release but Bluetooth issue still remains at the top level. Earlier we have shared the fix for Ralink Rt3290 which has resolved the Wifi problem. Users who are using an older version of Ubuntu they may still encounter Ralink WiFi and Bluetooth problems. If you still want to use an older version and your Ralink WiFi doesn’t works then read our article which shows you how to fix Ralink WiFi in Ubuntu.



So, we are here with the new easy solution of Ralink rt3290 bluetooth, which will provide you the detail step by step instructions for Ubuntu or Linux OS.

Here’s How to Make Ralink Rt3290 Bluetooth Work in Ubuntu or Linux

Step 1: Download the Ralink rt3290 bluetooth Driver Package

Now the first step is to download the ralink rt3290 bluetooth Linux driver (rtbth-dkms) package. Download this driver file from below link:

Download Driver for Ubuntu 16.04

Download Driver for Ubuntu 18.04

Please Note: The current deb package of Ralink rt3290 bluetooth is only available for x64 based distribution for 32bit distors you need to manually compile the bluetooth package for more please follow this link.

Step 2: Install Ralink rt3290 bluetooth Driver

After you have downloaded driver file, the next step is to install the driver package, Although you can install driver package via command line but we recommend Gdebi as it can install any debian package within seconds. If you don’t have Gdebi installer then please install it via Software center or just open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and type the below code:

sudo apt-get install Gdebi

Press Enter and when the installation succeed, Open the rtbth-dkms.deb file via Gdebi install and install the package (Shown in screenshot).

Also Read: How to Install Linux OS | 10 Easy Steps With Complete Guide

Step 3: Run the Ralink rt3290 bluetooth module (rtbth)

As you have completed above steps, now just after the installation finish, the next step is to check the bluetooth module- by typing below cmd in terminal

    1. sudo modprobe rtbth

Soon as you launch this command you will get message “init complete” this indicates that your module have been successfully loaded. If the terminal doesn’t gives you any output then its advisable to please check your bluetooth area whether the ubuntu detects bluetooth or not. (If it doesn’t then read the below steps)

 See the below screenshot of module loaded message

If the first command doesn’t works then toogle your WiFi switch on off and again type:



2.sudo modprobe rtbth    or    sudo modprobe -r rtbth

And, Press Enter, You will see your Wireless or Bluetooth light which indicates your rt3290 Bluetooth activated and you can now use your Bluetooth adapter.

Step 4: Auto-Load Ralink rt3290 (rtbth) module at startup

Now, the final step is to autoload the rtbth module at startup which prevents you from activating the module at every boot. For that you need to add the module in modules.conf file.

All you have to do is to find Kernel module file and its Located in /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf

You can manually Browse this file in Nautilus or any other file manager. All you have to do is to run File Manager in Terminal by typing the command:

  1. Sudo nautilus or sudo su & nautilus

But if you find this difficult then execute the following command in terminal

2. sudo gedit /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf

Then, Press Enter.

It will open the notepad file of modules.conf  and after that enter rtbth at end of file (as shown in screenshots).

Ralink rt3290 modules



Just click on save and restart your PC and see if the modules load automatically.  If you find any issue regarding these steps please free to drop a comment in our comment box.

Conclusion:

The Rt3290 chipset is itself bad, with unsupported and outdated drivers it has caused lots of problems not only with the Ubuntu/Linux distribution but to the windows as well. Due to discontinue support of some of their Wireless or bluetooth chipsets ralink has now become a limited choice for consumers.

Note: This method has a known issue i.e. whenever you close a lid of your laptop the Bluetooth module will stop functioning. The only way is to fix is to restart your computer.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. it’s working!! however issue is not completely not closed!!
    but, the problem is after restarting the OS
    it going back to normal again(not working!!)
    Again implementing the above steps, it working perfect and same after reboot (not working)

    • Hello Raju,

      Please Make sure that you have added rtbth on modules.conf file in linux. If you have added the module name(rtbth) and still its not working then, open modules.conf file and remove the rtbth from it and save it then shut down your PC/laptop and start it again after it re-open modules.conf file and then add rtbth as shown in article. Then make a restart and see if its working on not..This will surely work.

  2. It’s worked for me too; but when i restarted the computer, bluetooth driver has gone again. then i tried
    “sudo modprobe rtbth” command again and then worked again.
    i guess there is an issue about modules.conf file. pls help..i have ubuntu 18.04 by the way

    • Delete Modules.conf file and shutdown completely then restart your PC again. After that create a new modules.conf file and add rtbth on modules.conf file in linux.

      Then make a another restart and see if its working.

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