Give or take one hour later the file download completed. The installation went without a hitch. However, it created a dual boot system and installed Ubuntu by default (didn't even ask me if I wanted Xubuntu instead). Still gotta figure out how to remove Windows and replace Ubuntu with the lighter Xubuntu instead.
Here's someone else who claims they got it fixed: http://k.dieplz.net/evolut
Finally got my wireless connection to work properly. To see how I did it check out the following link: http://k.dieplz.net/evolut
In a nutshell this is what you have to do:
- Go to the download page for rt2860-source_126.96.36.199-3_all.deb and download the correct version from one of the listed mirrors
- Make sure that you have the debhelper and module-assistant utilities installed by running '
sudo aptitude install debhelper module-assistant'
- Build a binary package of the driver by running '
sudo m-a a-i rt2860' and module-assistant will do the rest for you.
- Run '
sudo modprobe rt2860sta'and you should be able to connect to a network with Network Manager. If not then you'll have to reboot.
- Finally run '
sudo gedit /etc/modules' and on the bottom you append a new line with
'rt2860sta' so that the driver will be loaded automatically whenever the machine is booted.