My fix for this firmware loading issue:
along with the the needed preparation patch:
is now available via the bleeding edge daily compat-wireless packages.
If you want to know as soon as possible whether this fix does fix your issue too you can compile that compat-wireless package. It is quite easy and takes only a few minutes. Of course you can also wait till the fix comes to you in even more user friendly form, but I do not know how long this will take.
Plus, the sooner you find out that it is not fixed for you, the more time there is to address that before natty comes out.
The long explanations for compat wireless are here:
That is the short version that works for me:
extract it with nautilus "extract here"
in a terminal window cd into the extracted directory compat-wireless-2010-12-14
$ ./scripts/driver-select rt2x00
disable networking via networkManager-applet
remove linux-backports-modules... if you have any installed. They might conflict.
$ sudo modprobe -rv rt2800pci
$ sudo modprobe -rv rt2860sta (if you have that loaded.)
$ sudo make install
$ sudo make unload
$ sudo modprobe -v rt2800pci
enable networking via networkManager-applet
If you can't unload the rt2860sta driver blacklist it and reboot.
If you have blacklisted the rt2... modules you have to undo that before you can load them with modprobe, of course.
Good luck :-)