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Default Getting 3G access on Ubuntu - 01-13-2009, 11:28 AM

Hi all,

As a trial, I've just installed Ubuntu 8.10 via a USB stick onto my Mini 9. I'm new to Ubuntu but determined to give it a shot! Hense I am trying it out on a USB key first to see what problems I run into (driver and software wise)

So the biggest issue I'm having so far is getting the 3G access to work. Normally on windows I would use the Ericsson software (dell alternative to the UK vodafone access software) together with my T-Mobile Web n' Walk sim. Sadly on Ubuntu, it isn't that easy.

I've seen this blog post http://www.bjw.me.uk/2008/12/howto-u...gwwan-and.html, which apparently has the solution, but with my lack of linux knowledge, I'm really struggling to understand it all.

Has anyone found an easier way? Or should I install the official Dell unbuntu restore image? Would this make the 3G work?
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Default Re: Getting 3G access on Ubuntu - 01-13-2009, 01:45 PM

Linux / Ubuntu has drivers for a few 3G modems. The "three" service uses Huwaei USB modems, which are well supported.

Presumably you have an internal Dell 5530 card, which, according to the link you gave works out of the box.

gnome-ppp is supposed to be the easiest way to connect:
http://andrewgee.org/blog/2007/08/07/vo ... in-ubuntu/
http://polishlinux.org/linux/ubuntu/thr ... ntu-linux/
http://overblaze.wordpress.com/2008/12/ ... usb-modem/

Did you install the "normal" 32-bit i386 Ubuntu or the Netbook Remix? If the former, you should be able to follow that how-to. If you have problems, just post back with the specific issue.

The "script" it talks of is edited / created with:
gksudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
Everything else is entered directly as code in terminal.
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