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how to get your ice.net d50 modem to work on ubuntu

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A quick little how to on how to get your d50 modem to work on Ubuntu. I used the d50 on my laptop my entire summer vacation and it worked perfectly!

The basic setup

  • Install wvdial if you don't got it already, it's vital for this how to:

    sudo apt-get install wvdial

  • Unpack your d50 modem and insert it into a free USB slot..

  • The modem is also identified as a normal USB stick, where all the drivers and manuals are present

  • Open up a terminal window and type:

    cd /media/NMT_D50v2301/Linux/

  • And then type:

    sudo ./RDEVCHG

  • You will probably get a message like "Switchmode Failed" or "Switchmode Success" or something like "Aborted (core dumped)". Even if I got these errors, the modem was installed

  • Now, type:

    ls -la /dev/ttyACM*

  • If you get something that looks like this, you've activated your modem:

    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 166, 0 2008-04-23 09:31 /dev/ttyACM0

  • Copy the execute.sh located on the d50 USB stick under the Linux folder to you home directory

  • Edit the execute.sh so it looks something like this and then you are done with the basics:

    echo "--> D-50 Linux Connection\n" rm -rf D-50config wvdialconf_log wvdialconf D-50config > wvdialconf_log echo "Carrier Check= no\nStupid Mode= yes" > D-50config echo "Phone = #777 Username = cdma Password = cdma" > D-50config rm -rf wvdialconf_log echo "--> Dialing...\n" wvdial --config D-50config

Make a shortcut

To do this manually is kind of a bore, so I made this executable and made a shortcut to it on my desktop:

cd /media/NMT_D50v2303R2/Linux sudo ./RDEVCHG #path to your execute.sh file, in this case bin/: cd /home//bin/ sudo sh execute.sh

In the shortcut command field, just enter:

sudo sh /home//D-50.sh


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