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I am a complete newbie to linux as you have noticed and am wondering if any of you guys can translate this guide to set up the speedtouch modem to plain english. As i said i dont understand any of the directory stuff so please can you lot help me.
1. Save the latest version of speedtouchconf.tar.gz, the script for configuring it all.
This includes the speedtouch.sourceforge.net software.
2. Extract the files: tar xzvf speedtouchconf-dd-mm-yyyy.tar.gz
3. Change into the speedtouchconf directory: cd speedtouchconf-dd-mm-yyyy
4. Get the Microcode from Alcatel (now Thomson):
* Visit The Alcatel Microcode Download Page
(fill in your details, uncheck the "spam me" checkbox, click "Continue" and select the "Binary" download link)
* Or copy the alcaudsl.sys file from your working Windows installation
* Another firmware file is currently available from speedtouch.sourceforge.net which is apparently quite reliable, and doesn't require you to enter any personal details.
* For the silver modem, this firmware should be used. (The legality of this download is uncertain; the link may be disabled at any time). The Silver modem is now believed to work reliably - feedback appreciated. Just put the .ZIP file into the same directory as the speedtouchconf.sh script. Do not unzip it.
5. Save the microcode (either speedmgmt.tar.gz, mgmt.o, alcaudsl.sys, or the .zip file) into the speedtouchconf-dd-mm-yyyy/ directory.
6. # ./speedtouchconf.sh
Do not do any other configuration of the software - particularly, do not install the Alcatel software - only the microcode is required.
Then run the script AS ROOT.
A sample session is shown here - the whole thing takes about two minutes. You need to know the following things:
* Your VPI/VCI numbers (a few ISPs are listed with their numbers)
* Your ISP login ID and Password
So where are you up to? Did you download the speedtouchconf tarball? Did you extract it? Do you have a copy of the firmware?(I would recommend the firmware from http://www.speedtouch.com/driver_upgrade_lx_188.8.131.52.htm - scroll to the bottom of the page and click download Firmware). What distro are you using? What country are you in (you need to know that to be able to work out the VPI/VCI numbers. Good luck.
How would i extract it, i am using xp at the moment and i am going to put it on Manrake 10 official. I am in uk. Thanks for the help in advance, i cam complete newbie so could you please just run me through the whole process.
If you're using Mandrake don't use the speedtouchconf script at all, just use the Mandrke Control Centre and follow the prompts. It's been a while since I used Mandrake so I can't remember the details. If you've bought the official Mandrake CD's then everything you need to get online is on the CD's. If you downloaded the .iso's and burnt them to disk yourself then you'll need to drag and drop the firmware from your windows partition yourself.
Having said all that, if you do decide to use the speedtouchconf, you should be able to extract it by right clicking on it and choosing extract here. Oh, and in the UK the VPI/VCI numbers are 0 and 38
Root is the superuser. A normal user is only able to change files and folders (write or delete) in their home folder. Only root can write system side. To become root type in su then enter then the root password
Originally posted by Nawas111 I am doing it from a clean harddisk so i do i get the firmware. I dont want to tkae the harddisk into my windows system and back into my linux box. Thanks
I believe the point of the post just prior to this quoted one is that Mandrake should take care of the whole connection job for you. It's very unlikely you need to bother getting any special software whatever for your modem. I strongly urge you to let Mandrake do what it can--then if all else fails proceed with the special stuff. I believe there's a risk of making things worse in doing what you outlined in the first post.
Yes, you're right, use the Mandrake tools, but the firmware for the modem is propriatary, licensed software (like the nvidia drivers). Mandrake include it in their official CD's, the ones you can buy, but not in the .iso's you can download. So before you can get online you need to get the firmware onto your computer. Burning it to CD should be fine. On my Windows XP install the firmware is at C:\Windows\system32\drivers\alcaudsl.sys but I prefer to use the drivers from Thompson that I linked to above
Originally posted by Andrew Benton Yes, you're right, use the Mandrake tools, but the firmware for the modem is propriatary, licensed software (like the nvidia drivers). Mandrake include it in their official CD's, the ones you can buy, but not in the .iso's you can download.
Sorry, I didn't realize it was proprietary software in question. My own modem (supplied by my ISP, and an Efficient Systems "SpeedStream" model) just uses a generic driver.