I'm getting bounced back and forth between Acer, Sprint, and Sierra Wireless - no one seems willing to help me use my existing cellular broadband USB modem on my new Aspire One. The problem seems to be missing drivers in the Linpus Linux installation on the Aspire One.
I have a Sierra Wireless Aircard 595U, which has been initialized and works well with my Windows XP laptop.
I found directions at Sprint (PDF from: http://www.nextel.com/en/software_do...ard_u595.shtml
Sierra Wireless (http://www.sierrawireless.com/faq/ShowFAQ.aspx?ID=607
). Unfortunately, the Sprint directions result in an error message. The Sierra Wireless directions assume that you already know your way around Linux and command syntax, which I don't. (Back in the dinosaur ages, I was a DOS command line user, so I'm not totally stupid, but I am a Linux n00b and there are enough differences that I get lost quickly.) Acer flatly refused to help me (which means I won't be recommending them even though I otherwise like the Aspire One).
I'm hoping that someone on this forum will have successfully done this installation and can tell me where I need to deviate from or add to the instructions given, or will be willing to work with me to get this working.
However, if anyone knows of a Sprint-compatible cellular modem that DOES work with the Aspire One without a huge installation hassle, please let me know the make and model. I'm not too proud to take an out of the box solution at this point. ;o)
One last little weirdness: I found a post on this site that recommended using sudo wvdialconf to autoconfigure, and no modem was detected. The error message included a question "did you configure it properly with set serial? No idea what this is, I'll have to do some more searches, and then recommended a FAQ at http://open.nit.ca/wiki/?WvDial
. What came up there was a rather iffy looking links aggregator site. I have a hard time believing that this came from the Acer installed OS. What did I just do?