OK, here is my first draft, hope it helps!
Configuring the Alcatel Speedtouch 330 in Mandrake 9.1 for Newbies
Please remember - the author of this cannot be held responsible for any action you may take after reading this document. Screw this up and you may lose data!
It helps if you have used your Alcatel 330 USB modem successfully in windows. This way you can be sure all problems are merely configurational.
1). Get hold of "mgmt.o" from http://download.ethomson.com/download/speedmgmt.tar.gz
You don't need any of the other files they may try to peddle you, just "mgmt.o".
2). Place mgmt.o into the directory usr/share/speedtouch. You will need to do this in super user mode. If you are running the KDE desktop, the easiest way to get su file access is to run "File Manager - Super User Mode" in the "Application/File Tools" menu, and providing your root password. Copy & paste the file into the directory mentioned above. Other options for gaining root access to your files with a GUI include running Konqueror or Nautilus from a su shell.
***NOTE*** Check your modem is correctly connected - it may not necessarily have both lights lit up. I find my modem behaves much better if it is not connected to a USB hub, instead connected directly to your PC.
3). Now for the fun part. Run Mandrake Control Centre (type "mcc" into a console or "Run command" from the menu if you're stuck), enter your root password, and click "Network and Internet" on the left hand side of the window.
4). Now you are presented with three options. Select "Drakconnect helps you set up your network and internet connection" (snappy, huh?).
***NOTE*** The Drakconnect GUI seems a little buggy (at least on my computer) if you see a screen with no apparent buttons for you to continue or cancel, just enlarge the window - they'll soon appear. This happens more often when setting up your IP masquerading (DON'T PANIC!!! you don't need know about that for this task), but it may occur to you in the network configuration section.
5). Click the "Wizard" button. Leave the "Autodetect" field checked, and continue to the next page. You may have to insert some of your Mandrake discs at this point, just follow the instructions.
6). Deselect EVERYTHING that isn't "Alcatel Speedtouch - Detected". If you don't, this will confuse the crap out of you as you attempt to configure your ethernet cards and wotnot at the same time.
7). Tweak and fiddle time. Fill in the dialog box with exactly the same information as you had to with Windows. Ignore any references to DNS servers - the first time you connect, they will autocomplete for you. You probably won't have to fill in the Provider name - I had to play with various settings until I got it right! Once you have filled them in, continue to the next page.
8). Select "Yes" when asked if you want the connection to start at bootup, and then click "Yes" when it asks if you want to connect to the internet now. If you are VERY lucky, you will connect and all you have to do is complete the wizard, and away you go. Most likely, it will try to connect through eth0 ar something strange. Do not fear! complete the wizard and then Apply the settings you have made.
8). A hardcore Linux user will tell you that you never have to reboot Linux to reconfigure. I am not skilled enough to tell you how to do it without rebooting, so - reboot!
9). Upon re-entering your GUI, *Don't* run Drakconnect to see if you are connected. Instead, fire up a web-browser and point it to Google or somesuch. If you get the Google HTML file, then you are away! If not, then it's back to step 4 all over again. Check your entries and continue. You may notice that some of the fields you entered before may be blank. This is probably why it failed. Check etc/speedtouch.conf and make sure it points to the correct location for mgmt.o. Check your login information has been written to the DrakConf files in etc/sysconfig.
***NOTE*** Once you have connected to the internet, do not be tempted to run the wizard or use expert mode to edit your connection details again!!! You'll be sorry....
By Matt Grice, Revision 0.0.1