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I had wicd when I was using BT5 but it wouldn't recognize my external modem, only the wifi mini, which is why I switched distros. I spent months googling and posting on forums and nobody knew how to get an external modem working in Wicd or anything else with BT5.
I have no idea if wicd works with Mint but I know for certain it didn't work in the first distro I tried so I am wary of trusting something that burned me before but I have limited option till i know how to configure from the command line. Z/Z
From all the research I was forced to do it appears that modems are a constant sauce of frustration for Linux users. Sort of the missing link in the evolution of Linux. From a network designers point of view this is not a good situation because we all don't design networks for close-knit office environments.
And I know I will get a lot of hostile reactions for saying it but when I consider the OS I consider for reliable access to a remote unit I am not impressed by network managers that require me to manually plug/unplug the usb modem every few hours. Minor issues regarding sound cards and things like that don't bother me but wireless network reliability is my bread and butter. Z/Z
Wireless was the Linux achilles heel when I first started with it, primarily because manufacturers were not making drivers or the information required to build drivers available. I think it was more out of ignorance and out of considering the Linux market too small to trifle with.
I suspect that the plug/unplug problem you mention is not related to the network manager but to some other problem. Given that I have not used a USB modem of any sort, I have encountered a similar problem from time to time (every few months or so--too infrequently to troubleshoot reliably) with one of my external USB HDDs.
I expect that you've tried using different ports. Have you tried cleaning the contacts?
I gave it some thought quite a few hours ago. I determined that the win 7 net manager has been acting odd as well so the problem may have been related to the modem.
Not exactly sure what was affecting the modem so I did everything. Moved the modem off the desk which is kinda flimsy, moved them further from the speakers that are magnetically shielded, moved closer to the only apartment window. Did all those things a few hours ago and the signal has yet to cut out... so maybe that was the issue... of the 3 variables I think the magnetically-shielded speakers were the biggest factor... they are not big but they pack a punch.
No one flames me anymore Linux is not the same without the flames Z/Z