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Old 03-27-2009, 02:31 AM   #1
mikeandiona
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PLEASE Linux 8.10 - need a driver and installation for FTE626 modem


Hi, fresh out of vista and now trying to find easy to follow directions to get my dongle ZTE626 wireless modem working with Linux (I am guessing that this an "analog" modem). Have looked at other threads and found screes and screes of script which are frankly SCARY and INTIMIDATING. Can anyone please send a link for a down load to CD for the driver software, and also some straightforward plain language instructions for the installation? Would be very much appreciated, thankyou. Regards Mic

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:32 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ!
I don't have that modem,but out of curiosity I searched a little and I found this.I believe it should get you goin'.
 
Old 03-29-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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FTE626 wireless modem - Linux Ubuntu 8.10

Cheers Alan, thanks for the kick start.

So far (for ease of others on this track) have upgraded the dongle. The uptool that Telstra provides required me to have a programme to open it, these sell for about $30 - 60, however my daughter suggested I use "7-zip" which is a free download and easily found using google. I used the "Open with Internet Explorer" option too. "Unzipping the uptool before use" just meant clicking on it - it then changes to a machine icon and you use that to do the work. Another step which caused me uncertainty was the requirement to "close the programme with the dongle plugged in" - I reckon that this meant just to close the control box using the X and do you want to exit - yes. Don't know if it was necessary or not but I also used the "safe removal" option for each step of this process. The dongles (I did my partners one as well at the same time) are working fine, if not a little faster. Next step - attempt to hook up with Ubuntu, will keep you all posted, cheers - MicN7.

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Old 03-29-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
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Translation for truck driver please

Before I go any further can anyone translate the following descriptions of running gear for computers, for myself and any other truck drivers trying to do this, thanks in nervous anticipation.


Text is: 2. Close the Telstra Connection Manager. Using the device manager find the com port of the modem. Open Hyperterminal and connect to the modem with these settings. Later step 4. talks about a 'Gnome ppp', is that what I load onto Ubuntu via disc to run the dongle...?

What are: Com port & Hyperterminal, and Gnome ppp - and where do I look for these things?

Cheers, MicN7

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Old 03-30-2009, 01:50 AM   #5
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Few links; 1,2,3,4,5.
Find and open "Device Manager" in Windows.It's probably somewhere in the Control Center then highlight Modem and go to Properties, then the Modem tab.You should see there by which port your modem is connected.It will be something like COM4.
Quote:
The Microsoft MS-DOS and Windows environments refer to serial ports as COM ports: COM1, COM2, etc. On Linux, 8250/16550 UART hardware serial ports are named /dev/ttyS*, USB adapters appear as /dev/ttyUSB* and various types of virtual serial ports do not necessarily have names starting with tty.
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GNOME PPP is a modem dialup tool designed to integrate nicely into GNOME 2 Desktop Environment. It is very similar to GPPP dialup utility created for GNOME 1 and KDE equivalent, KPPP. Since it is a graphical frontend for the excellent WvDial too, very little knowledge is needed to setup a dialup connection using GNOME PPP. It features ease of use, HIG dialogs, auto detection of your modem and connection monitoring. It is distributed under GPL, version 2, so you can download it and use it for free (free as in freedom, not as in free beer.
If it's not already installed you can open Synaptic package manager in Ubuntu and search for gnome-ppp and install it.I believe that you can open it from the terminal in Ubuntu with:
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sudo gedit ~/.wvdial.conf
just enter your password when asked,you won't see it as you type,just press <Enter> after that.
I guess that gnome-ppp will be somewhere in the menus,too.

Here's a tutorial about setting up dial up connection in Ubuntu.

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Old 03-30-2009, 08:58 AM   #6
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Thanks Alan

Thanks for your help Alan, and your kindness in checking back in on me. I must confess that I feel more and more out of my depth at each of these steps with Linux. Even the sheer number of Gnome-ppp's to choose from make for frightening foraging, and I now know that if I get a step wrong early I could be days finding out where, and that's just one step in a long and arduous process of many.... I have come to believe now that Linux is perhaps for those who enjoy setting up their computers as much as they do actually using it. I also wonder at the vast and diverse range of Linux operating systems available - I had somehow imagined that the objective of a community such as this would have been to focus in on and collectively work toward developing the easiest, most versatile, durable and useful system possible - the omnipotent diety of operating systems if you like.

I have phoned Toshiba who agreed to re-supply me with my licenced copy of Vista - which I will install, and then downgrade to Windows XP as per microsofts current face saving concession to myself and other disgruntled Vista customers.

Thanks again for your time, and I regret perhaps not making the Linux grade, but it was fun (for a few days anyway) to have had a look.

Wishing you all the best.

Cheers MicN7.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 11:31 AM   #7
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I'm sorry that you have choosen to give up.Ubuntu is not so hard to use,but I understand you.I'd say that everybody must learn something about Linux before they start using it.

Linux is really something that,in my opinion,almost everybody,should use.Maybe your daughter will use it.That would be great!

All the best!
 
  


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