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Just installed Mandrake 8.1 as had no luck with RH 7.2 in getting Alcatel Speed Touch USB Modem to work. Installation says " You need the alcatel microcode. Download it at http://www.alcatel.com/consumer/dsl/dvrreg_lx.htm and copy the mgmt.o in usr/share/speedtouch".
Dowloaded speedmgmt.tar (a zip file) and unzipped it in Win 98SE. mgmt.o was one of the unzipped files. usr/share/speedtouch exists but can't proceed. Help! Very new to Linux but can at the moment only use modem in Win. Set me free!
Sorry for long delay - I've been away. My problem is that the modem only works intermittently. I think I've downloaded the apporopriate file but the modem connecting seems to be a totally random event. I can be on line for an hour, disconnect and immediately try to reconnect and it won't work. When it does work, it sometimes connects first time and sometimes after as many as ten attempts. Other times it won't connect at all no matter how many times I try.
Do I need to edit any files etc to make the connection more reliable? Sorry this sounds a bit obtuse but I've only recently migrated from Win 98.
i went out and bought the mdk 8.1 only because the claim was made that it would fully support the alcatel speedtouch....
during the install it asked among other things what country account rules i was using... i am a yank but it had no option for usa. after some further investigation on my windows box i was bale to find that the vci vpi for usa is supposed to be the same as the one for france and italy.
so i tried that... from mandrake control center i kept trying to connect but it would always say "your modem does not seem to be connected to the internet, try to reconfigure"
i have put mgmt.o in the correct directory (/usr/share/speedtouch)....
one thing i notice is under the harddrake detection my usb modem is somewhat detected but basically unidentified on that panel but vaguely...
when i run a probe on /proc/usb it turns up my modem with the name and all...very puzzling... also on reboot or shutdown whenn it comes to disconnecting usb device1 and 2 it freezes up...
if linux is supposed to be a great web server et al then why does it not support high bandwidth connectors that work obviously good with windows.... i jus' don understand it ;-)
currently i pay 50$ a month for the dsl connection and if i have to use my external modem it charges me an additional 20$ per month and i really have no desire to go backwards to 56k dialup plus .....
after using windows2000 server extensively with IIS (It Isnt Secure) and having it destroyed by nimda i have been exploring options like apache for windows. currently, i run it for windows 98 se... my web server stays up generally (have to reboot every other day, yu know how it goes...) nimda scans my box at least 30 times a day but cant get in ( i dont know if its apache or the fact that it can find a winnt folder with cmd.exe), still, though, i would way much rather run linux as i am far more familiar with it from a server standpoint... any help or tips with getting this speedtouch to work would be greatly appreciated....
also, i am in school and work part time, so buying an ethernet dsl modem is out of the question at the moment :-(
I gave up on mandrake, as it kept hanging whenever I tried to set dsl up, but as I recall, it didn't seem to acknowledge the modem was there. In your windows diagnostics, what encapsulation are you using? This was the only thing I needed to change to get RH going, maybe the mandrake 8.1 setup is using the wrong one.
I'm assuming that you've got basically the same windows software from alcatel as I had. With the modem running, there should be a little green frog thing in your system tray. Click it and it brings up the modem info. One of the tabs on I think the first screen says "encapsulation"