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Old 11-28-2001, 05:40 PM   #1
daysupiii
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Angry Mandrake 8.1 and Alcatel Speed Touch USB Modem


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!

Thanks

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Old 12-27-2001, 07:42 PM   #2
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surf over to my thread & see what you think...

I have sorted my problems out once and for all.

I just brought a crappy old PC out of retirememt (this is what I had planned for Mandrake but it's now even better! Click below to see...

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=10586

 
Old 12-27-2001, 09:28 PM   #3
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Hi

What do you meen you cant proceed? more details needed

L8rs

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Old 01-08-2002, 11:54 AM   #4
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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.

daysupiii
 
Old 01-08-2002, 12:01 PM   #5
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Check var/log/messages for entries relating to pppd. Is there a var/log/ppp? If so post the contents (or at least the bits relating to line drops).
Also are you using the latest alcatel driver?
JIm
 
Old 01-08-2002, 08:44 PM   #6
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Hi again

The reason you cant reconnect is to do with the usb services running on your Mandrake installation.

When you try to connect to the internet using Mandrake, it allways tries to upload the driver microcode into the modem, this is the problem, I think the modem will only allow it to be done once.

What you have to do to reconnect, is go into the Mandrake Control Centre, go into services and manually shutdown and restart the usb option.

Then you,ll find it works first time.

Its a pain in the ass, but there you go.

Hope that helps.

L8rs

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Old 01-10-2002, 10:53 AM   #7
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more alcatel probs :-(

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 :-(

thanks for the read and the help!
 
Old 01-10-2002, 10:58 AM   #8
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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.
Jim
 
Old 01-10-2002, 11:03 AM   #9
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errrr

when yu say encapsulation what are you referring to?

also... i have tried redhat a few times but it doesnt seem to support i810 chipsets for some very strange reason...
 
Old 01-10-2002, 11:05 AM   #10
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errr part 2

the only distros i have seen that are compatible out of the box with the i810 chipset are SuSE and Mandrake...
 
Old 01-10-2002, 11:08 AM   #11
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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"
Jim
 
Old 01-10-2002, 12:32 PM   #12
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uhh

sorry big jim... i got mine from bellsouth... had all the drivers on it... and all unfortunately... very proprietery as well
 
Old 01-10-2002, 12:43 PM   #13
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Well it sounds like your system is doing what mine did, have you got a /etc/ppp/options or /etc/ppp/peers/adsl file? if so post them.

Ultimately what you need to do is run the relevant modules directly, so its something like
modprobe speedtch
run mgmt.o wherever you put it.
then type pppd.
Jim
 
Old 01-10-2002, 01:10 PM   #14
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Here is a link to the development page the "how-to" should help you get through the install

http://speedtouch.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 01-10-2002, 01:43 PM   #15
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uhh

when i type in pppd i get a "bad command" error
 
  


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