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Gigabyte MD800 3G/gsm/CDMA MODEM

Posted 06-26-2010 at 03:57 AM by qlue

I bought a modem for my netbook a while back and battled to get it to work.
What I learnt was;
just ejecting the fake cd switches it to modem mode
if it's connected when I switch on my netbook, it automatically defaults to modem mode.
it needs the usbserial module to be loaded.

The last bit can be done in two ways. first, from the terminal shell, type:
qlue@AcerAspireOne:~$ lsusb
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 17af:6002  
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 064e:d101 Suyin Corp. Acer CrystalEye Webcam
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Take a look at Bus 3 Device 2. that's the modem. Now type;
qlue@AcerAspireOne:~$ sudo modprobe -v usbserial vendor=0x17af product=6002
Ubuntu should do the rest for you automagically
If this worked, you may wonder, "how to get this module loaded automatically at boot up?"
All you do is, in a terminal shell, type;
qlue@AcerAspireOne:~$ sudo gedit /etc/modules
then add one line to that file. save and voila!
the line to add is;
usbserial vendor=0x17af product=0x6002
and that will load the module at boot up.
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  1. Old Comment
    Just an extra note for Debian/Ubuntu users. Right click on the network manager icon in the taskbar and select "edit connections" to add a connection for this modem.
    Then select "Mobile Broadband" and click on the "add" button.
    A connection wizard will then guide you through the process of adding a new mobile connection.

    This is valid for any 3G modem or cellphone that's connected via usb.
    Posted 11-26-2011 at 11:14 AM by qlue qlue is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Hi glue,

    I came across your blog and found it quite interesting. I am currently self studying my LPIC1 exams and trying to learn as much about Linux as possible.

    I would just like to make sure i understand what i am reading. Could the same procedure be used with the

    Posted 05-28-2013 at 04:16 AM by Gad Gad is offline
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    [~]$ man insmod
           insmod  is a trivial program to insert a module into the kernel: if the
           filename is a hyphen, the module is taken  from  standard  input.  Most
           users will want to use modprobe(8) instead, which is more clever.
    Thanks for the info
    Posted 09-16-2013 at 02:25 PM by jamison20000e jamison20000e is offline
    Updated 09-16-2013 at 02:35 PM by jamison20000e


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