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Old 06-26-2003, 04:51 AM   #1
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RedHat9 & Speedtouch USB


Hello,

being relatively new to Linux I decided to go with the installation of RedHat9 - all went really well, but now that I am trying to install my ADSL Speedtouch USB modem connected to BTOpenworld things are a different story.

Trying the walkthrough on:

webconexion.net/speedtouch/index.php

though it did state it was for RedHat8 - I had no success. On rebooting when I get to ADSL connection I receive this message:

USB_control/bulk_msg: timeout
usbdevfs: USBDEVFS_BULK failed deev 2 ep 0x85 len 512 ret -110

and being not altogether linux savvy can't really make head or tail of this!

I did wonder however since in following the guidelines on webconexion the part where it states about the usbcore and to check with lsmod. I receive back:

usb_uhci (unused)
usbcore [usbnet hid usb_uhci]

though when entering usbnet hid usb_uhci into the /etc/speedtouch.conf & /etc/modules.conf I only get an error! Don't laugh - I did say I wasn't very up on linux!

Thank you for any reply,

Regards,
Yad.
 
Old 06-26-2003, 08:45 AM   #2
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Umm, I'm not sure what type of speedtouch you've got but on mine I have RJ45s(I think that's what they're called)(phone plug like sockets) as well as USB if yours has RJ's and you want an easy way out of your problems I'd get network card that supports linux(they're pretty easy to find) and a cat20 cable plug it in and then run the wizard for ethernet connections it should autodetect and run fine.
 
Old 06-26-2003, 09:38 AM   #3
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Hiya, thanks for the reply.

I have the USB version of the speedtouch! Standard with the BTOpenworld ISP home plug 'n play. (BT even states that it's only compatible with windows - though there are reports and source projects on making this work with Linux - and so here I am plodding along wearily).

I have had the thing whirring away quite the thing now for over a year on ME and then XP - though have gone and created a mutant hybrid dual-boot XP / RedHat9 system. - really wanted to try Linux as am fed up with Windows doing it's own thing!

I knew there would have to be some fiddling to make everything work, but this modem is beginning to try me!

Still no further ahead as what I was - and there are only a few specific routers that I can plug this modem into - but I really don't want to have to shell out for more hardware, when what I have could work! "Could" being the word.

Anyone else got any ideas, sympathy. . . .

Thank you for any reply,
Yad.
 
Old 06-26-2003, 09:51 AM   #4
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I've often found that downloaded packages from the internet that patch things etc. hardly ever work(the only package I've ever got to work was XMMS mp3 support) So if RH9 supports your hardware on their CD I'd stick it in mount it . Run the autoplay from the commandline and then install the whole networking package they have(hopefully they have a driver to support it). Restart it since I *think* upgrading hardware drivers i.e.the kernel require restarting and then fiddle around with it through the redhat-config-networking or whatever it is in the main menu. If it detects it there it will probably run. But assuming that they said it would work with RH8.0 it should be supported in 9.0.

Good luck!
 
Old 06-26-2003, 10:33 AM   #5
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Cheers,

but as far as I can figure - the Alcatel USB Speedtouch is not supported. Therefore you have to twiddle with drivers for RedHat. I believe it's quite straightforward with Mandrake - see's your hardware and installs it. . . but not with RedHat - opensource projects methinks, doesn't find the USB modem you see - suports ethernet xDSL modems but not this sickly green "modem / Sigourney Weaver - Alien facesucker lookalike" thing that I have!!

Well bollocks to Alcatel. . . going to go and harrass them now. Anyone with anymore ideas - feel free to contribute.

Regards,
Yad.
 
Old 06-28-2003, 07:11 AM   #6
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I have the Speedtouch USB modem running on Redhat 8 on my home server - and it is running fine.

I used the instructions posted here:
http://metalicom.demon.co.uk/downloa...-HOWTO-en.html

I know that I made a couple of changes in the install process - try this first, and if you can't get it to work, I will check my changes and document them for you.

Crispy
 
Old 06-30-2003, 05:02 AM   #7
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Cheers

Hiya, thank you for the post.

I have looked at the runthrough and also have been checking some mailing boards. Looking again at my computer I would appear to actualy be hooked up - the USBDEV error is just that an error - one not so important!

Using ifconfig ppp0 I see that I have an ip - the ip within the subset that I would normally receive from BTOpenworld. However, I still cannot seem to use the Internet. When typing in an address I get that it cannot be found - it was for this reason that I thought I wasn't even connected to BTOpenworld.

Thing is though that I have my DNS set up in the correct file - so why should I not be able to resolve hosts?

Please help.

Cheers.
Yad.
 
Old 06-30-2003, 08:15 AM   #8
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I have this set up in two places. The first - which made the standard connection work was in /etc/resolv.conf where I added the following entries

nameserver 213.120.62.100
nameserver 213.120.62.101

After doing this, I had no problems on the machine. Since I am also using this linux box as a router, I also added a section in the named.conf file to forward DNS for machines connecting to this box as a gateway.

Let me know if you need this conf file - Good luck

Crispy
 
Old 06-30-2003, 08:35 AM   #9
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/etc/resolv.conf

Yep thats the file that I have... took it from one of the walkthroughs - same nameservers too! I have now just tried also three more that I had found on btFAQ

194.73.73.94, 194.73.73.95 and 194.72.6.57

but still no responce.... becoming a tad dejected now!!

Cheers,
Yad.
 
Old 06-30-2003, 09:02 AM   #10
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Have just seen that I have a copy of the resolv.conf in the /etc/ppp folder that is not a symbolic link - I have put the same info in here.

Confusing - but I went through the same process as you - many walkthroughs, and it is difficult to tell which changes are from which walkthrough - and I wans't exactly thorough in reversing things that did not work.......sorry...
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:22 AM   #11
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HAHAHA I DID IT!!!

After all my searching and about 5 days nearly now!!! You want to know what the problem was!!

I had my resolv.conf file and nameservers in with " "

i.e. nameserver "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" instead of without the ""

NUGGET.
This is me now typing this using RedHat9.

Excellent.

Cheers.

Yad.
 
Old 07-08-2003, 07:36 PM   #12
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Unhappy RH8 & Speedtouch USB ADSL modem

I havne't been as fortunate in resolving this modem issue. I get the typical start up info that has been mentioned on many forums like this one but it doesn't appear to really log me onto my account I use through Bellsouth.net. I can ping them but nothing else nor browse. I have the two steady green lights on the Alcatel modem so I'd think it should work.

I have a fresh install of RH 8 with everything installed and I've followed the directions listed here:

http://www.webconexion.net/speedtouch/index.php

I have checked my chap/pap secrets and they comply with my win2k (dual boot machine) settings that I am able to use w/ this modem so I know it works. It seems if I can't get this thing working Bellsouth suggests I get an ethernet modem (for $150!) and hook it up w/ my onboard LAN. I dont have that kind of money and I use RH for work at home so any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 04:57 AM   #13
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Hiya,

I know how you feel - this is a very demoralising situation - my connection isn't still perfect. I get an overflow on USBDEF (?!?) on startup (which by the way is something you're not suppossed to worry about!) - and also failed shutdowns - i.e. my modem is busy and uncooperative.

So it's not the perfect situation that I had hoped for but I have a connection, finally.

Anyways - here is a site that I found with a graphical help tool to setup your modem. I haven't actually used it as I notice on the website that it hasn't been tested with the RedHat distro - but seeing as you are having problems connecting you may want to try it.

You can find it at:

http://s1x.homelinux.net/downloads/s...uch-installer/

the blab is - "Speedtouch Installer is a graphical (with Tcl/Tk) and text based interface for simplifying the process of setting up PPPoE connections with USB Speed Touch ADSL modems. It installs drivers, makes system configuration changes, and creates accounts with a very easy and intuitive interface".

Please post any results you get from this.

HTH

Yad.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 07:34 AM   #14
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hmmmm

I'm afraid to get into that one b/c it's PPP0e and Bellsouth here uses PPP0a, plus it doesn't mention RH either :/
 
Old 07-09-2003, 08:14 AM   #15
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No can't blame you for that.

Here, you say you can ping them - but you can't browse. That sounds a lot like my problem before I figured out I had my nameservers set up wrong. I was connected but just couldn't access any sites.

You may want to check over your nameservers again - just to be sure!

Cheers,

Yad.
 
  


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