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Old 10-30-2003, 03:54 AM   #1
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IrDA on toshiba portege 7020CT help needed

Hi all,
I managed to install linux on a portege7020CT from toshiba. I use it as main OS while windows is installed for apps not supported by linux.
I use to check emails via my nokia6310i phone on windows and would like to switch doing that on linux using evolution mail program from ximian.

In windows it takes about 4 minutes to get it on the move:
- download the driver for the modem from the nokia website
- turn on IrDA in the control panel
- turn on IrDA on the phone and tell windows where to look for the driver
- make a new dial-up connection in dial-up networking
Very easy.

I will not be so arrogant to ask for the same easy steps in linux. I would like to have some advice because I really don't get it...

After reading some how-to's I understood some basics but still am unable to irdadump and see my phone as explained in the IrDA how-to.

These are the steps I followed to try to install it. I did verify first that the IrDA packages were installed from my SuSE 8.2 box.

1) In /etc/modules.conf

alias char-major-161 ircomm-tty

# IrDA
alias tty-ldisc-11 irtty

# IrDA
options toshoboe max_baud=9600
alias irda0 toshoboe

2) In /etc/sysconfig/irda
That is all I added and by the same time it is the only mention inside of the file. Should there be some other command inside?

3) start the IrDA
still under X (fluxbox) open aterm and type:
modprobe irda irtty
irattach /dev/ttyS1 -s

then I tried to irdadump but nothing showed up. :-(

There is something wrong that I know but since I recopy these commands and all I read without really knowing what they do I can't figure out where I miss the point.
I have been struggling with this for a few days now (I work and do not try this all day only by night but still several hours reading-trying) and I won't give up until I understand and get it to work!

I know what I am doingin windows and what the system is looking for and that is why I can get an internet connection with a laptop using a nokia 6310i in 4 minutes.
Now in linux I really have no clue but I am sure it can be achieved in the same or less time when you exactly know where to look for and what command to type.

I sent two other questions on this site wherefrom one I answered and find the solution myself and the other has remained unanswered.
Thank you to this website wich brings a lot of answers to a lot of linux questions and problems encountered.
I hope that someone can help out.

Old 11-07-2003, 02:21 AM   #2
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same problem here... with a toshiba satellite pro m15-s405
Old 12-17-2003, 12:07 PM   #3
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what you miss is to enable the interface
First of all do a lsmod to see if toshoboe il really loaded, if not do a

modprobe toshoboe

Then try

ifconfig irda0 up

after this you will see irdadump working.....but is not the end of the story
Cell and Pc are speacking, but to made a call you need to do a ppp connection
I'm tryng to connect to my T68i via minicom, to see if the cell get a response, but it doesn't

At the moment I can only synchronize the addressbook

If you go ahead, please let me know
Old 12-13-2005, 11:58 PM   #4
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Can you tell me how you installed Linux on your Portege 7020CT. I am having trouble with the CD and the network adapter.

Thanks in advance
Old 12-14-2005, 04:30 AM   #5
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when I installed slack on 7020, I used the included cdrom on docking station: simply booted from cd
If you describe better your problem, I'll try to help
Old 12-16-2005, 10:35 PM   #6
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The T68i can connect with Bluetooth. I had a T68i connected to a Toshiba 7020CT with Vector Linux SOHO 5.0.1 on a Bluetooth USB dongle, using KPPP to dial up on Cingular. I had to install a couple of packages (BlueZ, and associated utilities) from I don't have the T68i anymore, but it works with a Motorola V551 too.


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