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    Hello!

    I am new to Ubuntu, just installed it.

    I like it so far, the more I look at it it looks and feels better and I hope to stick to it, feel really enthusiastic.

    I would like to get help with this as frankly I think the problem is over my head at the moment.

    I have the broadband internet usb adapter by Wind in Italy. It worked just fine, I was surprised. Plug and play on first boot. But, after I shut down my laptop and booted again it was nowhere to be found. The thing just blinks red, which is I think bad. I don't have the option to connect in the system menu in the top right corner, and that's where it was. The network profile is still available for editing in the settings/network configuration window under broadband connections but doesn't show up in the system menu. I am thinking that the device is missing, which would be indicated by the red blinking.

    Then, I boot Windows and the red blinking turns to blue and I can connect. After I boot back to Ubuntu, voila it works. So for now I boot into Win, the driver gets initialized, and I boot back to Ubuntu and it works.

    I am running 12.10 and installed it through Windows. I didn't really want a dual boot, but my F2 key is not working so I can't enter bios to change boot priority

    Hope I'll get some help. This seems like an interesting problem. I will try to google how to device manage, maybe figure out how to mount the device, but I am not sure if this is the problem or the device itself needs some special wake up command after power up that the Windows driver gives it. Or, when shutting down, Ubuntu deinitializes it in some way. Maybe if I could get some directions on how to explore this issue.

    Thank you!

    Best regards,
    Alex
    Last edited by halex56; October 29th, 2012 at 12:14 AM. Reason: provide additional details

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    Re: usb internet adapter init/recognition - dissapears after shutdown/reboot

    Welcome to Ubuntu! Glad to hear you're liking it so far.

    First, you should know that if you used the Windows installer (Wubi), you don't really have a dual-boot system. What you really have is Ubuntu booting inside Windows, even though it may not look like it. Wubi essentially creates a VM that preempts the Windows enviroment, but it's still running on Windows.

    Second, many machines allow you to make a one-time boot device selection without changing the BIOS. For example, on my Satellite, I can hit F12 at the Toshiba splash screen and it brings up a list of devices I can boot from. (F2 is the key I would hit to enter the BIOS Setup.) You might want to make sure you don't have a similar option before giving up on installing from CD or USB.

    Third, I will finally get to the actual subject of the thread. I'm afraid I have zero experience with USB modems, but my first thought would be to see if Ubuntu is recognizing the device. Create the scenario where the modem blinks red and doesn't work and then run the command
    Code:
    lsusb
    from the terminal. Post the output to this thread. Please put the input inside code tags, like this:

    [CODE]Output
    Here[/CODE]
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: usb internet adapter init/recognition - dissapears after shutdown/reboot

    Are we talking about a modem or a USB wireless adapter?

    It's quite possible that the first time some kernel module (like a driver, in this case) was loaded that after that is not being loaded. So, along with the output that newb85 could you please also include the output of:

    lsmod

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    Re: usb internet adapter init/recognition - dissapears after shutdown/reboot

    Thank you for the help.
    It is a usb modem, it dials up. Sorry about that.

    I will post the outputs here tonight when I am home.

    So I am running a vm. Congratulations on a masterful job of not making it look so to the Ubuntu developers
    Thanks for the boot advice, will try it.

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    Re: usb internet adapter init/recognition - dissapears after shutdown/reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by halex56 View Post
    So I am running a vm. Congratulations on a masterful job of not making it look so to the Ubuntu developers
    Yeah, let me apologize on behalf of Canonical for that, as they're not likely to apologize themselves. They've recently been on a kick of trying too hard not to overwhelm new users with technical information, and it sometimes results in people not having enough technical information. This is one example of where they took it too far. I wish I knew a good way to petition them to add that point to their website, but alas, I don't, and I don't think my petitions would necessarily be heeded, anyways. (I could go on, but I'll get off my soapbox, now, as this isn't a discussion thread.)
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: usb internet adapter init/recognition - dissapears after shutdown/reboot

    They did do a very good job implementing this. I would like to see how it works. Will be looking for some article/blogpost/paper on this. It is very impressive. I see your point though. They should have said it. I was actually looking forward to some hacking to remove Windows with Ubuntu after install. Obviously will not be doing this I wonder what the benefits of running on a vm are. Mazbe Win exposes some devices xD But then this would have to feed into the krenel, agh. Stop, Alex.

    So, this is from when it does not work:

    Code:
    alex@lilith:~$ sudo lsusb
    sudo: unable to resolve host lilith
    [sudo] password for alex: 
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1ee8:0054 ONDA COMMUNICATION S.p.a. 
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 064e:a103 Suyin Corp. Acer/HP Integrated Webcam [CN0314]
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a5c:2151 Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 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 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    alex@lilith:~$ sudo lsmod
    sudo: unable to resolve host lilith
    Module                  Size  Used by
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi     32007  1 
    btusb                  18334  0 
    joydev                 17457  0 
    coretemp               13400  0 
    rfcomm                 46619  12 
    parport_pc             32688  0 
    bnep                   18140  2 
    ppdev                  17073  0 
    acer_wmi               32453  0 
    bluetooth             209199  22 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    lp                     17759  0 
    parport                46345  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    sparse_keymap          13890  1 acer_wmi
    arc4                   12529  2 
    microcode              22803  0 
    psmouse                95552  0 
    serio_raw              13215  0 
    snd_hda_codec_realtek    77876  1 
    uvcvideo               76749  0 
    videobuf2_core         32851  1 uvcvideo
    videodev              120309  2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
    videobuf2_vmalloc      12860  1 uvcvideo
    videobuf2_memops       13368  1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    video                  19335  1 acer_wmi
    snd_hda_intel          33491  5 
    snd_hda_codec         134212  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13602  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm                96580  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
    snd_rawmidi            30512  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                61521  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    wmi                    19070  1 acer_wmi
    snd_timer              29425  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    mac_hid                13205  0 
    ath9k                 131308  0 
    lpc_ich                17061  0 
    snd_seq_device         14497  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    mac80211              539908  1 ath9k
    radeon                895653  3 
    ath9k_common           14055  1 ath9k
    ath9k_hw              395218  2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    ath                    23827  3 ath9k,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw
    cfg80211              206566  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    ttm                    83595  1 radeon
    snd                    78734  20 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    drm_kms_helper         46784  1 radeon
    drm                   275528  5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit           13413  1 radeon
    soundcore              15047  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc         18484  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    tg3                   148780  0 
    usb_storage            48838  0
    This is when it does:

    Code:
    alex@lilith:~$ sudo lsusb
    sudo: unable to resolve host lilith
    [sudo] password for alex: 
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1ee8:0053 ONDA COMMUNICATION S.p.a. 
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 064e:a103 Suyin Corp. Acer/HP Integrated Webcam [CN0314]
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a5c:2151 Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 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 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    alex@lilith:~$ sudo lsmod
    sudo: unable to resolve host lilith
    Module                  Size  Used by
    ppp_deflate            12950  0 
    zlib_deflate           26914  1 ppp_deflate
    bsd_comp               12921  0 
    ppp_async              17413  1 
    crc_ccitt              12667  1 ppp_async
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi     32007  1 
    btusb                  18334  0 
    coretemp               13400  0 
    joydev                 17457  0 
    acer_wmi               32453  0 
    sparse_keymap          13890  1 acer_wmi
    rfcomm                 46619  12 
    parport_pc             32688  0 
    bnep                   18140  2 
    bluetooth             209199  22 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    ppdev                  17073  0 
    lp                     17759  0 
    parport                46345  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    microcode              22803  0 
    snd_hda_codec_realtek    77876  1 
    psmouse                95552  0 
    serio_raw              13215  0 
    snd_hda_intel          33491  7 
    snd_hda_codec         134212  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13602  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm                96580  4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
    snd_rawmidi            30512  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                61521  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    arc4                   12529  2 
    video                  19335  1 acer_wmi
    uvcvideo               76749  0 
    videobuf2_core         32851  1 uvcvideo
    snd_timer              29425  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14497  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    ath9k                 131308  0 
    wmi                    19070  1 acer_wmi
    videodev              120309  2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
    videobuf2_vmalloc      12860  1 uvcvideo
    radeon                895653  3 
    mac80211              539908  1 ath9k
    videobuf2_memops       13368  1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    cdc_ether              13494  0 
    usbnet                 26159  1 cdc_ether
    ath9k_common           14055  1 ath9k
    ath9k_hw              395218  2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    mac_hid                13205  0 
    ath                    23827  3 ath9k,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw
    cdc_acm                26935  5 
    snd                    78734  23 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ttm                    83595  1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper         46784  1 radeon
    lpc_ich                17061  0 
    drm                   275528  5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    cfg80211              206566  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    i2c_algo_bit           13413  1 radeon
    soundcore              15047  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc         18484  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    tg3                   148780  0 
    usb_storage            48838  0
    Some stuff is missing in lsmod, I think.

    If I pull the stick out and then put it back in it does not reinitialize. So if it was working it stops, and if it wasn't it still doesn't. xD

    When it is working, if I pull it out, all the modules stay loaded, but when I put it back in the connection is not present in the network menu in the top right, exactly the same as when I do a fresh power-up.

    So, problem is: fresh power-up into ubuntu -> no broadband modem connection available; boot windows and after that ubuntu: connection available. Running Wubi installed 12.10.
    Last edited by halex56; October 29th, 2012 at 10:45 PM. Reason: added info and recap

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