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October 19th, 2010, 06:12 AM
Okay, Ijust installed 10.10 on a my new Aspire One Acer netbook and I got a mobile broadband USB stick from Wind mobile.

The stick is activated because it works on my 20 GB Windoze 7 O.S. but it doesn't work at all on my 140 GB Ubuntu O.S.
Both systems are on the same machine so I know it's not a hardware problem either.

Here's what happens:
I log on to Ubuntu, plug in the stick and I select the "New mobile broadband GSM connection" in the network connections menu.

From there I selected my country (Canada) and my mobile provider (Wind Mobile) than I selected my plan (Mobile Broadband) and my APN (broadband.windmobile.ca).

Then the stick blinks slowly and the network icon looks forever for a connection but no matter how long I wait no connection ever establishes. My roomate has it working on his HP laptop Ubuntu but no luck on mine. The stick just keeps blinking, a steady light indicates a connection.

Any solutions or ideas?

PepeLapiu :)

October 20th, 2010, 03:36 AM
tell us what lsusb says;


dmesg | grep tty (copy and paste that one)

if you don't get ttyUSB0 (or ttyACM0) you will need


a good way to install it is to install the sakis3g package;

it does all your connecting for you;


here is a how-to

October 21st, 2010, 05:14 AM
here are the results:

pepelapiu@pepelapiu-AO532h:~$ dmesg | grep tty
[ 0.000000] console [tty0] enabled
[ 15.951812] usb 1-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[ 15.952175] usb 1-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB1
[ 15.952447] usb 1-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB2
pepelapiu@pepelapiu-AO532h:~$ sudo bash
[sudo] password for pepelapiu:
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:~# apt-get install ppp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
ppp is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 52 not upgraded.
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:~# cd /usr/bin
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:/usr/bin# wget 'http://www.sakis3g.org/versions/latest/sakis3g.gz'
--2010-10-20 22:09:16-- http://www.sakis3g.org/versions/latest/sakis3g.gz
Resolving www.sakis3g.org...
Connecting to www.sakis3g.org||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://www.sakis3g.org/versions/latest/i386/sakis3g.gz [following]
--2010-10-20 22:09:17-- http://www.sakis3g.org/versions/latest/i386/sakis3g.gz
Reusing existing connection to www.sakis3g.org:80.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 200217 (196K) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: `sakis3g.gz.1'

100%[================================================== ==========================>] 200,217 50.0K/s in 4.1s

2010-10-20 22:09:22 (47.1 KB/s) - `sakis3g.gz.1' saved [200217/200217]

root@pepelapiu-AO532h:/usr/bin# echo "dda70fd95fb952dbb979af88790d3f6e sakis3g.gz" | md5sum -c
sakis3g.gz: OK
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:/usr/bin# You should see: sakis3g.gz: OK
You: command not found
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:/usr/bin# gunzip sakis3g.gz
root@pepelapiu-AO532h:/usr/bin# chmod +x sakis3g

Still stick not working. I'm going to restart and see if that changes anything.

October 21st, 2010, 05:16 AM
Nope, still not working. what's next?