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Thread: Can't get usb_modeswitch to appear in Ubuntu Software Centre

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Question Can't get usb_modeswitch to appear in Ubuntu Software Centre

    I am having a problem getting my Vodafone PAYG Huawei K3565 Rev 2 mobile broadband to be recognised and/or connect in 9.10

    Reading round the forum I have come to the conclusion I need to try installing usb_modeswitch. Now comes my simple problem. Looking on

    The advice is to add

    deb karmic main universe

    to the apt sources. (replacing cz as required for several other servers of choice). I tried this (using several different servers) from within Ubuntu Software Centre, but the usb_modeswitch never appeared. In fact (oddly) the source never appeared in the list! (Although I did have a look in the etc/apt/sources.list and it had added a line each time - there were several - I'd tried quite a few!!!) I did try downloading it but when it starts gdebi to install, a message pops up saying it is available (and better supported!) in a software channel.

    I searched round a bit and found another reference to the package at

    This time the sources were totally different and the apt line recommended was

    deb sid main

    When I add this it does add the line to the list of sources, but sadly I still cannot see usb_modeswitch after Software Centre has updated. In fact the number of packages available seems to go down from 2186 to 2179!

    I suppose I could force the debian package to install, but I don't see why I can't get it to appear in Software Centre!

    I should perhaps add that I have added other sources using the "apt sources" and that worked OK so I know I am doing the right thing.

    Any ideas anyone...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    Re: Can't get usb_modeswitch to appear in Ubuntu Software Centre

    Install the one you downloaded, that is what I did, though I haven't got my connection working yet so that could be one of my probs.

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