So, I ran the nm-tool command, and the first thing to pop up was the wwan0 Mobile Broadband card. I noticed the driver associated with this card is called "cdc_ether". If I could get real linux drivers for this device, the perhaps it might help. I also downloaded wicd from the app store. this lead to another dead end.
State: connected (global)
- Device: wwan0 ----------------------------------------------------------------
Type: Mobile Broadband (GSM)
OK....so I did a "lsusb" command, and it turns out the Dell 5530 shows up as:
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 413c:8147 Dell Computer Corp. F3507g Mobile Broadband Module.
Isn't that the model number for the Ericsson WWAN Mobile Broadband card?????
I don't think I've ever had such issues with windows OS .... at all.
Off I go to do more research.
I would love to use Ubuntu as a daily driver for some of my project managers....but most of their machines have this onboard Mobile Broadband card installed. If they can't work remotely, then this is not even a possiblilty.
@mörgæs : I looked into dev version 13.04, but since its not as stable, this would not be viable as a "daily driver" either. Thanks much for you suggestion. Please keep 'em coming!! I simply MUST resolve this issue.
Until you try, you don't know how stable 13.04 is on your hardware. My 10.04 setup was installed at an early alpha stage and has been updated to today without major problems.
I have no idea why installing a still testing, unreleased version is going to make any difference. But hey, why not? Expect unexpected breakages even if it does fix your wireless issue, and I see no reason it will.
I've seen suggestions on rebuilding the kernel?!?! what - I don't even know what that means...I'm so new to this.
I've seen suggestions on using wicd -didn't work. I've seen suggestions on using gnome-ppp...couldn't even find a suitable download for that one.
I will continue to search and test and investigate - it is absoultely crucial that I get this working. I would love to be able to deply ubuntu on the laptops in our company, but they all have this mobile broadband card in them....about 40 laptops. So this is a must for me.
I really appreciate all the replies, ideas and suggestions this far. I am confident with all the knowledge in this community, I will get this working just fine.
If you are wanting to deploy Ubuntu in a production situation you definitely don't want 13.04. The LTS releases are designed for this very purpose (production machines and servers which need to be stable, reliably on and up for long periods).
12.04 LTS. I hope you can find a fix for this so you can deploy Ubuntu on those forty machines. Good luck.