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    Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    I have a Sierra AirCard 860 and followed the howto on a new install of ubuntu 8.04, IBM T41 laptop.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AirCard8X0

    I get this when I turn on the cards radio:


    Code:
    horndog@horndog-laptop:~$ pon ac850
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 1: Permission denied
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 3: TIMEOUT: not found
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 5: OK: not found
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 7: CONNECT: not found
    Connect script failed
    I tried root with same results:
    Code:
    horndog@horndog-laptop:~$ sudo pon ac850
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 1: Permission denied
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 3: TIMEOUT: not found
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 5: OK: not found
    /etc/chatscripts/ac850chat: 7: CONNECT: not found
    Connect script failed
    I did a google search come up with this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove network-manager network-manager-gnome
    No help

    More info:
    Code:
    horndog@horndog-laptop:~$ ls /dev/um*
    /dev/umts
    This is interesting. The card is not a network device contrary to the howto
    Code:
    horndog@horndog-laptop:~$ pccardctl ident
    Socket 0:
      product info: "Sierra Wireless", "AC850", "3G Network Adapter", "R1"
      manfid: 0x0192, 0x0710
      function: 2 (serial) 
    Socket 1:
      no product info available
    My syslog entry:
    Code:
    May  8 02:52:59 horndog-laptop dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 10
    May  8 02:53:01 horndog-laptop dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 8
    May  8 02:53:09 horndog-laptop dhclient: No DHCPOFFERS received.
    May  8 02:53:09 horndog-laptop dhclient: No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
    May  8 02:53:09 horndog-laptop dhclient: No DHCPOFFERS received.
    May  8 02:53:09 horndog-laptop dhclient: No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
    May  8 02:55:52 horndog-laptop pppd[7635]: pppd 2.4.4 started by horndog, uid 1000
    May  8 02:55:53 horndog-laptop pppd[7635]: Connect script failed
    May  8 02:55:54 horndog-laptop pppd[7635]: Exit.
    May  8 02:57:47 horndog-laptop dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255
    Any suggestion?
    Thanks

    BTW I don't have any internet without this connection.
    I have to boot into windows to acess the internet and drag
    any files back to ubuntu with a flash drive.

    EDIT
    Could it be that this is a new install and no network has ever been setup?

    EDIT2

    This is the information that was requested on the IRC from "soundray"

    Code:
    ls -l /dev/umts
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 65 2008-05-09 13:50 /dev/umts
    BTW thank soundray
    Last edited by Horndog; May 9th, 2008 at 08:12 PM. Reason: just a thought more info

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    bump for some help please

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    I give up. Apparently this AirCard requires some modem files to be installed. I don't have Internet connection to install anything.

    An observation,
    Ubuntu has gotten too big and therefor there is no support. Some time it's better to pay and have something that works the have nothing for free. You get what you pay for. Too bad.

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Horndog View Post
    I give up. Apparently this AirCard requires some modem files to be installed. I don't have Internet connection to install anything.

    An observation,
    Ubuntu has gotten too big and therefor there is no support. Some time it's better to pay and have something that works the have nothing for free. You get what you pay for. Too bad.
    I will ignore the pointless rant since it almost made me not bother to reply (Note: Many people do not troll everyday so it isn't unusual to wait a couple of days for someone to answer a specific problem).

    Did you copy the file to /lib/firmware?

    Here are the instructions for how I got it to work:
    http://darrenalbers.com/gprsec/aircard.html

    Quick note: On my T43 and T40 I had to disable the modem in the bios or the device would not be assigned a serial port. I did not have to do this on my T61 or any other laptop so it seems specific to the T4x series. So if you have the files named properly and in /lib/firmware then try disabling the modem in the bios and see if it is assigned a serial port. Then either use UMTSmon or GPRSEC to connect (Make sure you stop Network Manager before you start either of those programs. There is not need to uninstall it, just do sudo /etc/dbus-1/event.d/25NetworkManager stop from a terminal before you use your aircard.

    NM 0.7 had built in support for Aircards so when it stabilizes you will no longer have to uninstall it.

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Horndog View Post
    I give up. Apparently this AirCard requires some modem files to be installed. I don't have Internet connection to install anything.
    Specific to this comment, yes you need to download some firmware from Sierra Wireless. See the link I posted above for the location. The file is quite small so you can use Sneaker-net to get it to the PC without an internet connection.

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Quote Originally Posted by Horndog View Post
    BTW I don't have any internet without this connection.
    I have to boot into windows to acess the internet and drag
    any files back to ubuntu with a flash drive.
    As is stated: I don't have Internet in Ubuntu.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darrena
    Did you copy the file to /lib/firmware?
    Yes, as per instructions:
    Code:
    sudo mv SW_8xx_SER.dat /lib/firmware/SW_7xx_SER.cis
    In addition I flashed the firmware on the card itself in windows with the latest firmware from Sierra.

    Quote Originally Posted by horndog
    Code:
    horndog@horndog-laptop:~$ ls /dev/um*
    /dev/umts
    As indicated there is a driver made so the install procedure must
    be correct. There is a flashing green light on the AirCard which also means the card is registered with the system.

    My problem is the script, or at lest that is my understanding.

    I'm sorry if you don't agree with my "rant" but when there are 25000 people at one time accessing this forum how can there be much of any support? I have been using ubuntu for years but this is a big problem. Most posts go unanswered.

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    Re: Problem with Sierra AirCard 860 on 8.04

    Here is a link to another forum: http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/wir...ard-860-a.html

    Apparently The current install doesn't work with kernel 2.6
    so unless some one an confirm a success in 8.04 then I guess I'll
    dump this install.

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