E173 usb modem

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  1. sean536

    sean536 New Member

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    Im a new user. I need to establish internet connection using E173 Huawei modem. I tried to install a driver with a program called Mobile Partner, but it doesn't recognize this modem. At the end it writes this: '
    Install NDIS driver failed.The compiling environment is not all ready.
    Please check gcc, make and kernel buid(/lib/modules/3.2.0-52-generic/build) to be all installed?
    ' After many vain attempts I decided to install WINE from source in order to make the modem compatible with linux (im working in Bodhi from cd mode), typed in terminal everything it said and no success again. Without internet I cannot get Gparted, partition the hard drive and install Bodhi on the computer. Is there any simple way to either activate this modem in linux or to install Wine? Any step by step instructuion? I didnt know you have to complete a college to operate this OS.

    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014
  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any OS installed on your computer now?

    Can you temporarily connect your computer to a Router by cable?

    Bodhi is based on Ubuntu. In Ubuntu if you are compiling from source you need to install build-essential. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo
  3. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    First of all, using WINE for drivers is a VERY bad idea. Second the modem should not need any different drivers. Network Manager should be able to connect to the "Mobile Broadband" modem.

    With the modem plugged in:
    Code:
    sudo service modemmanager restart
    Code:
    sudo service udev restart
    Code:
    sudo usb_modeswitch -R -v 12d1 -p 14b5
  4. sean536

    sean536 New Member

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    thi is what it said:
    'bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo service modemmanager restart
    modemmanager stop/waiting
    modemmanager start/running, process 5767
    bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo service udev restart
    udev stop/waiting
    udev start/running, process 6034
    bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo usb_modeswitch -R -v 12d1 -p 14b5

    Looking for default devices ...
    No devices in default mode found. Nothing to do. Bye.'
  5. sean536

    sean536 New Member

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    So the modem was not detected because of failure of NDIS driver's installation. Am I right? What does it mean it says ' check gcc, make and kernel buid(/lib/modules/3.2.0-52-generic/build) to be all installed' ? Would there be the same issue in another distro or is it because sth is missing in Bodhi? People connected this device in Linux, but I don't know how.
  6. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I think @arochester had it right. You need to install build-essential before compiling the driver.
  7. sean536

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    I applied for help to a computer specialist. He said it would be too much trouble to install this linux software that comes with modem and suggested using program called wvdial coming with Bodhi instead. He said on his computer it works.( Note that when installing anything I can either use my Bodhi cd or switch to Windows and download files there, as I have the only internet connection from the same modem.)
    So he suggested executing the following commands:

    "bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo apt-get install wvdial
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    wvdial is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded."

    "bodhi@bodhi:~$ lsusb
    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 001 Device 012: ID 12d1:1436 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 04f2:b071 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd 2.0M UVC Webcam /
    CNF7129
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 15d9:0a4c Trust International B.V. USB+PS/2 Optical Mous"

    modem was detected

    then

    "bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo wvdialconf
    Editing `/etc/wvdial.conf'.

    Scanning your serial ports for a modem.

    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S0 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S13 S14 S15
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S16 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S22 S23
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31


    Sorry, no modem was detected! Is it in use by another program?
    Did you configure it properly with setserial?

    Please read the FAQ at"

    in his case here modem gets detected and he goes into /etc/wvdial.conf and puts required settings

    then

    "bodhi@bodhi:~$ sudo wvdial
    --> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.61
    --> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory
    --> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory
    --> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory
    bodhi@bodhi:~$"

    this is how he launches the connection, in my case nothing.

    He said to connect the device repeatedly to different ports and execute sudo wvdial afterwards, because sometimes theres failure of identification of it. Tried, no result. He then offered to try another model of modem.
    What does it mean ' configure setserial'?
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014
  8. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Tried to connect it to another computer - it gets detected instantly in the network manager without downloading of any drivers or running of commands. Can anyone suggest something in this situation?
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    It turned out that when i tried it on another computer i was using bodhi pae instead non pae. Now when i launched bodhi pae on the first computer the device got detected at once; back to non pae - no detection. So what is wrong with non pae version? I was suggested to install non pae on this computer which has 3 Gb memory. Would pae virsion work correcly on it?
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