Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:35:11 pm
The main problem is that some dongles are recognised as flash disks instead of broadband sticks.
The main program used to convert the dongle from USB flash disk to broadband stick is called "modeswitch".
Modeswitch is being updated now and then as more and more new types of dongles come to the market.
So there may be a case that you just need to update your modeswitch dongle and the modeswitch list of dongles, to get your dognle properly recognised by Linux.
I prepared a guide on how to do that.
First go here: http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/#download and download 2 packages:
usb-modeswitch-2.2.0 and usb-modeswitch-data
These normally go to your Downloads folder. Through nautilus navigate to the Downloads folder, find the packages, right click on them and select "extract here". 2 files will be extracted. One called usb-modeswitch-2.2.0 and one called usb-modeswitch-data-20140529.
Then open terminal and install the following two packages (libusb-dev and tcl). You need internet connection for that (wifi or wired).
sudo apt-get install libusb-dev
sudo apt-get install tcl
After the above, we proceed in installing the new modeswitch in terminal: (replace with your username where needed).
sudo make install
After is installed we clear the terminal with
and then we install the new modeswitch list
sudo make install
We reboot, and then in terminal we run the following command to confirm that the new version has been installed.
Then we plug our dongle and wait a few seconds to see if it works. Usually a window pops up asking for our password and then we proceed in the preparation of the mobile broadband connection via network manager.
Note that presently the latest modeswitch version is 2.2.0. If the version is updated, you will have to adjust the guide accordingly.
Hope that helps.