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AT&T Quicksilver, Linux, and service

by on Mar.15, 2010, under Computers, Linux, Mobile

Here is the problem.  I am out at lunch with my EeePC, have my USB adapter, and can tether with my cell phone. Except, for some reason, ATT hates when I tether, and drops my traffic.  On top of that, I cannot seem to pass data and voice at the same time, like ATT suggests I can. (I think its when you use MediaNET to tether).

So, I have to either use another phone to talk, and mine to tether, vice versa or whatever. Except I ssh in…and my connection drops.  Damn you ATT for filtering…But wait, we have a work offered PCMCIA card with a SIM to connect, but the Eee has no PCMCIA

In comes the AT&T Quicksilver connect, a USB enabled card to connect with the SIM. Because fedora works with like everything off the bat, I plug in…and…the whole system freezes.  WTH?!?

So after some investigating, it appears that this card is somewhat supported by most distros, and that ModemManager, tries to be the cool application, and take over the device….and fails horribly.

So more investigation, I find a nice website which seems to fix all my needs.  http://www.pharscape.org/Quicksilver.html?d=&jn78eb9aff=2

They offer a driver, a program to handle the ‘virtual cd’, and even software to connect. Fortunately, Fedora 12 offers the first two natively, just noting to connect with, so in come hsolink and hsoconnect!

So basically, you remove ModemManager, and install hsolink and hsoconnect, and you are home free, well almost.

There is some drawbacks to doing this, but for now, at least I can connect!

So lets hop to it!

Removing ModemManager:   rpm -e –nodeps ModemManager

This may not work for everyone, but in my use, on my EeePC, it is not needed for anything else.  I can still tether with my cell, as that shows up as eth1.

Next, installing hsolink and hsoconnect.  I would advice getting these from their normal website, however I do have local copies just in case.  [ hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz | hsoconnect-1.2.19.tar.gz ]

Extract, and install!

wget http://files.loclhst.com/eee/hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz
tar xzvf hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz
cd hsolink-1.0.118
./configure
make && make install
chmod +s `which hsolinkcontrol`

wget http://files.loclhst.com/eee/hsoconnect-1.2.19.tar.gz
cd hsoconnect-1.2.19
make install

Now, when you plug in the Quicksilver, the system should not lock up, and if you go to Applications>Internet>HSOconnect 1.2, you should get an application to connect.

Next, you need to configure the username/password. The list of common usernames/passwords can be found here.

Within HSOconnect, click on Profile>Edit Connection, and change the values as needed.  For ATT/Cingular, the common will be:

APN: ISP.CINGULAR
Username: USPDA@CINGULARGPRA.COM
Password: Cingular1

Now try and connect, if all goes well, you should be online with your ATT Quicksilver USB device!


Now the drawbacks:

– NetworkMananger does not see the interface, so you cannot use the build in vpn/network settings (I use the vpnc client manually in this case)

– tsclient does not seem to think there is a network connection, so instead I have been using rdesktop manually.

– The connection seems to be very picky.  I am am in the Red bars (1-2 bars) I cant seem to do much other then chat and web browse.

– SSH takes a long time to connect, even at full strength

If I find any fixes or better workarounds, I will post them, in the mean time, this should keep those who need internet access online for long enough time to work, or whatever it is you kids do these days on the interwebs.

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moving servers ftl

by on Sep.16, 2009, under Computers, Linux

drdelaney@ganondorf ~ $ uptime
20:28:35 up  1:14,  1 user,  load average: 0.01, 0.03, 0.08

=(

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VMWare ESXi, Linux, and Sub Interfaces

by on Apr.13, 2009, under Computers, Linux, Work

So I thought it was time to add something useful again to my blog.

Working with something for work, I had to configure a FC4 box with multiple IPs on different subnets, binding them to a sub nterface (eth0:1, eth0:2 and so on)

When we first got everythng on, only the primary IP address were working (bound to eth0 and eth1).  All other interfaces were resolving to the physical ESXi servers MAC address on the switch, which is no good.  After looking around, I found out there wasn’t support for this, everyone was saying to configure a Brige, or NAT everything through the local machine, which would NOT work out in our situation.

So after thinking a bit, I remembered the other issue we had with older OpenBSD 3.8 machines and the native VIC driver which was making the machines randomly crash reporting an unsupported mode.  Well the resolution for that was to shut down the guest, and add in ethernet0.VirtualDev = “e1000” and ethernet1.VirtualDev = “e1000” to the guest-name.vmx file.  So I figured I would try this on the Fc4 machine too, figuring I couldn’t lose anything.  Well, I didn’t lose anything, but I gained a working ssystem, with sub-interfaces!

So for all of those out there with weird networing issues on an ESXi (ESX as well) guests, try changing the network emulation from built-in VIC to intel e1000!

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VMware Dual booting?

by on Nov.16, 2008, under Computers, Linux

So, there is this interesting youtube video which explains how to use VMware Workstation to boot a Dual boot system into a virtual machine.

For those who are unaware, Dual booting allows you to boot either Windows or Linux.  You have to choose one or the other when you turn the system on.

With this setup, you can boot linux (my preferred OS) and use VMware, software used to emulate hardware of a computer, to run your Windows install just like you booted it normally.

Though you don’t get full functionality out of it, you get the basics, which allows me to do what I would normally do in windows (download and play games).

Also, while working with this, I ran into a problem with the current kernel in Fedora 9 (2.6.27.5-37.fc9.i686) and VMware Server 1.0.8.  I had to use the vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz file from this post to get the drivers to compile.  Though I did not get the Perl API libraries installed (I think its related to the drivers update, I did not look into it further yet), everything seems to be working fine.

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