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Huawei E220 3G and Acer One

[UPDATE] VERY IMPORTANT: The solution I posted below is a bit hackerish and has been refuted by Rui Carmo who makes available a great resource for Acer One owners that want to hack their system a bit without breaking down functionality. For your own sanity, please take a look at his notes.

Today someone asked me if I could try to get the Huawei E220 to run over an Acer One. I agreed. Boy was it hard..

First of all, some background info. Do not skip it :-)

  1. Acer One brings its own Linux flavor, some distro based on Fedora 8 (Werewolf);
  2. This distro bundles XFCE window manager;
  3. There’s one OSS tool from Vodafone R&D Labs available here (actually this is the tool I use for my connection, even that I’ve a contract with other operator, Kanguru);
  4. Download vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux-2.0.beta2-fedora-installer.run as that was the one I tried successfully;
  5. Be sure to be running the latest version of software on your install;

Got it? OK, let’s go to the terminal. If you don’t know where you can find it, you should quit reading this post. Now:

  1. sudo -s
  2. yum remove linpus-lsb
  3. yum install redhat-lsb python-twisted pyserial pytz gnome-python2-libegg
  4. ./vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux-2.0.beta2-fedora-installer.run
  5. If everything goes right, a dialog will appear asking for you to insert a space-separated list of users who will be able to use this software. Simply put user

This should do the trick. Now just run sudo vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux and it should ask you to edit info regarding your connection. To the Vodafone Portugal clients it should appear a dialog which asks you if you want to load Vodafone Portugal configuration.


Any doubts, just comment!

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  1. August 30, 2008 at 08:01 | #1

    Actually, that will break the Linpus environment in subtle ways.
    You do not need to mess around with yum to get VMC going – you should download 2.0b3 instead (which has been available for a good while now) and simply run the installer.
    More on my Wiki (check out the mini-Wiki with my AA1 notes, there’s plenty more there).

  2. August 30, 2008 at 08:53 | #2

    Rui your post is awesome. I’m just asking myself why google wasn’t a big friend and directed me to you in the first hand :-/. I+ll link to you, tks!

  3. henry
    September 5, 2008 at 06:17 | #3

    I dont understand what is 2.0b3? is it driver version for the huawei e220 or for acer aspire one?

  4. linux noob
    January 24, 2009 at 08:26 | #4

    thx for your post!
    but i hv a question…
    why after install,sometime can’t detect modem???
    “what 0600 mode ” or “not register properties”
    what i can do???
    i use vodafone huawei e220,mobile connect,in Malaysia,Celcom 3G,may i set APN??or let Dynamic??

  5. César
    September 23, 2009 at 17:18 | #5

    when i try the last step i get this:

    [root@localhost user]# sudo vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux
    /usr/bin/vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux: line 2: twistd: command not found

    i can see the vodafone connect program in my right-click menu, but it wont run.

    thank you

  6. September 23, 2009 at 18:31 | #6

    @César that’s weird. twistd is a dependency of this package. Anyway, install package “python-twisted”

  7. June 23, 2010 at 12:23 | #7

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

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