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.

Neat!

Any doubts, just comment!

7 thoughts on “Huawei E220 3G and Acer One

  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. linux noob says:

    hi!
    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???
    and
    i use vodafone huawei e220,mobile connect,in Malaysia,Celcom 3G,may i set APN??or let Dynamic??

  3. César says:

    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

  4. 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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