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USB-Modem ZTE MF 180 problem with Ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu @ March 21, 2011   Views:0

Hey people!
Today I downloaded the last version of Ubuntu 10.10 and everything went smoothly while installing the system on my computer till I faced a small problem 'hopefully'

Usually I use an USB-Modem ZTE MF 180 in Windows Seven in order to get my internet connected, but when I tried to do the same with Ubuntu 10.10 It sticks in progress "connecting"..

I can see that the system recognized the USB-Modem 'cuz by clicking at the icon nearby the clock I can see the name of the Modem and I can set my connection configurations up till the moment when I click "connect" it sticks in the progress for a minute or two, and then returns "Connection Unestablished" or something like that..
I'm using now my Windows seven, cannot wait till I turn to Ubuntu one more time..

any help or suggestions please

Thanks .. um, plus, I am using a "Beeline 3G USB-Modem" if that helps, a Russian operator!


actually when I click on connect it returns "Network disconnected" after sticking in progress for a while with out success!!

any help people

You should check in Synaptics to see if 'modemmanager' is installed and you probably will also need 'usb-modeswitch'.

...best to reboot after installing!

probably you need not only the usb-modeswitch, a usb driver may work for you.

can you guys explain more .. I am not sure what should I do!!
in addition, since my USB-Modem refuses to work with Ubuntu, I'm not capable of downloading any packages from the internet.. so

waiting more explanation please!

Can you post the output of



with the usb device plugged in. 3G modems have the driver (firmware) inside the usb device. But as is standard practice, this is the windows driver and linux only recognises the device as a mass storage device. usb-modeswitch will switch the device so that ubuntu see's it as a modem. But it's best to see if that is the case first and lsusb will tell us that

If necessary, you can download the 'usb-modeswitch' from the web to a USB drive, or cd/dvd, using your Win connection. Then boot Ubuntu and transfer the file in order to use it in Ubuntu.


Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 19d2:0031 ONDA Communication S.p.A. ZTE MF636
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0ac8:c40a Z-Star Microelectronics Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Here are the returns of 'lsusb'

I hope it shows something

.....Google PeppermintOS... it will probably work without downloading anything....based on Ubuntu and you will be able to add all the things you can with Ubuntu.

though, it is not working.. when I set my connection configurations up and tru to connect it attempts to connect then return a message "you are offline .. Network disconnected"

can anyone explain it more?


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