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Mobile internet

Filed under: — jimmy @ 9:58 pm

As I’m now travelling more than before I decided to have a look at “Mobile Internet”. In Austria there are about four providers who sell such solutions. I wanted to make sure that the cards work properly under linux so I asked three of those four providers for a test card. Only two were willing to do this, the third said that I can test it in the store, which was no option for me (Because I also tested the new linksys umts router and didn’t want to move it to the store).
The newer cards are all the same, no matter which provider sells it. They are Globetrotter cards which use the nozomi kernel module. You can get all information and the driver on this website. I also packaged gcom for debian, which is a program to switch between the modes of the cards (umts, gprs, etc.) and to register with the provider. Of course, the nozomi module and gcom are on the grml cd ;-)

The card didn’t work in the linksys router so I have to wait for the new firmware.


Finally my X60s arrived

Filed under: — jimmy @ 9:29 pm

Yes! One day before I’ll fly to USA. I was really frightened that it wouldn’t arrive in time. Anyway, this notebook is pretty cool. Thx to grml2hd the basic setup was done quick and only a few things have to be fixed:

  • Wireless LAN: Need to get the source of ipw3945
  • X.org: Only works with vesa driver
  • Sound: Need more recent alsa drivers

Stay tuned for updates.


Installing debian sarge amd64 on IBM server x336: Can not mount CD-ROM

Filed under: — jimmy @ 4:14 pm

Problem: The debian installer can’t mount the cd because the ide-cd driver can’t be loaded correctly. This happens because ata_piix is loaded (S-ATA support) and is not able to detect the cd-rom on the ide port. This driver aquires all ports so you can’t load the ide-cd driver afterwards. So you have to load the generic ide driver BEFORE ata_piix is loaded.

  • Boot the installer cd as usual and hit enter
  • When the dialog for language selection appears switch to a console (Alt+F2)
  • Execute the command “modprobe ide-generic”
  • Switch back to the first console and continue


Linuxtage Chemnitz 2006

Filed under: — jimmy @ 8:11 pm

I’m back after spending a great weekend in Chemnitz at Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2006. As usual there were too many interesting talks to listen to all of them :-) BTW: This year I was also giving a talk: About Backup Manager, which is a great tool for backups ;-) The slides are available on my homepage.

Me, giving a talk, I

Me, giving a talk, II