Internet connection with GPRS/UMTS USB Phone

December 22, 2006

In many country the use of mobile phone for internet connection is becoming popular. The cost is competitive with fixed ADSL connection but with the big advantage of mobility.
It is pretty easy to use any GPRS/UMTS phone with a USB cable connection to get access to the internet using your UBUNTU machine. It takes only few minutes, less than 5.
I am using a motorola V3X but it should work with any new phone configured as a modem connected through the USB.

Remember that in the phone USB connection set-up dialog, you have to configure the USB to work as data connection and not as memory card. This is a step that must be done for every OS, Windows too.

Now, let’s go to the Ubuntu configuration:
– connect the phone to the USB
– open a terminal
– $sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
– wait for the recognition and configuration of the modem, few seconds.
– $sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf
– put in the username and password any word you like and remove the semicolumn
– put your service provider phone number for data connection, i.e. *99# for Vodafone
– add the line: Stupid Mode = 1
– save the file /etc/wvdial.conf
– $sudo wvdial &

You are connected.
Fast and easy, easier than Windows.


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Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

December 5, 2006

The “Ext2 Installable File System for Windows” a is freeware program written by Stephan Schreibera and available at this link:

It provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 with full access to Linux Ext2volumes (read access and write access). This may beuseful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer.


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If you currently have Windows running and you realize that you need some files for your work which you have stored on an Ext2 volume of your Linux installation, you no longer have to shut down Windows and boot Linux!

Linux Ext3 volumes, the (K)Ubuntu default file system, can also be accessed.


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It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys,which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating system toinclude the Ext2 file system. All applications can access directly the Ext2 volumes that get a drive letters (for instance G:) like any other Windows drives.

Files,and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of allapplications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in order to work with them.


Main Features

  • Supports Windows NT4.0, Windows 2000, WindowsXP and Windows 2003 (x86 processors only).
  • All operations you would expect: Reading and writing files, listing directories, creating, renaming, moving and deletingfiles or directories, querying and modifying the volume’s label.
  • Files larger than 4 GBytes !

I have tryed it and works great !

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