I have installed ubuntu 13.10, and have difficulty in mobile boradband. I have a Tata Photon usb stick, configured as Huawei EC 1260. It shows up in lsusb as 12d1:140b, but does not show up as device when I try to add a mobile broadband connection. It also does not appear in network manager icon.

  • to install huawei modem drivers askubuntu.com/questions/368294/…. NDIS driver problem see this askubuntu.com/a/368669/202806 – Avinash Raj Dec 11 '13 at 16:26
  • @ Avinash Raj - that may be a solution, but Ubuntu already has a generic mobile broadband driver which works flawlessly ONCE the device mode is switched. Somehow it's mostly Huawei/ZTE dongles which refuse to switch. – Pavel Dec 11 '13 at 18:01

Your dongle is supposed to switch into modem mode automatically but it doesn't. The problem is similar to mine: Huawei e173s 3G USB dongle won't switch into modem mode - except that the device is different, and so may be the exact cause.

The program which does auto-switching is usb_modeswitch. The first thing you should do is to enable usb_modeswitch logging: http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/#trouble (that section also suggests some common problems/solutions).

After looking at the log file, you will be able to localize the problem and cross-check with forum threads such as this: http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/bb/viewtopic.php?t=681

Unfortunately, I can't give you an exact answer to the problem as causes may vary depending on device type / firmware version / kernel version; but above should constitute a reasonable troubleshooting guide. You can follow the steps and write back.

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