ubuntu-users Digest, Vol 72, Issue 170

Nora Wilcox nbwilcox at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 00:27:12 UTC 2010

 Thanks for the great links and info.  I must still have version 8.04.  I am
not sure how to check.  I had assumed the weekly updates ensured I had the
latest version.

I have posted requests for help on my city's local Linux forum.  I would
need help upgrading to 10.04.  So much of the terminology in the
instructions from the other forum I don't understand.

Amazon mentioned a VM Dialer.  I wonder if my 8.04 would work with that.
The process  upgrading to 10.04 without someone right here with me is too

I am a newbie.  And very slow at catching on.  I'm a senior citizen and all
this high tech language is not something I am comfortable with.

Thank you all for your patience and support.


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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 18:04:46 +0000 (UTC)
From: Frans Ketelaars <ketelaars at wanadoo.nl>
Subject: Re: My New Modem Won't Install
To: ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
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On Sat, 21 Aug 2010 18:31:08 -0500, Nora Wilcox wrote:


Thanks for the helpful link.  It is good to know it is possible to have
this modem work.  My Dell came with Ubuntu 8.04.  But I have done updates
every week, so I should have the most current version of Ubuntu.

When I plug in the USB modem, I get an icon on the desktop.  No wizard to
install the modem.  When I click on the Verizon desktop icon, I get an
explorer type screen.  When I click on any of the files nothing happens.

When I click on the Network button and choose the Mobile Broadband tab,
there is nothing there.

I am an absolute computer novice.  All I have ever done on my computer is
email, research, forums, and shop.  So sadly I did not understand anything
in the info from the link to the other forum.

I wondered about ejecting the modem?  Is that something that should be
done?  It sounds counterproductive.

Thank you so much for trying to help me.  I'm sorry to be such a beginner.



I you reply to a digest please snip the parts you are not responding to.
Don't worry about being a newbie :)

I found this link:
which says "Ubuntu 10.04 is plug&play", and has easy instructions.

See here on how to get Ubuntu 10.04 on your laptop:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1497176 esp. post #5 .

Regularly updating Ubuntu 8.04 just gives you an updated
Ubuntu 8.04 version, and simply upgrading the Dell installed Ubuntu 8.04
software to Ubuntu 10.04 isn't possible according to the link above.

Maybe you can get support from a local Ubuntu or Linux support group
near you.

Good luck!

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