Dell XPS M1530 with Ubuntu and Vodafone 3G

Well, let me first say that Ubuntu absolutely rocks on the M1530. The only thing that took me a while to sort out was the on board 3G modem, so here is a little run down of the steps I took to get it working.

I assume for now you have installed the Vodafone 3G dialer.

Step 1: Add the following line in /etc/fstab:

none            /proc/bus/usb   usbfs   devgid=46,devmode=664   0       0
I did a reboot, just to make sure that everything was working.

Step 2: Run the following command:

sudo modprobe -r usbserial ; sleep 3 ; sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x413c product=0x8138

The sleep command might be an overkill, but I am playing safe here.

Step 3: Initialize the modem again. You do this by switching off the modem (slide button on the right hand side of the laptop). Wait 5 seconds, and switch on again. This will create the /dev/ttyUSB* entries.

Step 4: Launch the Vodafone 3G dialer and configure your account. I had to restart the dialer after the initial account set-up.

That's it - surf's up !

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WindowMaker Debian Menus

After two or so years on KDE I decided to go back to WindowMaker. This is mainly for the benefit of performance and less clutter. There is one frustration though - menus :-)

When you install WindowMaker on Ubuntu, the "menu" package is not automatically installed, so you have to manually add it afterwards with "apt-get install menu". After each application you install, it's a good idea to update the menus by executing "sudo update-menus" to update the file "/etc/X11/WindowMaker/menu.hook".

You can use the WindowMaker Configuratio utility to add a "debian" menu, which points to the above file.

That's it - all your applications on the standard Gnome menus are now available in WindowMaker.

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