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Setting up Sprint PCS cell phone to work with Mandrake 10 Linux:

  • Purchase a USB cable for the cell phone. I have a Samsung N400 phone, and Radio Shack sells the cable for about $21: Radio Shack

  • Attach the cable to your computer and your phone. The phone will say "USB Connected"

  • I typed "dmesg" to see if my computer saw anything and saw an entry that said:

usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using address 3

  • This was not enough, I needed the ACM module installed. I eventually figured out how to install the ACM module. Depending on your version of linux, this may be automatic. If not, type the following:

$sudo modprobe cdc-acm

  • After this, dmesg reported the following:

cdc_acm 1-1:1.0: ttyACM0: USB ACM device<6>drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver cdc_acm
drivers/usb/class/cdc-acm.c: v0.23:USB Abstract Control Model driver for USB modems and ISDN adapters

  • I went to the Mandrake Control Center and went to create a new modem connection. Mandrake only gives options for ttyS0-ttyS7, so I knew I needed to map the new port to a COM port, and chose COM5? which is ttyS5. I ran the following commands:

cd /dev
sudo rm ttyS4
sudo ln -s usb/acm/0 ttyS4

  • Now, I can go into the control center and add a new modem connection using ttyS4. The phone number needs to be "#777" and the screen looks as follows:

Connection Name: Sprint PCS
Phone Number: #777
Login ID:
Authentication: PAP/CHAP

  • Next, I can't find the connection in Mandrake!!

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