[Durham] Compatibility of PAYG broadband dongles and portable hard drives (ubuntu)
dougie at highmoor.co.uk
Tue Sep 15 13:19:27 UTC 2009
Richard Mortimer wrote:
> Dougie Nisbet wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've been setting up the laptop I bought from Richard. Running Ubuntu
>> 9.04 and looking good.
>> I want to get a portable hard drive. Richard was that a Freecomm one you
>> had at the meeting? I could probably get by on 250GB but 320GB would be
>> better, and 500GB wouldn't be a bad thing.
>> Googling around it seems that most of them are pretty straightforward
>> apart from some gotchas about preinstalled software and encryption.
> AFAIK they are all just USB connected harddrives. I've used a number of
> bookshelf size versions (which are powered by a wallwart type plug) but
> have also used a 2.5" drive in a caddy that I got from ebuyer. Basically
> you just plug them into the USB port and they appear as just another
> hard drive. For use on Ubuntu use you probably want to
> repartition/create a ext2/3/4/whatever filesystem and maybe configure
> encryption if you care about that.
>> I've been looking at
>> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149400 (Maxtor Basics 500GB)
>> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164447 (LG 320GB)
>> looks nice.
>> Big worry is compatibility. Does anyone recommend a 'safe bet' for
>> working with ubuntu on my laptop?
> I don't see a problem with either of those two models. They look like
> they would just work.
>> Also been looking at PAYG broadband. It'd be nice to have for
>> emergencies although I don't think I'd need it much, so PAYG appeals. I
>> from Vodafone looked good. Perhaps a bit pricey for start-up but
>> straightforward and seems people have found it ok with linux. Does
>> anyone use anything similar?
> I haven't use Voda or PAYG but I've got an O2 dongle on contract and it
> works fine on Ubuntu Jaunty.
> The only slight snag is that you need to get usb modeswitch to do some
> magic to switch it from looking like a flash device to looking like a
> modem. Once I installed that and added the right udev rules (just a case
> of finding the right one in the list) then when you plug the dongle in
> it appears in network manager and you just click connect, it asks a few
> simple questions and then works. I think most of the dongles work in the
> same way (they just appear as a serial modem) so if the Voda one is the
> same then it should just work.
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belated thanks for the info Richard.
I'm using a WD 500GB passport drive and a Vodafone broadband dongle.
Both working fine. It never occurred to me that I might be able to use
my mobile phone for internet connection, and it turns out I can hook it
up to the laptop. Live and Learn.
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