dstiles - 10:26 pm on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
Update on this...
I found info on a web site that showed me what the syslog entry should be when plugging in the dongle - nothing like it!
On inspiration I opened synaptic and searched for usbserial (a significant omission from my syslog). This returned two items, usb-modeswitch and usb-modeswitch-data (I think, from memory).
After installing these two I unplugged and re-plugged the dongle and Bingo! On right-click of Network Connections in the taskbar I now have "Enable Mobile Broadband as one of my connection options! The lack of this always worried me.
I also have (left-click) an entry for 3Internet1 which is my dongle's connection supplier (three.co.uk).
Online recommendations say disable CHAP in Network Connections Mobile Broadband PPP/Configure Methods, which I've done. Not sure yet about the two MSCHAP ones. I also ticked Connect Automatically in this panel.
So far I have only the device Number (11 digits beginning 074) and the APN (3Internet1) set up. I now have to figure out how to actually connect with the dongle.
...And I made the mistake of removing it and plugging it in again and now all the mobile stuff has gone from the NC taskbar icon. Or maybe it was something else I did. :(
Enough for today. Time for supper.