How do I use a Sprint Broadband card with 8.04?

Asked by iflyfr8

I cannot get my sprint Novatel u720 to work on my Dell mini 9 running 8.04. I have used the procedure from the Sprint website and all that has been posted here. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :
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iflyfr8 (paul-andrews) said :


Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, this thing will not let me install KPPP and KPPP logview from the menu. I get a message saying that is restricted by the vendor. Can I load these packages from the command line and how do i do that? I am new to Linux!


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Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :


Please do the following to install kppp:

Step 1: Open Terminal from "Applications->Accessories->Terminal"

Step 2: Run the following commands (type each then hit <enter>)

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install kppp

Step 3: Post results (cut/paste terminal output from each command) here



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iflyfr8 (paul-andrews) said :

OK Mark, here it is!

paul@paul:~$ sudo aptitude update
[sudo] password for paul:
Hit hardy Release.gpg
Ign hardy/main Translation-en_US
Ign hardy/universe Translation-en_US
Ign hardy/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign hardy/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit hardy-updates Release.gpg
Ign hardy-updates/main Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit hardy-security Release.gpg
Ign hardy-security/main Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-security/universe Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit hardy-netbook-base Release.gpg
Ign hardy-netbook-base/main Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-netbook-base/universe Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-netbook-base/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-netbook-base/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit hardy-dell-mini Release.gpg
Ign hardy-dell-mini/main Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-dell-mini/universe Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-dell-mini/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign hardy-dell-mini/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit hardy Release
Hit hardy-updates Release
Hit hardy-security Release
Hit hardy-netbook-base Release
Hit hardy-dell-mini Release
Hit hardy/main Packages
Hit hardy/universe Packages
Hit hardy/multiverse Packages
Hit hardy/restricted Packages
Hit hardy/main Sources
Hit hardy/universe Sources
Hit hardy/multiverse Sources
Hit hardy/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-updates/main Packages
Hit hardy-updates/universe Packages
Hit hardy-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit hardy-updates/restricted Packages
Ign hardy-updates/main Sources
Ign hardy-updates/universe Sources
Ign hardy-updates/multiverse Sources
Ign hardy-updates/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-security/main Packages
Hit hardy-security/universe Packages
Hit hardy-security/multiverse Packages
Hit hardy-security/restricted Packages
Ign hardy-security/main Sources
Ign hardy-security/universe Sources
Ign hardy-security/multiverse Sources
Ign hardy-security/restricted Sources
Ign hardy-netbook-base/main Packages
Ign hardy-netbook-base/universe Packages
Ign hardy-netbook-base/multiverse Packages
Ign hardy-netbook-base/restricted Packages
Ign hardy-netbook-base/main Sources
Ign hardy-netbook-base/universe Sources
Ign hardy-netbook-base/multiverse Sources
Ign hardy-netbook-base/restricted Sources
Ign hardy-dell-mini/main Packages
Ign hardy-dell-mini/universe Packages
Ign hardy-dell-mini/multiverse Packages
Ign hardy-dell-mini/restricted Packages
Ign hardy-dell-mini/main Sources
Ign hardy-dell-mini/universe Sources
Ign hardy-dell-mini/multiverse Sources
Ign hardy-dell-mini/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-updates/main Sources
Hit hardy-updates/universe Sources
Hit hardy-updates/multiverse Sources
Hit hardy-updates/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-security/main Sources
Hit hardy-security/universe Sources
Hit hardy-security/multiverse Sources
Hit hardy-security/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-netbook-base/main Packages
Hit hardy-netbook-base/universe Packages
Hit hardy-netbook-base/multiverse Packages
Hit hardy-netbook-base/restricted Packages
Hit hardy-netbook-base/main Sources
Hit hardy-netbook-base/universe Sources
Hit hardy-netbook-base/multiverse Sources
Hit hardy-netbook-base/restricted Sources
Hit hardy-dell-mini/main Packages
Hit hardy-dell-mini/universe Packages
Hit hardy-dell-mini/multiverse Packages
Hit hardy-dell-mini/restricted Packages
Hit hardy-dell-mini/main Sources
Hit hardy-dell-mini/universe Sources
Hit hardy-dell-mini/multiverse Sources
Hit hardy-dell-mini/restricted Sources
Reading package lists... Done

paul@paul:~$ sudo aptitude install kppp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Initializing package states... Done
Writing extended state information... Done
Building tag database... Done
The following packages are unused and will be REMOVED:
  at-spi gnome-cards-data gnome-games-data guile-1.6-libs libbeagle1 libelfg0 libgail-gnome-module libggz2 libggzcore9
  libggzmod4 libgnome-speech7 libguile-ltdl-1 libopal-2.2 libopenobex1 libpt-1.10.10 libpt-1.10.10-plugins-alsa
  libqthreads-12 libxevie1 obex-data-server python-brlapi python-pyatspi
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 21 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 692kB of archives. After unpacking 51.4MB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] y
Writing extended state information... Done
Get:1 hardy/main kppp 4:3.5.8-1ubuntu3 [692kB]
Fetched 692kB in 1s (456kB/s)
(Reading database ... 93101 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing python-pyatspi ...
Removing at-spi ...
Removing gnome-games-data ...

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Best Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :


So now that kppp seems to be installed, please try following this procedure:



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iflyfr8 (paul-andrews) said :

Problem Cured!!

Thanks so much for your excellent help, Mark! I owe you.

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Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said :

@Mark, thank you, I've added that to the Mini 9 wiki page at