Verizon Mobile Broadband on Dell XT2 with Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit

Well, we still haven’t made progress on getting the Dell 5730 Wireless Broadband (VZW) card working on the Dell XT2 running Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit.

Here are a few links of similiar things that have been achieved:

http://kkinder.com/using-verizon-wireless-evdo-pc5740-and-linux/

http://www.evdoforums.com/thread2095.html

With the XT2 tablet in particular, there are some interesting caveats. I haven’t been able to access or activate the card under Windows XP either — the Fn+F9 switch is supposed to toggle between WiFi and the Mobile Broadband card, but it seems to be an all or nothing switch. There are several options in the BIOS, as well as a configurable hardware radio switch, but playing with those options hasn’t resulted in anything. Ubuntu does see the card, but can’t establish a connection with it, and presumably, lacks the software to activate the card if it were able to launch it.

Oh well… We have an even more killer mobile broadband setup we’ve moved to instead, we’ll feature that in another post.