Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nokia 6630 & Obextools

How to get your stuff off of your nokia 6630 onto your linux computer. I realise its now an old phone and probably no-one cares but I thought I'd stick it up anyway. Its a decent phone, worth picking up second hand.

Get Obextools. I managed to get a few of the other tools like Kmobiletools working with the phone but they couldn't actually do a while lot.

Add the following to your apt sources.list
#Obex/ Mobile Phone stuff
deb extra main
deb-src extra main

Then run apt-get and install the following:
apt-get install tcllib tablelist bwidgets obextool

You may have to get tablelist separately. I got my copy from the ubuntu forums as a .deb package and installed it separately.

Now run obextools:
obextool --obexcmd "obexftp -u 1"  

I had to run this as root for reasons that are beyond me. I guess its probably some sort of group permission thing for my user account. But I had accessed the obexftp fine using the command line, so I'm not entirely sure.
Anyway its working now - so that I can download pictures from the phone. Woo hoo.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Suicide or Wireless?

A well used phrase in the Linux community. When fighting against wireless drivers that don't work you have to ask yourself - do I really need wireless or would it be better to stab myself in the eyes with a large needle instead. After spending the last days repairing my computer after "upgrading" to a more recent kernel version - gotta love configuring X; I finally found some hope of getting my fscking wireless card to work.

The most frustrating thing is that I know it will work eventually. Its just matter of application. Unfortunately my time presently is a rather precious commodity so I'd rather not read through reams of linux "help" forums reading stuck up nerds look down on n00bs. Cunts.

Anyway - details. To check the card is registered type lsusb. You will see a list of other usb devices plugged in, your Microsoft 3 button mouse for example. A nice mouse. I have a Dlink DWL-G122. Hardware Version C1 and Firmware 3. Apparently - the correct driver is the RT73. The rt2500 and rt2570 make the system hang and ultimately freeze when the stick is removed. Nice - cunts.

You can download the source (with your non-existent internet connection) here:

Full credit to Ralink for their commitment - fuck you to Dlink to making an incomprehensible and un-navigatable website from which to find this information. Cunts. Also - a really well documented README - one with like actual instructions and stuff. A lesson for you all - you non-documenting pricks. You will need dos2unix as well. Part of the sysutils package on debian. Also known as tofrodos - just you know to make it easier. Whilst this package is available on a bunch of freeware sites I dislike using these places - e.g. softpedia. But fuck it - I got it from here:
Obviously if you have an ethernet connection just use apt-get. I had to set the man dir and the tar will spill its contents into the current directory so its best to create a new one for this program. In debian the man dir is /usr/share/man/man1.

So after the detour to get the dos2unix (or fromdos) working. Go back and follow the excellent instructions from ralink. make the driver. Copy to /etc/Wireless/RT73STA do the dos to unix on the data file. And then add the module to the kernel - all in the readme from ralink. Obviously connect the thing before typing ifconfig up but you know apart from that it actually fucking works.

Well - actually only sort of. Now you're going to have to work out how to work out how to connect to some crappy WEP/WPA encrypted home network - but at least your computer has stopped crashing.

VERDICT: Suicide narrowly averted. Death has finally removed himself from outside my window. The cunt. Apologies for the language.