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[Update] Got Vista? Got VMC? But no go?

, posted: 12-Oct-2007 10:00

Got Vista? Got VMC? But no go?

Well if you are one of a few that are using Vista (any build) and a Vodafone Mobile connect card (Novatel Merlin U630), you would probably figured out that the VMC software does not install properly, even on elevated privilege. What happened is that, due to the enhanced security built into Vista, the VMC software cannot run properly (Why? Don't ask me).

As usual when things doesn't work the way I expected, you go search online (or google for it). Which brought me to this cool application called MWConn. It is in German but with version above 1.0, it has English dialog too. The application can essentially replace the VMC software for basic UMTS/GPRS data connection. And also from this.Pose() as Expert with some help on how to set it up. [http://chrison.net/SearchView.aspx?q=mwconn]

So how do you use it?

Assuming you have just installed Vista successfully, and you're ready to get your VMC card going. You will need the driver files for the Novatel Merlin U630. This is easy to get if you already had it installed on Windows XP. Otherwise you will need to figure out how to extract the VMC installer to get the INF Files. I had to hunt it down from my Windows XP's installation. While in the Windows XP, copy this folder [\Program Files\Vodafone\Vodafone Mobile Connect\ICS\INF\8000000200012012\05000000FFFFFFFF00000000FFFFFFFF] and keep it safe so you have a copy for next time.

So you got the driver folder saved somewhere, then back on Vista, plug in your VMC/Merlin/U630, vista will find/recognise it as Generic Multipurpose card and it will ask for drivers for two other multipurpose devices. Cancel that if you can as we don't need that. Go to Device Manager, and look for "Generic Multipurpose card" and update the driver with the driver from VMC. Magically, the other devices will be found not long after that. The process will take about 5 mins. So let it does its thing and don't disturb it, except doing confirmation etc.

After the installation, you do however need to take note of two importants ports. Look for "Novatel Wireless UMTS Modem Primary" under "Modems" and "Novatel Wireless UMTS Modem Secondary" under "Ports (COM & LPT). Looks for the COM port from its Properties. In my case, they're COM4 and COM5.

Next you will need to get hold of MWConn (currently version 1.4) from http://mwconn.tribal-sunrise.com/.

You should be able to follow the instruction from Chris's site [http://chrison.net/MWConnAvailableInEnglish.aspx]. I will just do a brief summary on how to get it rolling.

Important thing is to make sure you run the MWConn as Administrator, you will be presented with a German dialog, click "NO" for English. MWConn will then create some .EXE files and .INI. And you will be presented with another dialog to create a DUN "Internet" for automated connection upon running the .EXE. I recommend "YES".

Next, run either UMTS.exe, UMTSGPRS.exe or GPRS.exe (gulp) depending what mode you would want to operate in. It will asked you for language, and this time it will create .INI. You will need to modify few parts on MWConn.INI.

Below is part of what my MWConn.ini looks like:
08 COM=COM4;Com5 {The COM ports that I told you to record down from the earlier step}
09 PIN={SIM PIN, will be encrypted after running the .EXE}
10 NET=Vodafone {My guess this is for Network ID, so if you know what Vodafone NZ's network is, please let me know}
11 APN=direct.vodafone.net.nz {direct.vodafone.net.nz is to bypass Vodafone NZ's optimizer proxy, default is www.vodafone.net.nz}

Once the .INI has been modified, run the .EXE again (as Administrator) then you're done. It will establish Internet connection using DUN "Internet" -- it has to be named as "Internet" otherwise, autoconnect will not work. To disconnect, just close the MWConn. Update Recently a forum member posted a question on how to get Novatel Merlin U630 working with Vista, and I came back to have a revisit of my blog post, did a bit of surf around and noticed that MWConn is now updated to version 3.8. And looks like it has GUI for most settings (I can't verify as I don't use my then laptop with Vista anymore - my laptop is now our home Windows Server 2003 SBS R2). Anyhow, give the new MWConn 3.8 a try. Update 2 Thanks Mark (BigFella): V9.1.2.5766 of the Dashboard is supposed to support the U630 on Vista (32 bit at least).





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Comment by awojtas, on 11-Sep-2006 12:40

www.vodafone.net.nz = default apn; web.vodafone.net.nz = apn without NAT; direct.vodafone.net.nz = apn without NAT and optimiser.


Comment by BigFella, on 26-Sep-2006 13:46


Just to correct the previous comment:
> www.vodafone.net.nz = default apn;
This is without NAT and has been for a while now.

> web.vodafone.net.nz = apn without NAT;
is now identical to www.vodafone.net.nz

> direct.vodafone.net.nz = apn without NAT and optimiser.
This is currently WITH NAT and WITHOUT the optimiser.


Author's note by chiefie, on 26-Sep-2006 15:58

which one is without NAT and without Optimizer?

(p/s: Is it good to have NAT or not?)


Comment by gehenna, on 18-May-2007 14:47

Hi there,

I've got so far as modifying the ini file but have run into problems.  When i initially run UMTSGPRS before having modified the ini, the app recognises the card as a novotel and attempts to negotiate with an APN.

But when I modify the ini with my settings the app just locks up and does not respond, then exits after a minute or so.

I've found my com ports to be 4 and 5 as yours were above.  I'm using the apn you mentioned, but I'm not sure of the PIN you mean.  is this the 12 digit number on the SIM card?

Thanks


Comment by BigFella, on 12-Oct-2007 10:23


The later revisions of the v9 Dashboard support the u630 on Vista.


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