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#1 2024-06-16 17:43:11

aluma
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[SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

I have a ThinkPad X201 laptop with a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 modem. The SIM card is inserted, the Firmware is loaded, a USB device

id 05c6:9205

appears as indicated here
https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Qualcomm_Gobi_2000
But then nothing happens; in the gui modem manager it says “unknown status.
Does anyone know what is missing?

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#2 2024-06-16 20:50:15

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

Hello:

aluma wrote:

... anyone know what is missing?

Quite possibly (?) the correct firmware is missing/not being loaded.
Seems that hardware has a few issues:

pdc_2 wrote:

... if you want to slowly drive yourself mad; and quietly pull all your hair out at home; all by yourself ...

See: https://forums.opensuse.org/t/gobi2000- … swer/71270

stakanov wrote:

For the record:
Laptop is an Lenovo X201 12’ Notebook. It was sold with WWAN (generical, not bound to provider - at least sold like this) and sold without any O.S. (which made me avoid the MS tax. The unpacking of the latest driver was done with wine, The option choosen was to combine the firmware solution “6” and “UMTS”. I copied all 3 files in /lib/firware/gobi (after having compiled successfully Gobiloader 0.7 from the wesite of the project beforehand).
Watch out to position the sim with the “cut” side versus the outer border (direction of battery) of the notebook and contact plate vs the bottom. This seems to be a bit “counterintuitive” but gives the desired result.
The device mounts under /dev/ttsy/usb1 (and not /dev//usb0 or 2). The other two positons are also claimed, maybe that part is the GPS I guess.

If that does not work, check these other posts:

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=202158
https://forums.centos.org/viewtopic.php?t=50599

One of them may be a lead to a solution, HTH.

Best,

A.

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#3 2024-06-17 06:13:38

aluma
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

@Altoid
Thank you very much!
I’ll try, yes, “all by myself,” but what a process... smile

P.S. It looks like in my case the problem is in the SIM card, this is "sw disabled" in the nmcli output

cdc-wdm0: unavailable
        "cdc-wdm0"
        gsm (qcserial, qmi_wwan), sw disabled, hw

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#4 2024-06-17 09:35:53

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

Hello:

aluma wrote:

Thank you ...

You're welcome.

... but what a process...

Indeed ...
But at least there is a solution to whatever is evidently wrong with that HW.

That said, I cannot imagine why it would be disabled in this manner, but then again ...
Cheaper this way for the OEM?

Please do let the forum know how you fared with this endeavour.
It will surely be useful to others in the same spot.

Best,

A.

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#5 2024-06-17 17:37:00

stargate-sg1-cheyenne-mtn
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

yes, please keep us posted on your progress!


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#6 2024-06-24 07:00:09

aluma
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

I'll mark it as solved, although I couldn't connect.
Everything works in software, interfaces appear, etc. As for the connection, I obviously need firmware for my operator. In addition, generations of mobile communications have changed and 3G may simply not be supported. I think it will be cheaper to buy a modern modem.

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#7 2024-06-24 08:53:04

stargate-sg1-cheyenne-mtn
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

a few extra links for future visitors:

ttps://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-networking-3/gobi-2000-wwlan-modem-installation-for-linux-4175682541/

ttps://github.com/kicer/gobi_loader/blob/master/README

agree with OP that a newer/more-modern solution may well be the most cost effective
(still it is always fun to experiment and gain valuable trouble-shooting experience)


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#8 2024-06-24 11:26:08

aluma
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

If you need instructions, here's one for my laptop.
https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Qualcomm_Gobi_2000
The gobi-loader package is available in the Debian sid repository. Firmware files from the 7xwc48ww.exe installed on Windows from here
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds001302
Works the same in Devuan, OpenSuse 15.5 and bionicpup64-8.0.

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#9 2024-06-30 04:55:16

aluma
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Re: [SOLVED] ThinkPad, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 and SIM card.

Alas, the secret of controlling USB modems has been lost!

In the days of opensus 11, all I had to do was plug it in and set up the kppp dialer.
Today, the unlocked zte mf180 easily turns on under Win 8, but it absolutely cannot work under Linux (I tried about 6 different ones).
The hardware turns on everything, ttyUSB interfaces appear, but the modem manager first gets stuck on the connection attempt, and if you try again, it does not react at all, and ppp does not see the existing ttyUSB.
Maybe there's something wrong with udev, I don't know.

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