Tuesday, 26 July 2011

[Solved] USB Tethering a ZTE V9 SD card using Ubuntu Linux

If you have a ZTE V9 (A.K.A Optus Mytab) and you are tethering it to a linux device, you may be having a little trouble getting the SD car to mount.  Personally, it will mount fine on a windows box but will not mount or show aything in dmesg on my Ubuntu box.

First of all...
You cannot USB mount the SD card and USB Internet tether at the same time, damm.  Portable hotspot still work though!

It is easy to get the USB mounting going though... (Done on Android 2.2)

On the ZTE V9, turn on USB debugging.  Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging

On you Linux machine (mine is Ubuntu 11.04)

gksudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/40-usb_modeswitch.rules

Search for "0083" and comment out the whole line, like this.
# ATTRS{idVendor}=="19d2", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0083", RUN+="usb_modeswitch '%b/

You should be able to plug in your USB cable and mount the SD card like any other USB storage device.

If you want to tether the Internet, you will have to unmount the SD card, so you can check the USB Internet tethering box.

If you have trouble, check you dmesg output upon connection, check you lsusb output and make sure that usb_modeswitch is updated.

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