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gobi-loader 0.6-1
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gobi_loader

gobi_loader is a firmware loader for Qualcomm Gobi USB chipsets. These devices
appear in an uninitialised state when power is applied and require firmware
to be loaded before they can be used as modems. gobi_loader adds a udev rule
that will trigger loading of the firmware and make the modem usable.

Installing:

make; make install

You also need the qcserial driver. This is included in kernels 2.6.30 and
later. Ensure that it has the IDs for your device. If not, add a line like

{USB_DEVICE(0x1234, 0x5678)},

to the id_table structure in drivers/usb/serial/qcserial.c and
rebuilt. This device is the firmware loading device and is not usable
as a modem. When loaded, qcserial should create a /dev/ttyUSB
device. Check that /etc/udev/rules.d/60-gobi.rules has an entry for your device
- if not, copy one of the existing lines and change the vendor and product IDs.
Note that a device line is only needed for the firmware loading ID, not the
modem ID.

Now you need the modem firmware. This can be obtained from a Windows
install - alternatively it may be possible to download from your
vendor's site and extracted with wine. You need the amss.mbn and
apps.mbn files corresponding to your mobile provider. For Gobi 2000
devices you also need UQCN.mbn. As yet, I don't have a good mapping
between devices and the appropriate firmware, so you'll need to figure
this out yourself.  Remember that some mobile providers use CDMA and
some use GSM - the CDMA firmware will typically be a smaller file than
the GSM firmware (approximately 5MB for CDMA firmware, approximately
9MB for GSM firmware). On my install, these files could be found in a
QDLService/Packages directory.

Please don't ask me for firmware. It's copyright Qualcomm and I can't
redistribute it.

Copy the appropriate firmware into /lib/firmware/gobi. Unload and
reload the qcserial driver or reboot your machine. Assuming you
installed the application and rules correctly, and assuming that
qcserial and the rules file both contain your modem devices, your
firmware will now load. The firmware loading device will now detach
from your system and reattach with a different ID. If you had to add
the firmware loading device to qcserial.c then you will probably also
need to add the modem device. However, the modem device does not need
to be added to the udev rules file.

A /dev/ttyUSB device will now exist for your modem. Recent versions of
network-manager should automatically pick it up - older versions (and
any other modem management software) may need more assistence.

Author:

This code was writte by Matthew Garrett <mjg@redhat.com> and is
released under the terms of version 2 of the GNU General Public
License. It is based on code written by Alexander Shumakovitch and
contains crc generation code from the Linux kernel. Gobi 2000 support
was provided by Anssi Hannula. The code was written by examining USB
traffic dumps under Windows - the Qualcomm drivers or firmware have
not been reverse engineered or disassembled in any way.