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Was able to get this config up and running.  There’s only one gotcha…

the Dell Studio XPS doesn’t have the Intel VT turned on by default in the bios.  You must enable this AND shutdown the computer completely for it to be recognized by VMWare.  A restart isn’t enough.   This setting is in the Advanced tab in AO7 version of the BIOS.

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Yeah, baby.  Got my new DELL Studio XPS working with my Blackberry Storm.  A little bit of futzing and now I’m blogging from verizon 3g.

Note: Dell Studio XPS from Best Buy does not have Bluetooth enabled.  You have to use USB.  Doesn’t matter that’s really the only way to go with tethering as BT drains the battery…

Here’s how to do this:

Get barry from Net Direct.

(there’s an ubuntu binary package, they link to the repository.  just add it to synaptic and you can get all of barry)

once you get barry installed.  edit /etc/ppp/peers/barry-verizon.

just change the top part for user and password:

user “<yournumber>@vzw3g.com”

password “vzw”

and at the bottom with the pty line:

pty “/usr/sbin/pppob -P <devicepassword>”

If you didn’t set a password in your Options > security on your storm, you need to do that.

save your edits.

connect your blackberry.  when it prompts for mass mode, if it does. select YES.

go to command line and type: btools -l   if your Storm is listed, great.  if not, something is wrong.

if it’s connected, now you can connect to the interwebs:

sudo pppd call barry-verizon

This should work on all ubuntu 9.04 installs, not just DELL studio laptops.  I point out the DELL thing only because sometimes people search that way and sometimes there are weird things that you look for by model…

Speeds are really good with tethering this.

Also, I have to point out that the DELL XPS laptop is great with ubuntu.  Easy install.  only thing I’m futzing with is hibernate.  Everything else works out of the box.

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As a follow up to my other Blackberry Storm Bluetooth DUN post, here’s the more involved process for getting the storm tethered to Ubuntu.  I’m using Ubuntu Intrepid / 8.10.

The main Bluetooth Dial Up instructions

The more specific Verizon specific details

Not for newbies, in my opinion.

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I just jammed that speed test out here inside a big metal gym in Culver City, CA.

Not bad.

Setting up bluetooth DUN with the new storm is as easy as it was with Blackberry 8830 on Mac OS X.  You just need to set up a Bluetooth profile in Network Preferences.

Phone # is #777

user: Phone#@vzw3.com

pass: vzw

under Advanced -> Modem, set it it to Dial Up Device

This is a useful post out there that I used in my original 8830 experience.

That’s it!

Oh yeah, you have to have the Broadband Access plan and it’s best to get the unlimited data plan for obvious reasons.

Sweet!

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