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#  Wednesday, June 28, 2006

My post Novatel Wireless Merlin U630 on Windows Vista generated quite some feedback like "How did you install the drivers?". So I decided to take the latest and greatest build 5456 and see if I would get it up and running there too. Here is the list of things you need to do:

Obviously, the first thing to do is to insert the card. You will be prompted for driver installation, and it will try to do just that. However, it will only succeed in installing a "Generic Multifunction PC-Card". The two ports (later identified as multifunction device) will fail because it cannot detect the drivers.

Now we have to rectify this problem. Let's go to Device Manager (via Control Panel / Hardware), and right-click on the "Generic Multifunction PC-Card".  Choose "Update Driver":

This will magically turn it into the Novatel Wireless UMTS Modem Parent. And this in turn will allow auto-detection of the two ports:

Please note that the secondary port will show up under COM ports, not Modems:

And here things get hairy - as I pointed out, I am using MWConn. The current 0.9 version (as a reminder: at this time, German-only) assumes that the secondary port is above the primary (ie COM4 for primary, COM5 for secondary). However, on one of my laptops (Samsung X20) - the screenshot above - it is exactly the other way around and MWConn cannot cope with that at the moment. The IBM X31 orders the ports nicely right - and as such, UMTS works like a charm!

By the way, use MWConn with administrative rights because it does create network connections:

I will report back on the inverted port problem, the author of MWConn promised to send me an updated version that can deal with this issue. So stay tuned!

Update I got the new version - and I am modifying this blog entry under Windows Vista 5456 using the Merlin U630 in UMTS mode, on the Samsung X20. Now both laptops work! Proof:

Categories: Vista
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:08:33 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [4]Tracked by:
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Monday, July 3, 2006 1:22:18 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
Thanks!!! You are a star! Before I found your instructions, I kept one laptop for my primary work (with Vista installed) and an olderone when for when I was working out of the office. Now I only need one!

The only thing extra that I had to do is edit the ini file to include my network name and the right APN address (because web.vodafone.de is for Germany whereas I am in Australia).

My settings are:
08 PIN=
09 NET=vodafone AU
10 APN=vfinternet.au
11 CMD1=
12 CMD2=
13 DAY=

For people in other countries, the most up to date list to get your APN address from is:

Cheers Julian.
Julian Moorhouse
Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:41:13 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
Hi, your guide is wonderfull and these are all great news. Unfortunately, I'm having some resources problems. I can't get my merlin working correctly (ie, assining a COM port) because it stays as a malfunctioning device even when vista detects it as a Novatel adapter. The problem seems to be the same as I was having with windows xp: some problems in resources alocation. I had to (on winxp) manually assign the resources to the driver so it could work.

Now on windows I had the same problem but now I can't twek the resources manually. I doesn't assign a correct IRQ number (remains a ? question mark) and whenever I tried to manually type a IRQ it just doesn't work.

Do you think you could enlighten me a bit?
Friday, November 10, 2006 11:25:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Just comment that I needed to do some extra work, since I am working in Spanish version of Vista (build 5744) and device manager always said "Generic multifunction device driver is up-to-date"
So, I installed the software to decompress the file into the temp folder, copy it to another location and cancel the installation.
I updated the driver from the copied folder and it worked nice
Juan - VR
Friday, December 8, 2006 2:30:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
I am affraid this guide will only work for the x86 version of Vista, I am currently running Windows Vista x64 RTM. And neither vodafone nor any other provider seems to have an x64 driver for the merlin out. If in fact I am wrong, please post the driver here, thanks in advance.
B. Braga
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