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Whilst I do appreciate that it's worth concentrating on the real problem of getting the modem going, rather than worrying unduly about specifically deleting that one directory, if it turns ...
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    Whilst I do appreciate that it's worth concentrating on the real problem of getting the modem going, rather than worrying unduly about specifically deleting that one directory, if it turns out that the directory does need deleting, here's another idea. It may be worth getting a live CD distribution (I'd recommend DamnSmallLinux), and having another go at deleting while running the live CD, rather than using your installed system. Logically it shouldn't be any easier to do something with root rights in a live CD than it is in the installed distribution, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did work...

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    Nice one Giles ... and why not? It could very well work. I had another thought as well (which is perhaps a little strange) ... is your router/modem/device plugged in while you're trying to delete those directories? If so, it might be worth unplugging it and making sure it's out of the way.

    Theory: the device won't allow you to delete files/directories while it's active. It's probably not the case, but it occured to me and that's how I work. Try to see everything. (I'm assuming that this might be a USB device of the kind given away free by ISPs).
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    Hi everyone. Yeah, it's a speedtouch USB modem, for connecting to Wanadoo broadband.

    Okay here's the situation... That directory has been deleted. I'm not sure how... It's just gone now... Erm yeah... Well um, anyway... I'm still not connected to the internet. http://www.linux-usb.org/SpeedTouch/mandrake/index.html, this is the guide I'm now following, after that last one failed... But some of the steps here have gone a bit over my head. Can any of you guys explain to me in simpler language what he wants me to do from "Install the firmware" onwards?

    EDIT:- Well I went blindly on anyway, and did my best to follow his instructions... It didn't work though. Can anyone help me out at all? Getting Wanadoo on Linux seems to be a common problem... There must be someone out there who knows what I need to do...

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    Sorry for the wait on this - I was trying to come up with a useful answer, but I've failed miserably, so I'm going to ask you a question instead: at what stage on that howto did you first get errors, and what exactly did they say?

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    On a slightly tangential note - ISPs love supplying free USB modems with their accounts, but having read a lot of threads like this one, I wonder if they're worth the grief. For a reasonably small amount of money you could buy a modem/router and connect up via ethernet. The free modem assumes that you're going to have a Windows connection.

    I realise this might not be an option if you're on a tight budget, but it's so much simpler it side-steps the problems associated with trying to get online using a USB modem. Just a suggestion though. You'll learn a lot from doing it your own way.
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