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Huawei E220 driver for Windows 7

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  • I have a laptop running Windows Home Premium, and I cannot get my Huawei E220 to work, as the drivers seem to be missing.  I cannot do an update driver, as the laptop cannot connect to the internet, as the Huawei is the modem to connect through.  Where can I download the drivers for Huawei E220 for Win 7 onto another PC and transfer to my laptop via a memory stick

    Saturday, January 16, 2010 9:00 AM

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  • Forget that modem, its way past its prime designed for windows 2000 and XP but if you're the techie type and like pain and misery ;)  then try this

    Work-Around: You need another PC/Laptop and a USB Pen/Key Drive to do this:
    1) Connect the E220 to your XP PC/Laptop
    2) access the emulated CD Drive and copy all the Contents onto a USB Pen Drive.
    3) Disconnect the E220 and the Pen Drive
    4) Connect the Pen Drive to your Vista PC and install the software using the Autorun.exe file (Run as Administrator)
    5) Connect the E220 - Vista will only recognize a USB Mass Storage Device and the emulated CD drive which it cannot access.
    6) Open the Device Manager (in the Control Panel)
    7) Look for the USB Mass Storage Device in the "Universal Serial Bus controllers" Section

    If there are more than one USB Mass Storage Devices, right click each one,
    select Properties, Details and then "Children"
    If it says "Huawei" somewhere inside the Value, you found the right one.

    8) Right click on the Mass Storage Device and select "Update Driver Software"
    9) Select "Browse my Computer"
    10) Select "Let me pick"
    11) Uncheck "Show compatible devices"
    12) Select "(Generic USB Host Controller)" in the Manufacturer Tab
    13) Select "USB Composite Device" in the Model Tab
    14) Finish installing the Composite Device driver
    15) Afterwards, Vista will add another USB Mass Storage Device, and if you are lucky, also 2 "Data Interfaces"
    16) If it doesn''t detect the Data Interfaces, disconnect and reconnect your E220.
    17) Vista should now detect all the E220s Data Interfaces
    18) When asked to insert the disk containing the drivers, choose "I don''t have the disk"
    19) Enter the \Drivers\WinXP Subfolder of your USB Pen Drive
    20) Repeat Step 18&19 for the second Data Interface
    21) Start your Huawei Mobile Connect (Web''n''Walk Manager) Software, and connect :)
     
     
    Now notice they are talking about how to install it in Vista (and this device is a 32bit, if you installed 64bit you're out of luck), so you'll need to install this driver in XP compatibility mode http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprohardware/thread/80cae5ee-dc98-4a2f-8284-a1ab826059b7  but do yourself a favor and actually buy something thats Windows 7 compatible. You can only use the CPR paddles for so long before its time to bury it. ;)


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    • Edited by cdobbs Sunday, January 17, 2010 2:37 PM
    Saturday, January 16, 2010 9:27 AM
  • Hi cdobbs, Thanks for the feedback. I've followed the instructions meticulously and I'm still not getting any joy. I've attempted this on two E220's. Additionally, I've also tried connecting with a Huawei K3715, which is a more recent model. In all cases I receive a Code 31 error. In the device manager it confirms that all items are working correctly, except the MODEM type. I.e. USB Srorage Device, 3G PC UI interface (on COM5), are all working correctly, however the Modem has a yellow explanation mark over it and when you click on properties, it describes the Code 31 error - Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device (same happens on the K3715). What else can I try, as I've spent a fortune on the laptop as a gift for my wife yet it is practically useless without connectivity. Going out and buying a new modem is also not an option - our exchange rate makes them prohibitively expensive, therefore we wait for our free hardware upgrades, and that's what we have at the moment. Regards, Norwin
    Sunday, January 17, 2010 2:27 PM
  • You're leaving out critical information. What type of the operating system are you running? 32bit or 64bit, as I said, if its 64bit then this won't do you any good. Did you attempt those instructions (which you said you did) but did the install in XP compatibility mode (just checking)

    reposting those instructions in a larger type so it'll be easier to read

    Work-Around: You need another PC/Laptop and a USB Pen/Key Drive to do this:
    1) Connect the E220 to your XP PC/Laptop
    2) access the emulated CD Drive and copy all the Contents onto a USB Pen Drive.
    3) Disconnect the E220 and the Pen Drive
    4) Connect the Pen Drive to your Vista PC and install the software using the Autorun.exe file (Run as Administrator)
    5) Connect the E220 - Vista will only recognize a USB Mass Storage Device and the emulated CD drive which it cannot access.
    6) Open the Device Manager (in the Control Panel)
    7) Look for the USB Mass Storage Device in the "Universal Serial Bus controllers" Section

    If there are more than one USB Mass Storage Devices, right click each one,
    select Properties, Details and then "Children"
    If it says "Huawei" somewhere inside the Value, you found the right one.

    8) Right click on the Mass Storage Device and select "Update Driver Software"
    9) Select "Browse my Computer"
    10) Select "Let me pick"
    11) Uncheck "Show compatible devices"
    12) Select "(Generic USB Host Controller)" in the Manufacturer Tab
    13) Select "USB Composite Device" in the Model Tab
    14) Finish installing the Composite Device driver
    15) Afterwards, Vista will add another USB Mass Storage Device, and if you are lucky, also 2 "Data Interfaces"
    16) If it doesn''t detect the Data Interfaces, disconnect and reconnect your E220.
    17) Vista should now detect all the E220s Data Interfaces
    18) When asked to insert the disk containing the drivers, choose "I don''t have the disk"
    19) Enter the \Drivers\WinXP Subfolder of your USB Pen Drive
    20) Repeat Step 18&19 for the second Data Interface
    21) Start your Huawei Mobile Connect (Web''n''Walk Manager) Software, and connect :)
     

    Sunday, January 17, 2010 2:37 PM
  • Hi,

    I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.  What I find amusing is that all the modems did work, and now they've stopped working?!

    Thanks,
    Norwin
    Monday, January 18, 2010 5:50 AM
  • Here is the updated driver - http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/doc/list.do?type=-1&id=736 -  (top download)

    Copy the contents of the download from your USB drive to c:\modemdriver (or whatever you want to name the folder)

    Then follow steps outlined previously (8 - 20) - Ensure that when it asks you for the disk that contains the driver to point it to c:\modemdriver folder

    Hope that helps.
    Monday, January 18, 2010 7:15 AM
  • Hi,

    I've tried all of the above, on all three modems, with no success.  I've used the software from Huawei, as per your link, as well as Web 'n Walk, especially the 64 bit intergrator from T-Mobile, to no avail.  I've tried all the 64 bit drivers I can lay my hands on using above instructions, and still no joy.  Incidentally, I tried connecting a Sony Ericson phone as well, as a tethered modem, and I received the same message (Code 31) for its driver.  The only connection I've managed to get working is my wife's Curve Blackberry, through the BB Desktop manager.  Unfortuatnely this is slow (as its not 3G), and expensive, as its a talk and not data package.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks,
    Norwin

    Monday, January 18, 2010 10:17 PM
  • Hi Norwin,

     

    Code 31 means Windows cannot load the driver. For more information, please refer to this TechNet article: Code 31: This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device

     

    Based on the current information, it is recommended contacting the hardware manufacturer directly and let them help to upgrade the driver and firmware.

     

    Thank you very much for your understanding.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Friday, January 22, 2010 2:09 AM
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:52 AM
  • Hi,

    I have found a very nice download which might help all of you :http://forum-hk.huawei.com/jive4/thread.jspa?threadID=330350&tstart=0&orderStr=9 . I downloaded the driver software, installed, and all working fine. 

    Hope it helps.
     
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:23 PM
  • your instructions work and there is a 64 bit driver for this device available on the t-mobile uk site its classed as 
    Web'n'walk USB
     

    http://support.t-mobile.co.uk/help-and-support/index?page=support&cat=WEBNWALK_USB&tab=0&id=GP186
    • Proposed as answer by Chris4031 Monday, August 09, 2010 4:28 AM
    Saturday, August 07, 2010 4:00 PM
  • This driver is not for windows 7, 64bit OS 

    I do not think any Huawei mobile modems

    are Windows 7, 64bit OS compliant !!!

     

    Monday, August 09, 2010 4:29 AM
  • You still need a 32 bit Windows XP machine to run the firmware updater.

    Phone shop may be able to do this for you.

    I am in the same situation not having Windows XP to update modem.

    I have had the trusty E220 since 12" iBook G3 OSX10.2.

    Works in OSX10.6, but not BOOTCAMP. Other option is VMWare Fusion and use virtual network for Windows 7.

    New firmware including driver images should work on 64-bit.

    For example Vodafone has:

    http://www.business.vodafone.com/site/bus/public/enuk/support/10_productsupport/general/microsoft/vista/30_modem/p_modem.jsp

    DO NOT APPLY THIS UPDATE. IT DOES NOT WORK IN XP AND BRICKS THE DEVICE.

    Saturday, October 23, 2010 5:00 AM
  • Hi Norwin 

    I am having the exact same problem as you, both my 3g modems has stopped working on my 64bit machine (windows 7). 

    Did you ever find a fix for this problem? I have been struggling for 2 weeks now. I updated firmware, using the most recent software, and used various drivers for the modem. It is very strange that it suddenly stopped working (it is working fine on other pc's). please help!

    Regards

     

    Monday, February 14, 2011 5:12 PM
  • found the solution after 2 weeks!!!!

    1. Go to start menu
    2. Run ‘regedit’
    3. Open this key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\
    {4D36E96D-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    4. In this key, find the “Installer32” string.
    5. If the Microsoft Registration Key is missing, the key has to be added manually.
    6. Create a “string” value named “Installer32”, and set it to “mdminst.dll,ClassInstall32”
    5. Save the ‘regedit’
    6. Open the device manage
    7. Find the modem with problem; update the modem driver again by reinstalling VMC 9.4.4

    http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Mobile-Broadband/K3565-Modem-amp-Windows-7/m-p/348648


    • Proposed as answer by Sarashvi Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:23 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Sarashvi Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:23 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Nigiro Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:07 PM
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:26 AM
  • Pl download all win7 drivers from following link :

     

    http://www.fzdownloads.com/download2.php?name=333010&userID=0&userno=0&action=1

     

    They install and are working. Both for 64 & 86 versions of win7

    Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:41 PM
  • Download all drivers for Windows 7 both 86 & 64 from following links. All files installing & working OK

    http://www.fzdownloads.com/download2.php?name=333010&userID=0&userno=0&action=1

     

    http://forum-hk.huawei.com/jive4/thread.jspa?threadID=330350&tstart=0&orderStr=9 (older drivers also given in one reply above)

     

    Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:45 PM
  • After long troubleshooting with Huawei E220 on Windows XP, I found that this unit has an issue with Microsoft .NET Farmework 2.0.

    Huawei E220 runs on Microsoft .NET framework 2.0. (you will get also problems with Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 service pack 1)

    It can work perfect with version 2.0 but once you will update Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 things start to go wrong. PC is freezing, slow etc.

    To solve that issue I suggest to do the following:

    1. make a restore point and restart your PC.

    2. uninstall all Microsoft .NET framework versions Via control panel -> add/remove programs and restart your PC.

    3. Uninstall Huawei E220.

    4 restart PC

    5. delete all Vodafone or Huawei folders left in c:/document settings/  subfoders and in c:/Program files folder as well.

    6. Insert your Huawei E220 installation CD and start fresh installation. (don't plug the unit yet and wait until it ask you)

    7. Press yes if it will ask you to install Microsoft .NET framework 2.0. The installation CD will do it.

    8. Finish the installation and restart you PC.

    9. Double click on Vodafone icon and follow the instruction (In this stage you will need to plug the modem)

    Good Luck

     



    Saturday, June 04, 2011 8:40 AM
  • Hi guys,

    In my case, I was having issues on Win7 (64bit) with Tata Photon Huawei EC1261. But the culprit was the "VMWare USB Arbitration Service", which was conflicting with the Driver installation.

    Once I disabled this Service, the Modem worked like anything, and issue resolved.

    thanks

    Avinash

    Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:01 AM
  • this is the best soultion for Huwai modem , I tried it for E270 and it Worked. Earlier it was a USB Mass Storage Device and I made it to USB Composite Device as given in the steps above. i have windows 7 64 bit installed.

    Friday, May 25, 2012 12:06 PM