BTOpenworld and ADSL – the news is good… Kind of…

[Note added September 21st, 2002: There is apparently a new driver – version 2.0 – that is available for users of MacOSX. It’s available here. As of this date I haven’t tried it, because I’m too nervous that it’ll bugger up my connection. If you have tried it, let me know how you got on with it via e-mail.]

Firstly an apology to both my regular readers for going on about my problems with BTOpenworld and Alcatel’s SpeedTouch USB ADSL modem. Placing this information online may seem annoying to many of you, but the wonders of the internet and Google mean that if I get it online it will never die and can help people for months to come. That’s one of the other wonderful things about the internet and modern search engines – knowledge can once again become something that is added to by each and every person on the planet co-operatively without fear of it being lost. Or at least that’s the theory…

So to start off with here’s the good news – it seems there is a fix for the 1.6 version of the Alcatel drivers for OSX Check your current version numbers, because if you are using older ones then you’ll have no luck with this fix. The latest versions can be downloaded from from These drivers don’t work in and of themselves, but apparently can be made to work by altering ‘version number format and matching’, whatever that means. You can read the whole fix here: It takes a froggy to tame a frog!!

Now for the bad news. The fix is almost totally incomprehensible to me and looks like it’s likely to remain so for quite a while to come. If anyone can walk me through it, I’ll do whatever it takes to bring you pleasure in your life. In the meantime, the site you need to know about if you’re having any problems with running Alcatel’s ADSL on MacOSX is run by Antonio Strijdom.