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Tl Posts:

Posted - 7/23/2006 7:49:26 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I've a newly installed SUSE 10.1 linux OS, which has 2.6 Kernel, and I'm using kde desktop. The machine is AMD Athlon xp2000+/256MB.

Is there any other download source for suitable linux drivers for HSF 56k pci conexant modem apart from linuxant (which only has a product limited to 14kbps available for free download)?

Also, I cannot get the modem (using this test driver) actually to dial out, although it seems to be correctly installed (since kppp>configure>modem>"query modem" produces meaningful results, and only when the pci card is phsyically present). When I go to dial out, the dialler (kppp) starts to initialise the modem, then dies, with no error messages at all.

Where can I get help?

thanks in advance.

Tl Posts:

Posted - 7/26/2006 12:27:44 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  v.Richards Homepage
Doubt you'll find another suitable source for Linux drivers.
In my opinion, the best solution is probably to use a "real" modem --- one that connects via standard serial port (COM port) and doesn't require any drivers. (Such as older USR Courier or Sportster, etc.)
These can probably be found (used) for less than the cost of purchasing Linux drivers for the HSF modem - drivers that probably will present some trouble/problems/issues/hassles....

Aloha! Richard.

Tl Posts:

Posted - 7/26/2006 4:21:46 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Thank you richard.

That is what I have now done, and the machine is now online. After a fortnight on this problem, I finally had several folk tell me more or less the same thing over the last 72 hours. But all the documents I could find seemed to indicate that softmodems can be linuxed, generally speaking.

Without having to say to newbies that "softmodems just don't work" (because evidently they sometimes do), I think there is a simple test to exclude many softmodems. Rather than just checking your winmodem/softmodem under windows (a common enough recommendation) before attempting to use it under linux, one should get the generic chipset drivers for windows, and install the modem with those drivers under windows. If that doesn't work, it is unlikely that the generic linux drivers will work under linux.

I think that might save folk a bit of time, without having to spread negative sentiments about linux. I'm just posting this now for the consideration of anyone who is trying to help another newbie with such a modem.

Again, many thanks for your response.

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