View Full Version : installing modems with linux

07-08-2001, 11:02 PM
I recently purchased a copy of mandrake/linux 8 and i am having trouble installing/configuring my modem.

i am running a dual boot linux/win98 system and the modem does work under win98. i am new to linux and so i am unfamiliar with the hardware installation and configuration process.

any help would be appreciated.


08-08-2001, 01:16 AM
Is it an internal PCI modem less than 3 years old?

If it is then it is a winmodem, which is a piece of crap that uses the CPU to do the work of the modem, and as the name implies the software it uses is generally only available on windows.

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08-08-2001, 01:40 AM
Hi Mark.

I'm certainly not an expert, but I have been using Linux for over a year now. Firstly I tried Red-Hat Linux 6.1, and now have red-Hat Linux 7.0.
I have tried it with various combinations of Windows versions, from 3.1 through 95 and 98.
My modem is just a cheap internal ISA 56K one. ($80.00 about 2 years ago).
I believe some Linux applications require a class 2, or a class 2.0 modem. Mine, however is only a class 1.
But! It works very well with all the internet programs which come with Red-Hat. I couldn't get it to fax though, but I have recently downloaded a fax program called PMfax Lite, and now I can use it as a fax and voice mailbox, but I have yet to get it to transmit faxes easily. (soon, I hope).
setting up a internet connection should only take you a couple of minutes, as long as your Linux dist. has similar PPP programs as mine.
If interested, give me an email, and I may be able to offer some help.

Regards, Richard (ChCh area)

08-08-2001, 12:43 PM
I have what is probably the last isa modem ever made, 56K, and it cost a bit.

Real modems appear to the system as a com port.
Look at your modem manuals and if it is a 'real' modem it'll have a jumper to manually set it as a com port.
If it does then set it and try reinstalling mandrake and let it auto detect.

08-08-2001, 08:48 PM
If it's a real modem, it shouldn't need any configuring. Assuming that your BIOS recognises it as com2, then you should be able to access it directly on /dev/ttyS1.

If it's a soft modem, then you might have some luck if you take a look at http://www.linmodems.org. However, a better option would be to get rid of it. Any external serial modem should work fine for you, but if you want a PCI modem, I think you'll find the US Robotics and IBM models are all real.