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Old 07-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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dell dimension 2400

hardware lists as-->
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 01)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporat82801DB (ICH4) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
01:05.0 Modem: Broadcom Corporation BCM4212 v.90 56k modem (rev 02)
01:09.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01)
ion 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation

software --> slackware 12.2 with KDE 3.5
ok so linux says it sees all my hardware and it is all correct and that is the basic stuff the dell dimension 2400 has

lets start wtih the modem i cant get it to work or for anything to see it. kppp clames no modem installed at all?

sound isnt ran threw my sound card, sounds like crap in a pipe.

video lags out and freezes and i get a frozen plaid looking thing and dosnt use graphics card onboard ram.

i must admit im kinda new to linux i know my way around it
and can use it but basicly still a nub at it.

is it just a config file i need to edit tell me were. i cant find.
if its something i have to add to dev tree tell me how to add.

give me something plz!!! any help anyone!!
Old 07-21-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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I did some research on your modem here is a link to a driver that,s from dell.
maybe you can get it to work. here is a source driver fom dell
also. if you google broadcom 4212 there are a few sights with info on how maybe to get your modem to work. may have to do some compiling and install sl-modem. your best bet is to get an externel controller modem that connects to your serial port.

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Welcome to LQ!

You need to configure the system from the cli and not depend on KDE tools.

It's been a while for me to configure a serial modem. I would first check to see that proper drivers for the modem are installed. You could do a search here on LQ for modem setup.

For the sound you could run 'alsamixer' to set your sound settings. Then do a 'alsactl store' to save the configuration.

How do you have you 'X' configured for the video?

You can look at 'SlackwareŽ Essentials' and 'SlackwareŽ Basics' which are good books to reference for problems or solutions to other possible problems.

Just few more links;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
Getting Started with Linux

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!

BTW, Please post your long data lists within the vbcode tags # or Quote.
Old 07-23-2009, 01:56 PM   #4
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yep thats the same modem driver that is already installed as noted in first post and yet modem dosnt work
is there a walk threw that goes from step 1 to finish on anything
or just hog pog of suggestions that lead to alot of reading thory and
no ware fast.
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Sometimes, depending on the subject of a thread, there will be a hodge-podge of suggestions as to how to fix whatever it is the thread is about. Sometimes none of the hodge-podge is of value in fixing the issue, and other times, it's all valuable.
Either way, getting a linux OS configured and working 100% the way you like it to can take a LONG time, and a lot of headaches, but if a person is not willing to read a lot, research for themselves, and TRY to make things work, then having people volunteer what they believe to be helpful information will not help, whether the information os actually helpful or not.

Virtually EVERY packaged driver out there, either source or compiled, contains some form of documentation, either as a simple README file, or a full set of docs. This is always the first thing to read. If there are docs of any sort included with the driver you got for the modem, read them all, and understand them. If there are parts you don't understand, or commands that don't work as expected, then ask for help. This sort of documentation is what you can call your 'walk through'.

Some hardware out there just won't work with Linux. Period. One fine example of this phenomenon is with dial-up modems, especially on-board 'WinModems'. But for all the hardware that *can* work, there are varying degrees of reading, headaches (or not), and success.

I can tell by looking at your lspci output, that everything on that machine will work, the sole exception being the Broadcom items, which I don't know either way about. KPPP (I use that) is only useful once your driver is installed and if needed, a symlink has been created pointing to the newly created /dev item associated with the modem.

My old motherboard had the same i845 chipset as you have, only I had no onboard VGA and a different brand of modem/NIC. The suggestion above by Onebuck worked for the AC97 sound on my old board-- simply configure the mixer, unmute the master and PCM and turn up some volumes, and save the settings.

For video, you're probably using some sort of default driver, a VESA driver, or maybe even Mesa-3D, I don't know, but there are Intel video drivers out there. Please tell us what driver you are using for video; you can find this in the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf on the 'Driver' line. Then someone may tell you what would be the best driver to use, though surely Google will also have this information.

Best of success,

PS - However the video driver angle works out, don't expect any fireworks from an onboard i845 video card-- it's a decent device, but not mind-blowing by any stretch.

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:55 PM   #6
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the driver package from dell is for redhat distro, looks like you will have to recompile the driver to get it to work. don't know if it works, but here is a howto. there is no easy way to get modem working.
Old 07-24-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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just using generic vesa driver for video
and arts for sound
try to use together, listen to music and run gui, and they lock up everything.

i saw linmodems when looking for why cant get modem to work
it said compile install and would be in /dev/ and kppp would
recognize it right away with out any work

only trick i think is found a blacklist on drivers liked to
modules files and all 3 hardware im trying to do drivers
and get to work are listed on it. tryed to remove just one
and screwed everything up had to use live disk just to get back and re blacklist it.


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