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Old 10-17-2003, 03:31 PM   #1
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ISDN & BT Speedway PCI card


I'm really new to Linux and having a bit of a struggle at the moment. I'm desperate to get into it and although I am finding answers, I dont understand the solutions given. The terminology is alien to me at the moment. I appreciate that I can't walk straigt from Windows to Linux in a day and I know I've got a lot to learn, I just need a jump start to get me going.

My main problem at the moment is getting onto the web to find the answers. I can't get my BT Speedway card (FRITZ, I know) to connect. I have to keep on booting back into Windows to get online!!!

I was directed to ISDN4LINUX and told to download two files,
ICN-with-kernel-2.4.x-patch.gz
isdn-workshop.tar.gz
but I've got no idea what to do with them.

Does anyone have a Speedway card running under RH9, and if so would you be willing to share the knowledge with me in a basic format?

Alternatively, could anyone suggest an ISDN card that does work under RH9?

Any help would be grately appreciated.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 03:23 PM   #2
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I'm getting closer but every time I try to execute (or whatever) the patch, I get a message saying something about a problem at line 4?

(Should have written it down before I booted back into Windows to check the forum.... Oops.)

Would really appreciate any thoughts or comments though...
 
Old 10-23-2003, 07:53 AM   #3
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I've now downloaded ISDN4LINUX set of tools and utils in RPM format. These seem to install OK but tell me that my current setup already has this installed?

Does anyone have any ideas why, if I have the correct tools, I cant use my card to connect? Perhaps someone knows of an ISDN card supported under RH9?
 
Old 10-23-2003, 07:21 PM   #4
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I do not have ISDN so I may not be able to answer correctly. I guess you are new in linux. I could not reply in your another post because my ISP messed up when I want to post the reply.

1. Read it, you should know you don't need isdn4linux.
http://www.muc.de/~hm/linux/linux-isdn.html

2. Remember linux/unix are all about commands. I do not recommend any GUI installation or clicking in your file manager. So don't click rpm, tar.gz in the file manager.

3. You should get a knoppix CD (Someone already tell you in another post).
- In that CD you would see a ISDN configuration. Use it. I don't know how to dialout tho.
- With the knoppix CD. Type: cat /etc/fstab
also: cat /proc/mounts
(go back to redhat, edit /etc/fstab and you should be able to solve your NTFS mounting problems. Note that you can only mount NTFS as read only. If you need data exchange, try to format another FAT32 / get extra HDD or use linux compatible USB stick)


OK.
well.... this is what I guess.
You are in trouble because of your cluelessness and you had bad luck in google. I think the so called btspeedway pci ISDN card --> AVM Fritz! PCI card. That mean it is already supported. The problem is probably.........you don't know how to dailout with ISDN.

(It took me, another noob, 45 minutes to give you some hints which may or may not be helpful. Hope it work.....)

Last edited by codec; 10-23-2003 at 07:24 PM.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 01:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for that. I'm about 550mb way through the Knoppix download at the moment. I've got a Morphix CD from My manager at work today so I'll give that a whirl too.

There's clearly a lot to learn here but I've made a positive decision to keep at it. I had a bit of a downer the other night as nothing seemed to be going my way and I don't know how to do anything (coming from a Windows workstation and Novell server background) as it's all new.

I'm hopefull that the Knoppix or Morphix CD's will shed some light. I ran Morphix on my Laptop today and was amazed! I was online in under 30 seconds!

But I accept your points. Indeed I am trying to do everything from the GUI at the moment. The whole command thing shouldn't be Alien to me as Novell servers didn't have GUI 'till recent years, even now I prefer the console for most stuff!

For now, I'll probably re-format my second partition to FAT32, Read only would be a pain anyway. That's a good idea.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 05:51 PM   #6
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Well, in the last 5 hours, a lot has changed. Knoppix download completed, I've re-formatted my partition to FAT32 and cut my Knoppix CD.

5 Minutes ago I booted off the CD and now I'm typing this post from Mozilla Browser. My Speedway card works, I can see my second partition. Happy days. Hopefully I can learn some stuff and configure my RH system to work now.

Thanks to all who reccomended this Knoppix idea.
 
Old 10-25-2003, 07:14 PM   #7
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good job

It has some good references (see top 10 links):
http://www.linuxbeginner.org/

lots of useful things:
http://www.die.net/doc/

linux command index::
http://www.onlamp.com/linux/cmd/

freebsd handbook (Unix and Linux are similar):
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...ooks/handbook/
 
Old 10-26-2003, 04:29 AM   #8
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Thanks

The daft thing is that I now have all the settings from Knoppix (Slightly different to the way RH detected the hardware). I have booted RH and corrected the settings (to the best of my limited knowledge) But I stilll can't connect!

Not sure what i'm missing yet.

Not given up yet though........
 
Old 11-11-2003, 03:13 PM   #9
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THE ANSWER......! From a struggling Newbie, hope this helps others.....

Right. Here's how to get a BT SPEEDWAY card to work under RH9...

First, make sure that you have set up an ISDN connection and that the card is set as:
AVM PCI (Fritz! PCI)

Next, browse to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ and edit the file called:
ifcfg-ISDN0
There is a line which is set to the value : ISDN0. Change this value to IPPP0

At this point, I restarted the machine and logged back in - not sure if you need to though.

You should now be able to activate the ISDN connection. Well, it worked for me!

(All the above was done logged is as root - again, not sure if this is relevant)
 
Old 11-11-2003, 08:37 PM   #10
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