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Old 04-27-2004, 04:02 AM   #1
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what modem model (56k) are you using?


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Old 04-27-2004, 04:16 AM   #2
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I was using a Swannsmart external 56k modem (an Australian model/manufacturer) until last week when I got ADSL installed My old 56k modem must have lasted me at least 5 years though.

I used to have an internal US robotics modem when I lived in the States. It was a hardware modem (it retailed for $US80, which is how you can tell), and it worked sweet (ie, kernel driver support.)

Any external modem with a serial connection should work fine with Linux. It's only some external USB and most internal modems that don't work. Make sure you have a "hardware" modem and you'll be fine. (I assume that's why you ask)

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Old 04-27-2004, 04:32 AM   #3
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whats a hardware modem? i have an external one but it says bad init string help
 
Old 04-27-2004, 04:34 AM   #4
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huhuhu please help me! i want to get out of my windows shell!
 
Old 04-27-2004, 04:42 AM   #5
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A lot of internal modems have much of their functionality in software under windoze. These are known as winmodems not much use under linux. Drivers for some are available. I always recomend an external modem, all functions in hardware no problem whatever os.
 
Old 04-27-2004, 04:45 AM   #6
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but what about in my case... nobody could help me with my modem problems it says "bad init string" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
 
Old 04-27-2004, 08:31 AM   #7
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Hey sweet*amber,

Can you give us an idea of what sort of model modem you're using? If you know your specific make and model, that'd be a great starting point

Modems have always been a sore point with Linux, so thankfully there's a lot of documentation on the internet about what works and what doesn't. If you can nail down your make/model, let us know and/or google the name at www.google.com/linux

"Bad Init String" sounds like it detects something, but can't talk to it. This is probably good -- the bad news is when your system wont detect the modem

Cheers,
Tim
 
Old 04-27-2004, 07:00 PM   #8
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I couldn't get my winmodem working either. It would detect it but there was no script for it. I have an internal LT winmodem, but while at Goodwill I found a CE 0197X for $5. Mandrake 9.2 had a driver for it. Works for now.
 
  


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