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A few weeks ago, I got myself a Dell Inspiron 5150, P4 3.06 GB HT, 1GB RAM. I installed WinXP and FC2 and it was a breeze. FC2 detected everything, synaptics, video card (NVidia GeForce FX Go 5200), network, firewire, USB mouse, etc. Even hyperthreading (it detects 2 CPUs) and the battery meter works.
Unfortunately, my modem doesn't work. It works flawlessly on XP but not on linux. When I check my hardware browser, the modem is detected. Even when I do an /sbin/lspci, it's there. Here are the some info:
When I do a scanModem, there are a lot of info there but one noticeable thing is:
An AC'97 modem codec was not detected
A /dev/modem symbolic link is not set.
I already tried installing SmartLink slmodem-2.9.6 and 2.9.7 but to no avail. My modem is already detected but I just simply can't connect. Using wvdial and /dev/ttyS0 as the modem device won't work. It tries to connect but just hangs (no response.... just trying to connect infinitely).
I really would like to get online on my Linux OS. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks jrittvo. I visited the site and used their List Modem Tool. Unluckily, mine wasn't detected therefore I don't have a Conexant modem.
Is there any other driver that I can download? As per my earlier post, my modem was detected (through the Hardware Browser), I just can't make it to work. I used to have a desktop PC and a US Robotics as a modem and I never got a problem. Or maybe I'm missing something?
I have a 5150 also, but I never fussed with the modem for Windows or Linux. These modems are "softmodems". They use the sound card or audio chip, I think, to make the actual sounds, instead of having a full modem chip set. The Intel modem controller you are getting listed is actually your sound chip. I have the same one. But when I run the Windows version of the List Modem tool, it says I have a HSR something-or-other modem with niumbers that are close to some of the ones they support. I'm going to boot into Linux and see what some of the things say.... Be back later.
Then yours is a Broadcom. I know from the drivers on Dell's site that they use both Broadcom and Conexant. And I don't really know that this Conexant in mine is one that Linuxant supports -- I'd try it here but I'm running kernel 2.6.6-1.435 and I think it will be a day or 2 before Linuxant has a version for this newest kernel. I will try it out though when I can and post back here. If it does work, you could maybe contact Dell and find out what would be involved in getting the Conexant version of the mini-PCI moidem card. Or, you could find out what PCMCIA modems are directly supportd by Fedora and get one of those. Or, see what Windows Device Manager says you have (Broadcom model #) and Google it to see if someone has managed to get it working under Linux.
I think your out of luck. I had the same problem on my dell inspiron 8200. Softmodems and Linux just don't mix well yet. Find a computer store and buy an external one if you absolutly need a modem on the laptop. The external modems are all hardware controlled, and thus will work with Linux fine. However, I'm not sure how well an USB external modem works. I'd go with a serial connection external modem.
Thanks MacrossV for the info. I'm still hoping that someone in this forum would be able to help me out without resorting to getting an external modem. But should I really run out of luck.... then I'll get myself one.
Yes, i did get an external modem. It works very nicely. It's a Creative(i think that's the brand) Modem Blaster External v.92. Suse 9.1 Pro found it and configuration ran smootly. It cost me $70 though.