I have installed Kanotix 2005-4 (probably the Debian-based distro which is closest to the original - Debian Sid - and arguably the best Debian based live-CD) on a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop. It looks like Kanotix does see my modem as I have the following lines displayed at bootup:
1 [Modem ]: ICH-Modem - Intel 82801CA-ICH3 Modem
Starting SmartLink Modem driver for: modem:1.
Creating /dev/modem symlink, pointing to: /dev/ttySL0
I then used pppconf to configure my connection as I always do, and I started tail -f /var/log/syslog to see what would happen after I did pon name_of_my_connection but there was no connection. Instead, here is what was logged:
Failed (NO DIALTONE)
Connect script failed
The weird thing is that pppconf probed and suggsted /dev/ttyS0 as my modem port. I tried that, but I also entered /dev/ttySL0 and even /dev/modem by hand - to no avail.
Do the messages above indicate that my modem was detected or not?
What am I missing?!
Alternatively - if Kanotix cannot make this modem work - could somebody suggest a decent PCMCIA or USB modem which would not give me headaches and I could use instead?