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Well, I finally upgraded my SiS board to a better one, switched my 550 Mhz AMD processor (that ran at 166) to a 1.8 Ghz Celeron, put in a Radeon video card, and got a new modem. Wow what a difference!
Back to Linux... On the plastic wrapping of the modem I got there was a tag saying "Lucent Venus" and other one saying "Hardware modem - Linux compliant" or something like that. Now I thought all Lucent modems were winmodems, but this very clearly says on the back "Hardware controller-base PCI modem" and "Compatible with Windows 95/98/2002, and UNIX operating systems."
I couldn't find a product number, but it says "Pragmatic" on the front and "Lectron USA" on the back.
I checked in Windows and the modem is in the COM4 port. I tried using pppsetup, but when I typed ppp-go, I get a "Connect script failed." If I go into X, go into KPPP, click setup, device tab, set the modem device to /dev/ttyS3, then click "Query Modem" in the Modem tab, I get "Sorry, the modem is busy."
Do I need to get drivers for this modem? If so, where can I find them and how do I install them correctly?
Ok, I did that, and went back and typed "setserial /dev/ttyS3" to make sure that it changed, but I still get the exact same errors as before ("Connect script failed" for ppp-go and "Sorry, the modem is busy" in KPPP).
Any other ideas? Is it possible that I need a driver?
I had a similar problem with modem detection. Your modem might be under /dev/ttyS4. You should check /etc/sysconfig/hwconf and look up to see if your modem is in the list of devices. If it is, then look up the port. You can link /dev/modem to S4, and in kppp, query the /dev/modem.
p.s. you may need a driver for the modem, but you should check the list of modem drivers already built into linux
When I log on as root and type "cat /dev/ttyS3" I get
"cat: /dev/ttyS3: Input/output Error"
Could this be a problem with syntax? Before when I tried setserial, "setserial /dev/ttyS3" worked but "setserial /dev/ttys3" (with a lowercase 's') gave me the same "/dev/ttys3: Input/output error." I tried "cat /dev/ttyS3" and "cat /dev/ttys3" and both gave me the error.
I don't even have a /etc/sysconfig folder. I am using Slackware 8.1.
Well, after typing that all up, I tried running pppsetup again using /dev/ttyS4, and for the first time I heard the noise of the phone line (because I am online on the other computer ). I think my problem is fixed. I'll post this, then go try to connect on that computer.
One last question, I don't see /dev/ttyS4 on the KPPP list of devices. I think that /dev/modem is going to work, but even if it does, what is the command that I would use to link /dev/ttyS4 to /dev/modem?