Is there any linux distros out there that will setup a 536ep modem automatically?
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Man, I can only offer empathy. Have the same modem. Actually two of the beasts. I switched to cable myself (after getting another external modem, dialup problems solved of course but couldn't stand the 56k speed anymore)
But I would like to give one of my older computers to a friend and set them up in linux. They use dialup and don't want to spend on an external and I have these two *inmodems here that are supposedly supported but I ran into the same problem as yourself compiling driver, in several different flavors of debian linux.
I can tell that Lindows/linspire did recognize the winmodem though would poof out after connecting. Mandrake, SUSE, and Fedora were a nogo.
I used to have the same problem as you, up until 2 weeks ago. I tried Mandrake, SuSE, and Ubuntu without success. I have an internal Intel 536EP modem.
This was the situation - until I tried Xandros 3.0 Open Circulation Edition. Not only did it automatically detect my modem, but it also had the drivers installed. All I had to do was configure my ISP settings with the supplied Connection Wizard and off I was!
I very much like Xandros, as it offers ease of use, you can easily set up things and install programs without having to resort to the command line too much. I have now upgraded to the full edition.
Distribution: What's the point of this? I keep on trying new distros...
I have been thinking about Xandros O.C. Version 3 for a long time when i heard that it can look and feel like Windows. (My mother is very fussy when switching over to Linux because of it's complications... Now she doesn't have to.)
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
I have tried suze 9.2 Pro by curiosity. The intel 536ep was detected
(the intel non-open driver is included as rpm with the distro).
It nearly qualifies as automatic install, but for the fact that a message
says "manual install for modem needed" or the like.
In fact the only needed operation is to insmod the module Intel536.ko
(strangely the default install did not install updatedb and find
so you have to use konqueror, for example, to find where Intel536.ko is)
Is anyone of you, who have the intel 536ep modem going try and get the "Modem on Hold" feature working?
This is stated in the Intel Readme that it is present in the driver.
I can not do with out this feature and it is one of the reasons, I am unable to seriously start using any type of Linux.
Below is a quote from the intel readme
10. What's v92 and v44?
a. modem on hold: (ISP and your ISP dialer must also support this)
This will allow you to pause your ppp connection to answer an incoming
call. You will need call waiting, dialer, and ISP support for this to
work. When you are done with the call you can resume your ppp connection
without having to reconnect. The AT command set for this feature exist
in the driver.