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I rebooted the modem and I've tried much of this with a USRobotics 56k in case the Zoom is bad.
(Though I'm a newbie) what's odd to me is that wvdial sees the modem for a moment (as the modem blinks) but wvdialconf doesn't see it.
Maybe change distros or start over on a different machine ;->
Thanks for your help so far. Any ideas always appreciated.
You can debug this problem a lot easier using minicom. Install minicom and then try to communicate with the modem. The first test is to send ATZ to every device /dev/ttyS0 through /dev/ttyS7 and see which responds with OK.