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I have written before (see below) I am trying to get Knoppix to work. My last dilemma is an old Linux story-my modem won't work. I have a hardware modem (USR 56K PCI fax/modem) on Windows ME (Yuk!) Celeron 634 with 256 MB RAM. My knoppix CD sees the modem but stalls at "initializing modem" Would it help if I change the Modem init. strings? Anybody? Please help-I am disabled and need to communicate with the internet. I love LINUX but am afraid I must give it up, if I cannot connect with my ISP (Earthlink)
Do you know if Knoppix actually has the correct driver for your modem in the first place? Getting to the initialising stage with kppp or kinternet does not necessarily mean that you have the right driver and hence you are just a short step away from starting up your modem. (Even my winmodem gets to the initialising stage just with a standard redhat or mandrake linux installation. Even without any modem you will get to the initialising stage).
Why are you using Knoppix? I tried many smaller distros on my notebook and had continual problems with different pieces of hardware. The best results were with RedHat and Mandrake and SuSE.
If you are at the stage of giving up just because you can't get a modem to work, then why are you continuing with Knoppix? To put it bluntly ... try a better distro.
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
Hey, i'm offended. Knoppix is sweet.
Its just debian anyway with that cloop compression,
and a bunch of hardware setup scripts.
I'm sure the person who loves Kim is using knoppix
so they don't have to learn enough to install linux.
I've got a friend right now who is using a customized
knoppix cdrom i gave him to make divx movies on
his laptop. He doesn't know enough to type ls,
but he can click on an application name and
run acidrip. That should make acid_kewpie happy.
Following my trialling and testing period, I am now just sceptical about the 'smaller' distros.
I tried the following on my notebook (my notebook is an IBM X22):
- Vector Linux 3.0
- Corel Linux 1.2
- GNU Darwin beta 2.5
- Connectiva 7.0
- Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1
- Lycoris (Redmond) Build 64
- Slackware 8.1
- Arch Linux 0.3
- Trustix 2.0
They were all painful experiences. Most didn't install due to hardware compatibility problems, otherwise they numerous other problems to configure/resolve.
The following all worked sweetly with only the linmodem requiring some minor tuning.
- Mandrake 9.0
- RedHat 8.0
- SuSE 8.2
So I cant really comment on Knoppix with any 'authority' but if you are having problems with it, then just forget it (unless it is only one or two small problems).