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in mandrake 9.2 and there is a network & internet tab in the Mandrake Control Center. this may help you setup and configure your modem (didn't help me though....some other apps include: wvdial, minicom, and kppp. i havn't used the others but with kppp you can query for your modem on different ports. the console command $ cat /proc/pci will also give you some good information.....look for what's underneath "communication controller" for info on your modem (i'm assuming its a pci modem). you also may want to check out http://www.linmodems.org/ that site helped me to install my LT WinModem. they also describe the differences between the different types of modems.
since we know now that it is indeed a winmodem the madrake control center is no help. buried somewhere in the linmodem site is a link to a "how to" for LT winmodems but in case you can't find it here it is http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert1313/ltmodem.html
since the modem isn't natively supported i don't think you will be able to find it using any of the modem configurators/dialers. the "how to" will tell you how to find out pretty much everything you need to know (if you're patient enough). after you're done with that you can then use wvdial or kppp to query for the modem or dial out....kppp found my modem automatically after i installed the drivers. to run kppp just type " kppp " in the console. if it can't find it you need to install the rpm (look for rpmdrake in your menu...not sure if 8.1 has this same feature as 9.2 but i imagine there would be something similar).
Tinkster - You are right. I do have Red Hat. That is what I normally work with. But right now, for testing purposes, I need to get a Dial up connection going on a machine with Mandrake 8.1 installed.
I went to the website that GrapeApe mentioned and downloaded what I think is a driver for Mandrake. The instructions told me to remove the symbolic link I had created (in error) earlier. In the process I removed the entire directory. (Did I mention I am new to Linux? )
I hope I can just mkdir as root - mkdir /dev/modem And all will be well ?
That's mknod in this case, devices aren't "normal"
directories... I'm not sure which major/minor modes
MDK expects there, though ... ask another MDK
user here what their ls -l modem says, and read
Errh ... but then, on second though, /dev/modem
probably actually just was a link anyway. The *real*
modem devices are called /dev/ttySXX
Originally posted by Tinkster In brief (and technically not necessarily 100% correct):
winMODEMs use the CPU to do the work,
real modems have signal processors
To find out what it is:
In linux, open a terminal, become root
Hmm...now I know why my linux box slows down (much worse, it hangs when I'm connected to the internet. I'm also using an internal winmodem. Does replacing it with an external one dramatically improve my system's performance when I'm connected to the net???