GOT IT !!!!!
Here's a fast review ...
I did a clean install - And incidentally, I checked for modem in dev
ls -l /dev/modem
and the result was "no such file or directory..." After install. Which I thought was curious because I thought the OS would install something there but apparently not.
But I reinstalled the rpm..First though ere are some links that I obtained as a result of linmodems.org...
From LinModems clicked on Lucent modem resources and directed here...
LTModem drivers can be obtained here...
Link to archive packages - older Mandrake
my particular rpm - for my kernel version obtained here..
"ltmodem-kv 2.4.8 26mdk-6.00b7-1.i586.rpm" -
So I executed like this...
rpm -ihvvv ltmodem...rpm
And it installed without error. I thought I was done...but I needed to configure some things..
Configuration docs are available with "8.1_devfs_info.tar.gz" here..
This is very helpful. And I think based upon the steps I followed that my modem is installed and loaded..My instruction file is called "DeviceFileSystem.txt"
Following instructions -
I checked to see if there is an acting Device File System...(but I don't know what this means..) and I saw that there is..
then I checked /etc/modules.conf
and saw alias' for lt_serial, one of which was
alias /dev/modem lt_serial
I've edited the file /etc/devfsd.conf according to these instructions, adding lines for the LTmodem
Listing the loaded modules with lsmod I see that my drivers have been installed AND loaded. This didn't happen before I reintalled my OS. I could only install the drivers but they did not load with the install. That probably was an indication that something was wrong (but how could I know?)
Now I query the symbolic /dev/modem ( expecting not to see anything ) but now I see..
lr-xr-xr-x 1 root root 7 Dec 4 14:02 /dev/modem -> tts/LT0
And according to my instructions that is what I should see. But I didn't see that either before I did a reinstall. So I must have messed something up earlier by deleting this directory, but I don't know what.
Also, the icon for /dev/modem that I see in Konqueror appears like the others, as a device, not as a file folder.
Now I feel like I'm installed and loaded and I do
And I query my modem ( at /dev/modem ) and it says
"Modem Ready" !!! And I can see the rest of the Modem query results. .
Now I think I can connect to the Internet.
Post Install docs can also be found here..But I haven't looked at these yet. I don't know what they are - And I don't think I need them.