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Old 08-09-2004, 02:13 PM   #1
Michael John
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Modems for Newbies


Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced modem thats guaranteed to work with Linux. I've tried reconfiguring my Lucent Winmodem but got hopelessly
lost. I tried a Motorola but that didn't work either.
I use Mandrake 10.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 02:24 PM   #2
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i use a zoom serial port modem, 40 bucks at staples...works right outta the box. i've used it with red hat, suse, slackware, knoppix...never had a problem.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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hi Michael John, welcome to lq. external serial modems seem to be the best bet, but, anything on this list that is not too much of a pain should do.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/index.php?cat=121

good luck.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 02:47 PM   #4
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hi
it will be more helpfull for us if u could tell us the chipset u r using

if u r using motorola sm56 chipset and 2.4 kernel u can try for driver here

www.sm56.tk
regards
gaurav
 
Old 08-09-2004, 07:04 PM   #5
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Personally, for Dialup
My Intel 537ep modem works fine, and Intel even wrote the drivers
No real dependency issue during driver installation except for the kernel headers. Apart from that, I've never had a problem with it.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 05:22 PM   #6
Michael John
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I'm amazed at the speed with which people have responded to my question.Its given me something to think about. One puzzle, how do I download drivers for a modem that won't connect me to the Internet. Many thanks to all who replied. I'm beginning to see what they mean when they talk about the "Linux Community.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 05:50 PM   #7
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An external serial modem is the best option, hands down. Cost about 20 new.

You could struggle on with building kernel modules for the winmodem, but these will generally only work on the distribution you build them under - you'd need to do 'em again and again. I struggled with winmodems until a pal gave me an external serial one, and every single distro I've installed since has picked it up with no problems at all.

If you're dual-booting with windows, then fire up the other OS and download the files you need. Save 'em to wherever. Then reboot into mandrake and mount the partition to which you saved them, and copy them somewhere useful, like your home directory.

Last edited by mugstar; 08-10-2004 at 05:53 PM.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 06:01 PM   #8
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hi,

yes, go with an external modem that connects to the serial port on your computer (*not* usb!!!) - that way, it's pretty much guaranteed to work.

i faffed around with trying to persuade a pctel 'winmodem' to work, and it was just too much grief! but do make sure that you buy a pukka 'hardware' serial modem.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 11:20 PM   #9
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yes go for external modem

i have too faced problems with internal modem

best is the option to go for external modem

but in my case i have this external modem which is detected in the linux i am using but does not
get connected to the internet(model is D-link DFM 560 es)

another external modem is working fine

regards
 
  


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