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As I said in the other thread about the modem that you posted, maybe you should read the modem howto.
In there is a technique used to see if the modem is software or hardware modem. Run "hardrake2" in a terminal as root and when it opens go to options->auto detect modem.
Quit and open it again. From this stage it should detect your modem.
Yes, I got in there, but I wasn't ever able to get kppp to see the modem. Then I discovered that the sound card wouldn't work and bagged the whole thing. I'm getting "Damn Small Linux" to put in my spare machine, sounds like just the ticket. Thanks for your help.