and it seems to be, then another choice, ahem, is to use the existing modem.
1. Follow the above supplied linmodem URL's for information. Also go to linuxant and download the .exe utilitities for windows, assuming your computer has win on it, to find out exactly which type of Conexant modem you have, that is, HCF or HSF.
There is a pdf file there, telling how to use it. "list modem type identification." It tells you how to use "list modem application for windows" available on the same page, look for link. There is also a tool for linux if win is gone for any reason.
If this URL doesn't work, try
and click on the link that says "softmodem drivers for Conexant chips" to work your way to the utilities. This takes you to www.linuxant.com/drivers
The drivers page will have a link "identify your modem chipset" which gives the php page mentioned above for the identifcation executables.
It will also have at the left under hcf or hsf the installation instructions.
2. Then, download the free beta drivers. I got it when it was wide open, and made a CD copy. I think it was for kernel 2.4 and a google shows 8.2 used kernel 2.4.18. Thus look here
for beta drivers. Fear not. Some folks think sincewhen they took open source files and changed the stable versions to propietary, by some magic the open source beta files became propietary also. That is not possible.
I am using one of them, I forget which, on my 2 year old Dell laptop. It was free, and will work as long as I have kernel 2.4 in use. As soon as you get them make a CD, they will work as long as you use kernel 2.4.
By the way, generally I advocate financial support for our linux suppliers. However, I think folks with little money are not obliged to pay when something is legally free, such as the old 2.4 beta drivers.
I did find key crackers listed in a foreign language for the proprietary linux drivers. I am not telling you where to find them, since I think that is illegal.