I just installed Mandrake Linux 9 on a laptop. The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3800 and has an internal Actiontec 56K modem. As stated in subject when i goto connect it stops at "Initializing Modem" and just stays there.
In kppp the modem query passes. It doesn't seem to get to even attempt a connection because regardless of whether a phone line is plugged in or not it still does the Modem Ready and then goes right to Initializing Modem.
I followed the How to at Mandrakes site and the only troubleshooting I initially found mentioned Winmodem but pretty much said I would get some kind of error if that was the case, I also read this on a google search.
I am sure it has something to do with the modem (perhaps it is indeed a winmodem) because I borrowed a PCMCIA Zoom modem and it works fine. I want to get my internal modem to work. Is there a way to do so? The link continually referenced in google search on Winmodems and Linux is a dead link.
Any advice would be appreciated.
After posting this I did some more research, so far the only thing I came accross regarded PCI so I don't know if following the instructions will apply but I did notice this: Linux seems to recognize the modem. I typed cat /proc/pci and it it lists 2 things at that IRQ on which the internal modem is:
Multimedia controller: ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator (rev 16).
Communication controller: ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Modem Accelerator (rev 16).
So to me it looks as if it is identified. According to the instructions it should have kicked out an Unknow vendor/unknown device error.
Sooooo that is where I am, perhaps I am way off base but I am just looking for help and trying things myself in the meantime. I would take it that this person's instructional would not work since as I said the device was identified.
Here is the link:
Thanks again, I really want to get using Linux.