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I have a USRobotics 56K V90 PCI Internal Performance modem, Product # 3CP5610. In Windows98SE, for some reason, it is installed on Com5. Don't know why, but DOS does some fancy footwork to make Windows think the modem is on Com4, and it works. Anyway, I am unable to get the modem working in Red Hat Linux (V7.0). Where do I start?
I spent weeks trying several suggestions and following directions found on other pages. None worked until I upgraded my kernel to 2.4.1. (I was running 2.2.something before). Then the system was able to detect the modem and it's worked fine since. But even compiling the kernel took some work to get it right.
1.Make sure you have networking support selected when you build create your kernel during the make config step.
2. When you compile your kernel, make sure you use kgcc (egcs) as your compiler instead of gcc, since gcc with RH7 is broken. In the Makefile for your kernel, on the line HOSTCC = gcc change it to read HOSTCC = kgcc and save your Makefile. Make sure you have the correct version of kgcc (egcs), which for RH7 is 1.1.2. You can check it with egcs --version.
I have done the same as you: Searched the net for some authoritative source that could tell me how to make my modem work. Nothing I have tried has been successful.
I even bought a huge book that I continue to read.
You mention upgrading to Kernel 2.4. I went to an ftp mirror site to download V2.4 of the Kernel and found out that it was going to take 12 days, 19 hours (56k modem)...not possible. How did you get V2.4? Possibly some super fast broadband source? Or did you order a CD from somewhere?
Nope, nothing too crazy, since I'm limited to the modem.
I downloaded the kernel using windows and a program called "Download Accelerator", which you can find as freeware at Downloads.com or Tucows. It's a nice program that opens up 4 simultaneous paths and downloads different portions of the kernel. When it's done it pieces the parts together and everything works fine.
Still took just under four hours to download it on my machine. Do it late at night when most people aren't using your ISP.
I retried downloading the Kernel from http://linux.tucows.com (downloaded the bz2, compressed, version, I think). The download took a little under two hours. I now have it on my fat32 (windows) C drive and am going to try to access it per your suggestions. Will post more later.