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I now have a Aztech 56K 3885 modem and allthough Aztech claims to support Linux in the future, I haven't had any sign from them yet on the issue.
So unless anyone can tell me how to configure the modem I have I would like to get a real -hardware- modem.
Any suggestions which one?
Is the E-tech PCI56 AVP any good for example?
My understanding is that any external modem will work. I got a Best Data Modem because it will work with Windoz ME or linux. I believe US Robotics has compatible modems also.
When I bought my Dell computer I didn't realize it had a Winmodem. First they put that irritating windows logo on the keyboard that I hit by mistake sometimes and then they cripple the modem. What next?
When Mandrake 8.2 gets out of beta, I am going Linux.
As I had gathered so far an external modem is indeed the best way to go.
I don't know about the brands you mentioned though, they sound very american to me and I don't know wether they are available in Holland (yes, I'm a Dutch girl :-)) as well.
Why are you waiting for Mandrake? So far I have tried Suse and RH and now I'm sticking with RH b/c it suited me best so far. Allthough I hear Mandrake is pretty good as well at least try some other distro's as well before sticking to just one.
Since I am a newbie, I wanted a common distro that would be as simple as possible. From what I have read Suse and Mandrake are the easiest to install - good at recognizing hardware, etc.
I give the edge to Mandrake because it uses RPM's like Red Hat.
I'm also hoping Staroffice 6.0 will come out soon.
I would rather spend my energy on getting Mandrake to run without problems with only the programs I want rather than try out a lot of distros. I am somewhat familiar with Unix but I am more interested with getting work done than with knowing all the details. I've been using Microsoft since early DOS but I am finally giving up on them. I refuse to buy any more microsoft products.
Back to your original question - any external modem should work fine.
Well, I found myself a affordable E-tech PCI 56AVP modem, a hardware modem with linux support, that should do the trick, I'm installing it this afternoon.
Haldir, your reasons for waiting for Mandrake sound good, allthough I would like to say that RH 7.2 installed without any problems at all and the grub bootloader works like a charm loading windhoze xp and linux without me having to do any manual configuration at all. I would say that's a thumbs up for RH wouldn't you?
I've got nothing against redhat or mandrake, the first linux distro I used was redhat 6, from there I went to mandrake and then slack 8. I like tweaking my software and I've found that slackware is the perfect platform to do it with, apart from installng FLS, which I plan to do as soon as I get a bigger drive.