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Old 02-13-2002, 04:57 AM   #1
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Which modem should I get


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?
 
Old 02-13-2002, 09:32 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 02-13-2002, 09:36 AM   #3
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I've used the Best Data modem.. works well in Linux and Windows.. it was actually easier to configure in Linux than Windows.. go figure..
 
Old 02-13-2002, 09:37 AM   #4
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external best way to go?

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.
 
Old 02-14-2002, 11:32 AM   #5
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Annehoog,
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.
 
Old 02-15-2002, 02:40 AM   #6
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e-tech hardware modem

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?
 
Old 02-15-2002, 07:10 PM   #7
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After you get bored with the redhat and mandrake GUI config tools get slack and have some real fun
 
Old 02-18-2002, 02:18 AM   #8
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After you get bored with the redhat and mandrake GUI config tools get slack and have some real fun
I'm sensing this is turning in to yet an other round between the distros. Can't say I'm not to blame for starting it though.
 
Old 02-18-2002, 02:59 AM   #9
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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.
 
  


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