the command line code you share above should be entered where???? in a Konsole window?
Yes, a console window should work. For instance on my machine--
let01@ark:~$ v /dev/modem
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 5 2006-10-31 16:51 /dev/modem -> ttyS1
The first group of letters is the file's permissions..then owner(root),
then group(root),file size(5),date created, and finally that
/dev/modem is a sym link to the port ttyS1.
Where "ttyS1" is the Linux name for com2 in Dos/Windows.
humm.. since you have two modems are you sure the 2973 is the
one being used?
And one other thought..have you used the 2973 under Windows?
(I wouldn't spend much time on this i.e., downloading win
drivers , changing bios etc.), but if you already know, that
would mean the problem is the kppp setup for sure.
The command line function $lspci -v can show what's going on,
or if you prefer a gui approach...in KDE
Main Menu->System->KinfoCenter In KinfoCenter click on PCI
in the list on the left.
For example, I no longer use the motherboard modem that this
box has--but for me at a root shell I get:
root@ark:/#lspci -v | less
02:01.0 Communication controller: Conexant HSF 56k Data/Fax/Voice/Spkp Modem (rev 01)
Subsystem: GVC Corporation Unknown device 0219
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
Memory at ff9f0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
I/O ports at dc00 [size=8]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
Where the "| less" is a better form of the Dos pipe "|more"
and allows you to scroll to the part of the output that's interesting.
Since you have two modems on the bus you should
get info on both.
In the US, a telephone ordinarily transmits the number you dial as
tones to the exchange..you hear the tones when you dial Legacy lines
use a old technology that simulates a rotary phone...when you dial
you hear click click.. for each digit instead of tones. If you have
a legacy line, the codes are entered in the kppp modem setup under
modem commands, but since you are working in windows without having
to deal with this, you almost certainly have a dtmf(dual-tone-multiple-frequency) line.