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Old 02-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Dialup in Slackware 14.0?


Updating a friend's system from Slackware 13.0 to 14 (yeah, I know, long leap) I've got one little bitty thing left to do: get dial-up working with a Zoom 56K USB Modem, Series 1063, Model 3095.

My fiend does not have (and does not want to pay for) a satellite connection or wi-fi thingy -- both of those pretty much start at $40 and go up from there and I kinda think there's a point made there.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that last time I did this it was plug-'n'-play and KPPP but it's been a few years and I don't remember. Cripes, I've been paying $10 month for a dial-up that I haven't used for three years (duh!), can't find the phone numbers for it, don't remember my login or password for it and have to get on to them tomorrow and cancel the blasted thing. My bad.

Anyway, is there a "better way" that plug-'n'-play (hopefully that will work) and KPPP? I seem to remember that I set networking to loopback and that's pretty much that but the cobwebs are gathering.
 
Old 02-16-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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I have used my Huawei 3G USB modem with Slackware 13.37 and successfully using with KPPP in Slackware 14.0. It's been plug'n play with 14.0 because usb_modswitch and usb_modswitch_data come pre-installed with 14.0 now.
Try it, it's fairly straight forward.

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Our village has been on dialup until we got connected to low-bandwidth DSL in early 2007. At the time, I had an old P-III configured whose sole purpose it was to connect to the internet and then share the connection via IP masquerading. I still shiver in horror when I think of those days.

Anyway, wvdial is your friend, I guess. And now I wonder if NetworkManager can handle dialup. Should be worth looking into.

Good luck,

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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I have vague memories of a utility called pppsetup.
 
Old 02-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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It turns out that there aren't any drivers for the thing included with Slackware and the only ones I can find are http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/dgc/downloads.php. Actually, I remember using these about three or four years ago for this peculiar modem.

lsusb sees it:
Code:
Bus 004 Device 004: ID 0803:3095 Zoom Telephonics, Inc.
and the driver software from Linuxant.com is supposed to support the device, but, compiling it fails with
Code:
cat dgcconfig-buildlog.txt
(cd /lib/modules/3.2.29-smp/build && make "CNXT_KERNELSRC=/lib/modules/3.2.29-smp/build" "M=/usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules" "CC=gcc" clean)
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-3.2.29'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-3.2.29'
rm -rf *.o GPL/*.o *.ko GPL/*.ko *.mod.c GPL/*.mod.c .*.cmd GPL/.*.cmd .tmp_versions .tmp_versions  /lib/modules/3.2.29-smp/build/.tmp_versions/dgcusbdcp.mod Modules.symvers GPL/hda/Modules.symvers Module.symvers GPL/hda/Module.symvers modules.order GPL/hda/modules.order Module.markers GPL/hda/Module.markers
(cd /lib/modules/3.2.29-smp/build && make "CNXT_KERNELSRC=/lib/modules/3.2.29-smp/build" "M=/usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules" "CC=gcc" modules)
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-3.2.29'
  CC [M]  /usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules/mod_dgcusbdcp.o
/usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules/mod_dgcusbdcp.c:263:36: error: 'SPIN_LOCK_UNLOCKED' undeclared here (not in a function)
make[2]: *** [/usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules/mod_dgcusbdcp.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/usr/lib/dgcmodem/modules] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-3.2.29'
make: *** [all] Error 2
At the moment I don't a clue what to do; you know, what the heck is SPIN_LOCK_UNLOCKED all about? Arrgghh!
 
Old 02-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #6
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You might try this article:

http://www.milner.ca/article/analog-modems-for-linuxbsd

After the list of modems (a bit dated now) there is a procedure that works for many modems. Not sure about yours but might be worth a try.
 
Old 02-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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I have that exact same modem. I've only been on satellite now for about 4 months, but was on dial-up (because of my living out in the woods) since 1995.

That modem should work right out of the box on Slackware 14.0. Re-do the setup/installation and when it asks to do the network setup say yes and select loop. It will find it and you should be able to use KPPP from the get-go (after adding all the info and such of course, user name, phone number to dial, password, etc).

I personally have never been able to get wvdial to work for me through the years and KPPP was always easier to mess with if I had to (.conf files, etc).

As I said, I have that exact modem, right now, sitting in front of my face still hooked up to my system, just in case I need to get back on dial-up for whatever reason(s) may pop up.

Last edited by irgunII; 02-16-2013 at 02:26 PM.
 
Old 02-16-2013, 02:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions, but I think I've got it.

A Google search for "linux + zoom + usb modem" turned up a page at http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=105696 from a guy with Mint having exactly the same problem, plus a ZIP file from another guy that goes in the dgcmodem-1.13/modules directory and, via! compiles, installs, links /dev/ttyACMO to /dev/modem and KPPP configures and hooks up (right now to Linuxquestoins.org of all places) -- dang, this thing is slooowwwww.

But it works.

All is well that ends.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 09:40 AM   #9
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Don't forget that minicom is still part of the distro.

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Old 02-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #10
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I wouldn't want be doing a KDE upgrade with that setup! I remember having to inspect the ChangeLog very carefully so that I could decide what files I could download at home on a 56K connection (~74MB was the limit before the ISP automatically cut the connection after 4 hours). I had t pinch bandwidth at work for the rest.
I do not know of anybody who has bitten the bullet and paid to upgrade to a faster connection that has ever gone back.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #11
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To do upgrades you will need another computer with fast internet to download files from and transfer them via usb key
 
Old 02-18-2013, 02:04 PM   #12
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Oh, the "having another computer" is no problem -- livin' in da woods with HughesNet does just fine for me, thank you very much. And upgrades and patches are easy enough to put on stick and install on the peculiar box we're talking about.

This box belong to a friend who refuses to get drug kicking and screaming into the 21st century, uses Juno ($6.95 per month) and dial-up. Won't pay $40+ per for HughesNet, WildBlue, DishNet, Verizon, whatever. There is no cable, wi-fi is pretty iffy (and Verizon are highway robbers and their thingies don't work worth a dang around here anyway).

The box is all up-to-date with Slackware 14.0, KPPP actually does work (as above), and I've got a happy friend who just doesn't care if starting up something and will go to bed and let it run all night if needed. Ain't my cup of tea, but they're pretty good friends.

Thanks to all for the input.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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That's how I did all my downloads that were bigger than 10MB...I started it just before I went to bed. I do remember though, back in '99 or so (or whenever OOo first came out IIRR), I wanted to download OOo - and did! Took almost 2 complete full days, lol. Can't remember the ISP I had, but it was pretty cool they never cut me off. Luckily I wasn't disabled yet and could go out and work and party etc, while it was downloading.
 
Old 02-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #14
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Nor will I go back

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I wouldn't want be doing a KDE upgrade with that setup! I remember having to inspect the ChangeLog very carefully so that I could decide what files I could download at home on a 56K connection (~74MB was the limit before the ISP automatically cut the connection after 4 hours). I had t pinch bandwidth at work for the rest.
I do not know of anybody who has bitten the bullet and paid to upgrade to a faster connection that has ever gone back.
I just recently went to broadband. just before that, I upgraded Slackware 13.37 with slackpkg, and I had to download each package individually so that I wouldn't run into the problem of running out of dial-up time. I ran out of dial-up time once before trying to upgrade and had to install the entire system! Yikes. Going back to dial-up is no longer on my agenda. It's almost not usable any more because of the large size of many files. If all you do is surf and email, it's ok, provided your system is already up to date. What's the deal anyways with cutting your dial-up connection after 4 hours? Most of us would have been willing to pay extra to stay connected but the ISPs are not interested in doing that. In a severe crunch though, dial-up is still an option that I hope remains.
 
  


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