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Old 08-10-2002, 10:59 AM   #1
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Greenhorn having PCI modem problems


I'm new to Linux. Green. The most experience I've had coding is making a custom litestep shell on Windows.

After installing MDK 8.2 with Gnome, my soundcard (SB Live! Value) would not work. Nor did the system recognise the Cd Burner. I reinstalled with KDE and now both seem to be working. I realise it must be just the startup services that differ, but I need to figure that out slowly over time, and later customise this further. That's more or less Phase II, after I get all my hardware working. I'll be bugging you guys a little more then. I plan to finally run with IceWM as I'm a minimalist at heart and I don't like KDE all that much.

My problem is with my modem. It's a SM56 PCI modem by Motorola. It does have a Linux driver, meant for RH 7.1 with Kernel 2.2. I figured it would work with my install. It didn't. I tried it on RH 7.2. No go. The software installs fine, MDK also installs the dependent packages, but the modem refuses to respond at the connection configuration screen.

I tried to handcode it but I kept running into this mysterious thing called 'setserial' and 'serial.conf' files, which I can't find, these are repeatedly referenced in the Mode how-tos.

Will my modem work with MDK 8.2 or do I absolutely have to buy a (shudder) external modem? I know that some internal modems do work with Linux, how can I figure out if what I'm buying is Linux - capable or not? I went to the Linmodems FAQ but couldn't get a definitive answer.

Another thing. Is there any way to activate the HLT command in Linux to 'soft-cool' the CPU like Vcool does in Winblows? I thought it would be possible, and I'm running very hot indeed. It's not pleasant. The CPU is heating to full load temperature quickly.

Help a newbie. Please. I'm typing and sending this from windows. I will still need to keep my Win installs as my audio work gets done here, and there aren't any multitracking and loop-based audio software for Linux that I know of, nor does Need for Speed run on Linux, but I'd like to know more about this OS but I can't keep switching back to Windows every time I have a question.



OK I just saw a couple of solutions in search. One question though, how do you recompile a kernel? What does it really mean anyway and how does one do it?


Last edited by sangram; 08-10-2002 at 11:15 AM.
Old 08-10-2002, 11:37 AM   #2
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This is what happens:

[sang@localhost sang]$ su
[root@localhost sang]# cd
[root@localhost root]# depmod -a
depmod: *** Unresolved symbols in /lib/modules/2.4.18-6mdk/kernel/drivers/char/sm56.o
[root@localhost root]# ln -sf /dev/ttyE0 /dev/modem
[root@localhost root]# mknod /dev/motomem c 28 0
mknod: `/dev/motomem': File exists
[root@localhost root]#
[root@localhost root]#
[root@localhost root]#

There are about fifty 'Kernel bug a %s %d messages when ry to look at the sm56.o file in the binary editor.


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