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Old 05-04-2003, 11:02 AM   #1
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how do I make my laptop's modem work?

I have a Toshiba Satellite 1805-S203 laptop with an internal 56K modem. I don't know the specs of the modem - but I think it is made by Conexant. When I run RedHat's Internet Config Wizard it doesn't find any modems on the system. I have an ethernet card in the PC Card slot, and successfully configured it with that wizard. That's what I use for most of my internet surfing. I need to get the modem working too. I can't remember what serial port it was on under Windows, unfortunately.

Why doesn't the configurator see the modem?
Old 05-04-2003, 04:30 PM   #2
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'coz it might be a winmodem. check out ''
Old 05-04-2003, 04:39 PM   #3
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is a win modem, save yourself some grief, get a pcmcia modem and slide it in right below your ethernet card.
Old 05-04-2003, 05:34 PM   #4
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it is not a big problem i just installed a rpm package and know mine is working
Old 05-04-2003, 10:18 PM   #5
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Winmodems aren't that difficult to get working - take a look at for some Lucent drivers (rpms, debs and source), as well as

Good luck !
Old 05-05-2003, 01:28 PM   #6
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If it is a conexant modem you can go to this Website and download the driver for a hsflinmodem, it comes in RPM form. Conexant modems

I downloaded the modem driver for Mandrake 9.1 installed and it was ready to go, you will have to match the modem to your current kernel you are using.


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