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Old 06-01-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
kill_slick
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I Got My Winmodem To Work!! Suse 10.0 Conexant Modem


Hello all I know that people usually desert these forums when they have get their problem solved. Which is really annoying as these forums are here to provide some kine of help. Anyways, I was fighting with an intel 537ep winmodem for SUSE 10.0 and I could not get it to work. Mainly because intel only provided drivers up to SUSE 9.2 and the version of the gcc for SUSE 10.0 was too advanced and it was not backward compatible enough. Hence what I decided to do was to get this recommended brand of modems known as conexant. They provide up to date drivers for most of the the latest linux distributions. They have the RPM files and they tar.gz files also. The URL to the site is http://www.linuxant.com/company/ just go to the drivers tab and select your distro and take it from there. THE DRIVER WILL ONLY WORK IF YOU HAVE A CONEXANT MODEM. The drivers will only provide you with a connection of 14.4kb because you need to purchase a liscene to get the full working version of the driver. But in my book a low connection is better than no connection. So it's pretty simple. Just get a conexant modem. Look for your distro on the linuxant web site and download the RPM or the tar.gz files to install. I used the tar.gz files because the RPM did not work out for me. I'll be checking back on this thread in the event that anyone might be having any questions. Also please note that I am no linux expert and I am not sure that I can answer all your questions. I just posted this in the event that it may be of help so some one else. This is how I got online, I hope others can do the same. If anyone has any problems I'll include step-by-step instructions on how I got it to work. Good luck with it all. I never gave up on it and I urge you to do the same. One more thing. Make sure you match the kernel version that you have to the driver you'll be downloading and also if possible the gcc version.
 
Old 06-01-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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Just out of curiosity, are you using a desktop or a laptop? If you're using a desktop, it's usually better to just spend $15 US on an external hardware serial modem (I got a cheap Cendyne 56k modem for $5 at a local pc parts store). That way it works without any proprietary drivers and you get the full 56kbps.

By the way, Congratulations on your accomplishment! Glad to hear you're enjoying linux and interested in learning on your own and solving your own problems. Soon you'll be helping others solve their problems.

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Old 06-01-2006, 08:32 PM   #3
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I am using a Desktop and I know about the external Hardware modem but where I live my hardware retailers don't have it yet so I am kinda stuck with this one till they do. I spoke with one of the managers though they are just beginning to support linux they have drivers for winmodems for red hat 9 and they're providing support for SUSE so I just gotta hang on a bit. the 14.4k is not too bad though. Pages load reasonably quick. And yeah I am enjoying linux I just felt the need to at least know some other Operating System other than windows. I was hearing alot about Linux so I decided to give it a shot, I know it's challanging but I learn alot in the process of trying to over come them.
 
  


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