I need my new modem to work in windows so I can use Linux
Hi, I know this isn't really Linux related, but I share a computer with my family. And I bought an external serial CenDyne 56K modem and it just got shipped in today. So I plug it all in and boot into linux, simply tell it to use /dev/ttyS0 and it works...yay!
Now for the problems. I have to get this thing to work for windows to otherwise I won't be able to really use linux because I have a winmodem. So if i boot into XP with the modem powered on it says it found new hardware and calls it an analog modem. then it mysteriously reboots. I cannot get into safe mode to try it there because it just hangs when it loads "mup.sys" No other boot options made a difference, although they did boot up, but the same thing happened, even in safe mode with networking. So i powered the modem off and turned it on, it didn't detect the modem so it didn't restart this time. I uninstalled the old winmodem (can't take it out till this one works) and I ran the add new hardware applet in the control panel...according to the instructions for the modem I am supposed to click have disk and point it to the driver on the CD, when I do that the "next" button never becomes clickable.
So since I can't do it the way the instructions say I tried to do it my own way and just let windows detect it (I could turn the modem on after I boot up without any trouble, just not during the bootup.) It doesn't find it, and when I go to select it from a list, unlike most hardware it just gives standard modem type drivers rather than manufacturuer specific. I chose standard 56K and it asks which port to install it on, and there are no ports to choose from!
I've tried this countless times. I even changed my BIOS to make the serial port COM3 (what my winmodem is) but when I rebooted it just found the windmodem installed, without asking I might add, and gave it an obscure resource setting (by obscure I just mean not a COM or LPT, just left over stuff...actually now that I think about it it says it is using IRQ 17...does that even exist?) Well I don't understand why I can't just tell windows to USE THE FRIGGIN SERIAL PORT!
Thanks for any help, and although this isn't linux related it is vital to me being able to effectively use linux at my house.