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Xentrix 06-23-2004 05:23 AM

Linux and Modems???
New to Linux, currently using Xandros.
Xandros has no trouble detecting my modem, a Dynalink VHQ1456, however it comes up as a Lucent Winmodem?....this didn't really bother me because it works faultlessly.
However, my problem is all the other distros that I enjoy having a try on have all failed to detect a modem, let alone have trouble with it. Eg. Mandrake 9 and 10, Knoppix 3.3 and Fedora Core. I have tried to install the APC magazine release of Debian 3.0r2 as well.
What makes, models, chipsets do people have success with?
Is there a link to some good hardware vs. distro lists?


fluppi 06-23-2004 05:55 AM

I prefer a external serial modem: Serial has lesser problems and that is what they build for ;-)

I don't like internal modems, especial a friend of me, who didn't noticed he was online during the night (the line was not closed and no light showed it)

Every model with linux driver should work.


tricky_linux 06-23-2004 10:49 AM

better go with internal "real" modem or external serial modem.
did some research at google.
it seems there is few people using your modem.

Mytharak 06-23-2004 01:50 PM

I have a PCTel winmodem, and I have not been able to get the thing to work. I'm using fedora core 1. I may have to try Xandros if what you say is correct.

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jabberwock486 06-23-2004 02:01 PM

most modems out there are win modems, so always assume any internal modem is unless you know otheriwse. i dont konw how usb externals fair in linux, so i will not speak of them.

be careful with full hardware and winmodem. i have seen modems claim to be fullhardware yet still be controlerless, example being the intel 536

it is safer to go with external serial modems. also get serial because if you got serial ports chances are nothing else is going to use them. also i dont know anything about USB modems

some companies include drivers with modems, the intel 536 does. so it can work. hgowever last i checked drivers did not work in 2.6.x kernels. a firend of mine went thru this. i fixed it by downgradeing to 2.4

however that was 3 months ago, they may have updated to work with 2.6.x

if so those modems will work, however you will have to compile stuff

dont let that scare you as it did me. its easy provided you have what you need, kernel source, GNU make, C/C++ and other compilers (GCC) these are standard with most distros. fact i know NOTHING about programing and i still find it easy.

however serial modems are by far the easiest to use and set up.

Xentrix 06-24-2004 12:51 AM

Big thanks
Thanks Penguins,

I'll have a look at some local shops websites and get me one.

Oh yeah......Mytharak.....Xandros is pretty easy to install, navigate etc, finds hardware (except for my Daimond MX300 sound), and the standard dist is doing the rounds of magazine covers, give it a go.

Cheers Phil

dalek 06-24-2004 02:56 AM

I have this modem and it works great. I didn't buy from this place but it was the cheapest I could find.

That will give you something to look for at least. IT WORKS!!!


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