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Old 06-11-2004, 10:25 PM   #1
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Linux detects modem, but will it work?

This is proabably a stupid question, and I apologise if it is.

If I can get a CD-bootable distro to detect and attempt to configure an external modem, does that mean that this modem will actually /work/ under Linux?

I just sunk AUD$80 into an external modem, with the belief that external = hardware, and therefore will work under Linux. I admit that I'm guilty of purchasing sight-unseen, and was mislead as to its actual manufacturer.

Well, to cut a long story short, it's a 'PT-3120' by Puretek, and their support sucks. (Their webpage needs Chinese Text support to be even viewed, and likewise with the PDF manual on the disk.)

The only "useful" information I can find is here:

Okay. So I physically installed it, had it all set up under XP and it dialed out and all was well. Then I slapped in Sun Java Desktop, a CD-bootable Linux distro that I got off a Linux magazine coverdisc, to see if it would work with it, so I would have an idea as to whether or not it was any good for Linux or if I'd have to try and exchange it. (This is not the distro I intend to use when I'm actually ready to install Linux. I'm likely to go with Debian or Slackware).

I managed to get it to detect it, and try and configure it, which it seemed to do quite well. Then it wanted me to set up mail. Now, I've only set up non-webmail twice in the past, and under Windows - I just don't use it. I failed to trick it into thinking I knew what I was doing, so when I told it to go ahead and save the configuration, it would complain that I had done stuff wrong and would wipe all the settings I'd already set. So I'd go back and have Linux go and look for it again, and then if I tried to skip the mail section, it would do the same thing again. "No, if you can't do mail properly than you're crap. I'll just ignore everything you've already told me about the modem."

So, basically. I have no idea if it's /actually going to work/, or if the OS is just humoring me thus far.

Uhm. Yeah, probably rambled on a bit too much.... don't forget the question at the top. :/ Heh.

Last edited by beerwulf; 06-11-2004 at 11:24 PM.
Old 06-11-2004, 11:44 PM   #2
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I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. External modems are pretty straight forward and if it works with a CD based distro it should work with Debian or Slackware. I've used two different external modems with those distros with no problem.


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