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Old 03-26-2003, 08:53 PM   #1
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Modem always gets no dialtone

hi all,
i have just installed mandrake linux 9 and cant get the grin off my face this is cool software!!
however im having a prob with my internal modem (conexant hsf). i downloaded and installed the driver from and all went ok. but when i try to dialup, my modem makes a weird put-put-put noise and i eventually get a 'no dialtone' message from kppp. the modem works fine from windows xp and i cant understand why it isnt working under linux ... im guessing i have to change the modem commands but arent sure which settings to change to what!
would really appreciate any help with this
Old 03-27-2003, 02:39 PM   #2
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I would try dialing with a dialer other than kppp. Technically, kppp is just a frontend for pppd, but it tends to bypass some of your regular modem settings and do things its own way (which is often, but not always, a good thing). Try Mandrake's basic console dialer (probably pppd) or, better yet, wvdial. You can do it in a terminal window like xterm if you want to keep X running.
Old 03-27-2003, 04:07 PM   #3
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maybe make sure you've tried all the drivers available
for that type of modem.
getting a winmodem working in linux is usually tricky.
the hardware makers will not relase info on them, and
people have to hack the stuff out.
Old 03-27-2003, 10:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help

If I can't get it to work I'll try and "gain" an external real modem from somebody
Old 07-18-2003, 06:27 PM   #5
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You must force modem dial up, because it not recognize the phone line.If you use Kppp try:
Kppp>modem>modem_commands>Initialization string 2=ATX3.
I have same problem and it worked!


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