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Old 08-08-2003, 11:50 PM   #1
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modem woes

Hi all,

I have a amd athlon dual booting winMe and Mandrake 9.1. Kernel 2.4.21-0.13

Modem is an AOpen FM56 - PM 56k speakerphone PCI

vendor ID: 14F1
Device ID: 1036
Subvendor: 14F1
Revision ID: 08

Vendor name: Conexant
Device Name: HCF P85 Data/fax/remotefam/speakerphone

I have downloaded drivers from none of them seem to work. I used the rpm method so it installed all dependencies. It tries to dialup and then tells me my modem isn't supported, is there something else I need to do?

Old 08-09-2003, 01:19 AM   #2
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support for pci "winmodems" under linux is sketchy

a certain large american computing company likes to "encourage" hardware manufacturers NOT to provide linux support

software modems have bits missing which the windows code emulates
linux does not do this the same way

i tried 7 pci modems, 4 by conexant, 1 motorola
and so on

in the end i went out and bought an external hardware modem
which worked perfectly first time without any tweaking required
Old 08-09-2003, 10:53 PM   #3
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Ok so how about an external modem like a hayes accura 144 + fax 144 ? A friend had one kicking about. However I haven't been able to find and drivers for it either, has anyone had any experience with this one?
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i had similar problems with an hsf modem, i also have a similar system-amd, dual boot

make sure you have the kernel specific driver from linuxant for hcf

quick fix try- start kppp (if you don't have a desktop icon, open a terminal and type kppp) and delete your isp, then recreate new account for your isp (use dialog not wizard), make sure redial on disconnect is not active or you won't see error messages-query modem, if that looks ok-try connecting

if you still have problems-you said you tried different drivers, did you uninstall prior driver before trying new one?to uninstall use software uninstall with mandrake control center, search hcf*,hsf*, whatever, to locate rpm's installed, remove them and reinstall kernel specific driver-repeat above

mandrake just keeps gettin' better

hope this helps


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