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Old 07-24-2004, 05:01 PM   #1
fedora_runner
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Question usb modems that work eith linux


I have a tiny Gateway computer with
a) Windows installed
b) that has only usb ports
c) has a winmodem (of course)
I would like replace the Windows OS with linux (Fedora Core 1).
I have Googled for info on linux compatable usb modems and the results have been contradictory - including the advice to never try to use a usb modem with linux.

My questions:
a) What has been your experience trying to use a usb modem with linux?
b) What is the maker and model number of any usb modems that are known to work with linux?

Thanks for any advise. Please help me make this computer honorable. :-)
 
Old 07-24-2004, 10:14 PM   #2
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There's some articles in the Linux Documentation about USB modems, but because I also have a Gateway, a laptop (does have a PC card slot) I went to the local Windows Weenie Emporium and the only external USB modems were US RObotics and they turned out to be "software" modems. So they didn't work with linux because they were just as bad as a winmodem (they were in fact external winmodems). You can tell this when it says on the box "Must have Windows this that and the other version." There are Mac versions too. So, you would have to get an external "hardware" modem and I would think if you could find one, any good brand should work (like US R).
I ended up having to use a PC card faxmodem. It was $35 and most Linuces work with them, not extra drivers required.
There is the off-possibility that there is a driver written for your winmodem. linmodems.net I think is the site, there is also linux-laptop.net too.
You could also install Fedora now with a dual-boot (so you have windows to get online if there's trouble and you need to come to this Linux geek resevoir).
Hope this helps
gaviidae

Last edited by gaviidae; 07-24-2004 at 10:15 PM.
 
  


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