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Old 03-14-2003, 11:39 PM   #1
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Question winmodem

I recently switched from Mandrake 8.2 to Redhat 8.0, and now my modem isn't recognized. I like Redhat more that Mandrake, but I must admit, it was a lot easier to deal with hardware in Mandrake. I have a Conexant winmodem, and i went to (I think that was the URL) and downloaded drivers for it. It worked in mandrake; I installed the RPM and ran linuxconf, which found and recognized my modem. After the switch, I downloaded the same linmodem RPM for RH, but it still doesn't recognize it! I'm pretty sure I downloaded the correct RPM; RH 8.0, i686... When I try to dial with any program, I get a similar error saying /dev/modem isn't found... It's a PCI modem, and when I run a "hardware scan," it's found, but apparently RH doesn't know how to use the drivers to recognize it...
Old 03-15-2003, 12:59 AM   #2
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Check in your /dev/ directory to see if /dev/modem is even there.

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Old 03-15-2003, 01:26 AM   #3
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If your using KDE go to kppp enter the Setup tab and query your modem, it should find the modem and then you will be able to dial out, this is all I did and my modem was found and configured, I have never had a problem since.
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I'm brand new to the world of Linux and I agree with using KPPP. I tried using the network device setup wizard in GNOME and it never found my winmodem, regardless of how many times I tried to make it work. I installed KDE and ran KPPP and the first shot it found the modem and I was on the web.
Now if I could only get my darn nvidia drivers installed properly, I'd be a happy camper...
Old 03-15-2003, 12:06 PM   #5
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First identify whether u have a hsf / hcf type chip, then download the approrpriate driver & install it will work perfectly , and plz do write a line if it works, coz it will help others too
Old 03-15-2003, 11:48 PM   #6
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My, what quick replies! It surprised me to see that four people had replied since last night, this being my first post...
After my post, I discovered "hsfconfig" which introduced my modem to redhat. Now I can connect to my ISP, but now I have a new problem...
This should be easy to fix, but I can't seem to figure it out. With Mandrake, I could configure the "permissions" of every user (i.e. i could allow certain users to use kppp). Now I need the root password to run kppp, which isn't bad except that I also need to be root to use that connection. I added a group called "kppp" and gave it ownership of all kppp files/programs, and added the desired users to it, but it still doesn't seem to work; I still need to be root to run it. Any suggestions?


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