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Old 10-10-2006, 03:15 AM   #1
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I cannot get internet connection through my laptop modem

My laptop Acer5500Z is having AC97 ICH6 modem as detected by Suse 10. But I cannot log into net. How can I do it? Please Explain the same in detail as I am new in Linux.

Advance thanks!

Old 10-10-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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This is what is called a winmodem. acording to this link


Hardware: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller - Winmodem.

This modem can be gotten to work using the Linuxant HSF Softmodem drivers. Unfortunately, they are payware.
They also have a limited-speed test driver, you can see if that works for you before deciding to buy the driver.

NOTE: You have to compile your kernel without CONFIG_4KSTACKS! If you use this driver with 4K stacks enabled, it _will_ crash your system!
It can be made to work however it is probably not worth the hassel. Winmodems are missing harwear of a standard modem which is compensated for by the drivers (which are made for windows). You can run a modem if you buy and old serial port modem (cheap on ebay) easy. People tend not to bother hacking drivers for these winmodems as they are not popular hardwear, and come in so many diffrent forms it is usually not worth the time.

I don't want to sound too negative it may be possible (read the link above) but in genral the work to get a winmodem working is not worth it. Good luck though if you decid to try.


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