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Old 05-22-2003, 07:20 PM   #1
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Problem with Modem Connexant HSF Driver


My laptop is an HP Omnibook xe4100. Now I have installed Linux Mandrake 9.1, and the modem doesn't work. I found the driver from Linuxant which is the Connexant for Linux. I know it's the right one because it was on the CD rom and I used a similar version of the driver for MDK 9.0 and it worked. HSF are the drivers for my modem. If you wanna have a look this is the web site where you can find it
Is anybody using the same computer with the same modem under Linux or does anybody know anything about it?

It's strange because if I query the modem I don't get a negative response, it initialize the connection but on the phone you can hear nothing happening, completely dead. There is not even any comunication, opening the terminal window from kppp settings. It's like the computer knows it's there, but it's unable to speak with it.

Does anybody have any Idea. I doubt I tried everything, but I hope you guys really have an idea.


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Old 05-22-2003, 09:35 PM   #2
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I have a conexant modem in my HP ze 4230. I seem to remember there being two types of driver for it on the site. I had to try both to figure out which one it is. If you are a dual booter then there is also a utility that will identify the chipset for you.
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If you are using kppp open the log viewer and it will give you more info.

It can still be alot of different things, I had a problem with a V.92 modem going to a V.90 ISP. I had to force V.90 in the init string.
Old 05-23-2003, 10:46 AM   #4
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I use Kppp and on the log viewer I get not information. Either on the query button and on the button below it (I don't remember the name now) I get no information about the Comunication with the modem.

I've downloaded the utility but it doesn't recognize the modem for some reason.

The problem is that the driver I'm using should work for my modem but for some strange reason it doesn't.

Please Help.
Thanks for replying anyway.

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Old 05-24-2003, 11:49 PM   #5
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I am not sure what is going on if you are able to query your modem under kppp>setup>modem>query modem. I would try a couple of things

1) Log on as root in kde and try to connect. Success means you have a problem with permissions.

2) I would also cross check to see that the kernel "uname -r" and the version of the modem driver are the same. They need to match down to the last digit.

3) As a last resort I would compile my own driver from source.
You need to have the mandrake development packages installed first. Then download the source package. This is actually the best as the driver will be made from your kernel and therefor will match exactly. It is actually pretty simple. (I cut and pasted the directions)


If you have obtained the driver package in tar format:

1. extract the package with "tar -xzf hsflinmodem-{version}.tar.gz"

2. change to the package directory with "cd hsflinmodem-{version}"

3. run "make install" from the top of the package directory.
(Debian users might need to change the KERNELSRC definition in
modules/common.mak first)

4. run "hsfconfig" to complete the installation and configure your modem.

(Alternatively to this whole procedure you may generate RPMS from the tar
package using rpm -ta hsflinmodem-{version}.tar.gz")
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I have a conexant modem on my laptop, I went to that same sight when I first of all started using Mandrake 9.1, downloaded the driver that matched my kernel, then run hsfconfig after installing the rpm. No problem with my modem
using kppp.


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