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Old 01-23-2007, 04:55 PM   #1
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Finding the modem

My Father had Windows 98, that went bad with a virus and/or spyware; and I installed the latest Sarge(Debian). He has a modem, which couldn't be determined; and as per suggested I chose /dev/ttyS0. This didn't work. There was nothing in /var/log/dmesg to help. How do I determine the modem's location?
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Go into the BIOS and write down the IRQ's assigned to the two modem locations. If YOUR using a program to set up the modem, Kppp is great for this. Kppp will let YOU signal the modem and if it returns data, YOU'RE on the correct device name (/dev/ttyS0=COM1 in M$Windows). If no data returns, try the next on in the list. Suggestions: A) buy an external serial 232 modem. (inside is a controller chip that does all the work, Linux Distro's have the drivers, and relies on the serial port for software compatability.) B) Inside the computer case are PCI slots. If YOU find a modem there, press down gently and make sure it is "seated properly" all the way down. Caution, do not press to hard, the board beneath it is not supported in all places. Turn the power off, and unplug from wall before touching the inside of YOUR computer case. Check for dust, which can hold moisture. It will disable a connection. C) When rebooting, YOU can write down more information. Press Pause to temporarily stop the screen scroll. Any questions can be asked here in the forums. Also,...


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