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Old 05-15-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
bcsman
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Modem keeps telling me "busy"


I have a 3Com 5610 modem. It is NOT a winmodem so that is out of the way upfront. I am trying numerous distros to see which ones appeal to me the most. One of the importent items is to configure and use my modem. I have only had success with the KDE GUI, can't find any way to configure or connect with GNOME. With Xandros 3.02 I was able to configure and connect almost immediately as it did a search for my modem and found on Com2. Connects everytime--hurrah!! Also connected with Slackware 10.2 quite easily--another hurrah! Everything else is VERY hit and miss. Tried aLinux, Linspire, Debian, Suse, and Fedora using the KDE GUI and more times than not after configuring I try the "query modem" and get a "modem busy" error. Even if I leave the query page and just try to connect I get the same message. My phone line is not being used nor is the modem that I know of. I tried rebooting and still shows as "busy". Any help here as to why it would show such a state?? If I boot back into Xandros it still connects everytime. Puzzled and confused!!
 
Old 05-16-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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/dev/ttyS1 is the linux location fo your modem (win/dos COM2).
My experience is that different distros set up detected modems differently - so some will "activate" it and so the modem will be reported "busy". I've found this on fedora.

You can deactivate it using the "network device control" in fedora or system > network > modem in ubuntu. The actual gui for configuring modems or other network devices differs from distro to distro and there is some hunting for this, especially in gnome. (Look in menue items concerning "network".)

In fedora, it is done from scratch in the internet configuration wizard, and an existing configuration can be modified from the network device contro (click "cnfigure") The sure way to configure a modem is to edit the wvdial.conf file directly.
 
  


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