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Old 05-26-2006, 09:56 AM   #1
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Modem Help

hey i just got Fedora Core 5 and i love it its great but it doesnt detect my modem i have a PCTEL Platinum V.90 dialup Modem and im wondering if anyone can help me setup drivers for my modem please help!

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Old 05-26-2006, 01:35 PM   #2
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I believe your modem has a connexant chipset and is what is know as a ¨winmodem¨ or software modem. These can be very problematic to set up in Linux. If you have access to an external serial modem, no driver is necessary and you can set it up through KPPP in Fedora. However, you may want to check the link below to see if it is any help:

Hope this helps,

Old 05-26-2006, 02:17 PM   #3
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thanks ill try that out but i was reading about extrnal modems and i was wondering do they slow any internet connection down?
Old 05-26-2006, 02:43 PM   #4
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External (hardware) modems work great in Linux and there should be no diff then using and internal.

Back in the day when everyone used modems they got a little fast for the serial port which used the old 8250 UART. This resulted in overrun errors. Nowaday's, however, all RS-232 ports us the 16550 chip and speed is no longer an issue.

Old 05-26-2006, 04:20 PM   #5
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Make your life easier and get a nice internal hardware modem. $15 and it advertises that it works with Linux. I have used this and it is good.

Go here:

Good luck.

Old 05-31-2006, 10:59 PM   #6
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vulcanbug, can you post the output of this command:

/sbin/lspci -n -d 134d:

I can tell you whether there is a driver for your modem based on the output. Many PCTel modems are supported by a current driver located here:

It has recently been updated to provide better support for FC5.



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