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Old 05-01-2005, 10:47 AM   #1
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modem not found


I have a usr 5660a modem and not found after installing linux. Have tried in Fedora core 3, Mepis 3.3, SuSE 9.3 and now in Linspire 5.0. I've checked usr web site for drivers to install but none are listed. Any help would be appreciated. This is first time trying to use Linux so I'm pretty much lost. Sorry.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
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could this modem not support linux. if not is there anywhere I can find what modems do support linux.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 01:02 PM   #3
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I did a little Googling and it seems that particular modem is a Winmodem (i.e. not really a modem at all, since it relies on driver code running on the CPU to interpret the wave signal). Linux tends to have trouble with these modems, since most of the drivers are Windows only. Nonetheless, this particular modem seems to use the Conexant HSF chipset which is supported by Linux (sort of). Unfortunately, it seems you need to pay LinuxAnt for the latest drivers, or so I found on this site.

You should probably invest in a hardware modem. They aren't all that expensive. If you buy an external modem it's pretty much guaranteed to work. But to be sure you can search SuSE's hardware database or linuxhardware.net.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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thanks for help

thanks alot for help. think i'll get a hardware modem
 
Old 05-01-2005, 07:40 PM   #5
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Hi,

True. Hardware modems might be easier to be
recognized and configured by Linux than other
"winmodems".

But, I find the Intel chipset modems to be quite
useful. These work great not only under Windows
but also in SuSE 8.2 and Fedora Core 3.

Are these modems hardware modems? The retail
box says "hardware based". Other people say these
modems are "winmodems". At any rate, they work
great and cost very reasonable ( ~$10

Basically, these modems will be recognized as
"Intel 536EP" modems by SuSE 8.2 as well as
Fedora Core 3. For Fedora though, you would
need to get the driver from Intel site and if you
follow the directions in the "readme" file in the
driver package, the modems will work great.

Hope this has been helpful.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 08:18 PM   #6
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Dear espn89,

You have one of the truly Winmodem’s (as Winmodem is an official trademark of US Robotics), the chance that you get this modem working with any other operating system then Windows is very small.

You also not have to try the Conexant/Rockwell driver, as US Robotics (inventor of several standards) uses his own chipset, which is not compatible with the Conexant/Rockwell chipset. They been fears rivals in the past with both there own standard of the 56k modem protocol , US Robotics with 56Flex and Conexant/Rockwell using there own 2X protocol
 
Old 05-02-2005, 07:15 PM   #7
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Thanks all for help. I ordered an external hardware modem that shows full support on SuSE's hardware page so hopefully all will be well now.
 
Old 05-08-2005, 12:34 PM   #8
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I bought a SupraExpress 56e Pro V.92 modem because listed on retail site it supported Linux and SuSE's hardware page listed it as compatible atleast with older version of SuSE but no linux drivers in package and cannot find drivers for it. Does anyone know where I might find drivers for this modem. I'm stuck using windows for internet until I can get it running. I have tried SuSE 9.3, Fedora Core 3, Linspire 5.0 and Mepis and all recognize all my hardware including onboard ethernet but none recognize either modem I've tried. Evidently Diamond Multimedia is no longer in business and I did find a link through their website on google for a driver but page is gone now. Any advice would be appreciated. I'm completely new to linux so if any ideas of something I'm doing wrong or not doing would help too. I've went into try to configure hardware modem and when query for modem get not found.
 
Old 05-08-2005, 01:53 PM   #9
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I am really not an expert on this (since I've always been fortunate enough to have Ethernet readily available), but I don't think you need a specific driver, since your computer will just talk to the modem over the serial port. You probably ought to read the MODEM HOWTO if you hadn't already. It has information about setting up serial ports etc. You can test things out by using minicom to connect directly to the modem and issuing raw commands to ensure that it responds.
 
Old 05-08-2005, 08:24 PM   #10
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Hello espn89,

Looking at the your modem type I can see that is an EXTERNAL serial RS-232 modem, and yes it is very difficult to find Linux drivers for this type of modem. This because they are not needed.

Wish distro you now have installed on your computer, because I like to help with a step-by-step how-to
 
Old 05-09-2005, 06:53 PM   #11
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right now I have SuSE 9.3 pro edition installed now, I did get it recognized in Mandrake 10.1 but there were errors on the disks I installed from and kept crashing and went back to SuSE. I did use the info from mandrake and went into setup hardware in Suse and it did recognize an at modem but I was to aggrievated with it to continue, I think I can get it installed now and will write back either way. Thanks everybody for all the help. Linux hasn't been to good to me so far but the community is great. Thanks again.
 
Old 05-09-2005, 08:44 PM   #12
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ok I think were getting there. My modem is showing available under suse hardware in tool bar but doesnt show configured but no way to configure in this screen. I configured in yast and it shows available and configured in yast. I'm using netzero which shows is compatible in yast. So now modem is showing available so at least going in right direction. Any ideas from here.
 
  


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