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Old 11-28-2004, 11:51 AM   #1
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Please help with modem driver


I have a Rockwell Conexant softV92 56 k internal fax data modem and I cannot find a driver for Linux. From what I heard Linux without an internet connection is useless so, please help. I know nothing about Linux so if you could also tell me where I can find some Linux tutorials, I don't know, something useful like programming. Sorry if I offend someone, as I said, I know nothing about Linux. (I have a Linux Mandrake 8.2)
 
Old 11-28-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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It looks like that is a winmodem so finding drivers can be a challenge. My advice: go buy a new modem, they are really cheap now that many people are on broadban. You can probably pick one up for less than 15dollars.

What is a winmodem?
--Well, they aren't really modems at all. They are missing some of the hardware necessary to be a stand alone modem. The parts that they are missing are emulated by software (Windows software). They are cheaper to manufacture than regular modems and most people never notice the difference, until they dump windows and discover that they never had a real modem to begin with.

There are drivers for some winmodems and you might have fun hacking around trying to get it to work.
Good luck!
 
Old 11-28-2004, 12:22 PM   #3
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well...that's not very optimistic.
there just might be a driver around.

take a look at : http://www.linmodems.org/

good luck

egag
 
Old 11-28-2004, 12:23 PM   #4
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Second request first: A good site for HOWTOs on various topics in linux is www.tldp.org. I will very often go there first to check the howtos. One of the howtos there that may help you is at:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Conexant+R...WTO/index.html

The suggestion to get a "real" modem may actually be a good option. You could look around for a good one that is well supported in linux. Could save you some aggravation.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 12:27 PM   #5
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Hi,

As Optimistic said, the Rockwell chipset is a 'winmodem' and they're frankly a bit of a pain....

However, your modem is catered for by the Linuxant driver - the driver itself is *not* free - you can download a crippled trial version, limiting you to 14.4kbps but the full version will cost you $14.95.

So your choice is to either splash out on a new modem - a proper 'hardware' one (and only a serially-connected external device can really be
guaranteed to be a hardware modem these days - cheapo internal ones are probably no better than what you've already got), or pay for the
Linuxant driver.

I have tried the Linuxant driver myself - had to use it on brother-in-law's machine (he didn't want an external modem...) and it does work very well, is
relatively easy to install.

Sorry to bring news of extra cost, but that's your options here I'm afraid...
 
Old 11-28-2004, 12:52 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

Reading all yor replies I think that I should buy an external modem. Can anyone tell me what are the best options (somewhat friendly prices) for external modems on the market? If you can, recommend me a site where I can find it (with Linux driver please).
Also, is there no site that would share the Linuxant driver for free? From what I heard the modem that I have does it's job vey well.

Also thank you hussar I'll have a look if you say it's worthwhile.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 08:05 AM   #7
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Hello,

I can't make any specific suggestions (I don't know where you're located) except that an external modem is probably a good idea. I used a Jetway model which worked very well. I seem to remember a couple of years ago it cost me about 25 - you can probably do better than that now..

You won't need a separate driver for an external modem - just plug it in and it should be seen on your ttyS0 (COM1) port - easy as that!
 
Old 11-29-2004, 01:41 PM   #8
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Hey,

I have some more options:
1) I could wait until July until our TV cable will have an internet connection available.
2) I could wait for a LAN to become available, but I don't know if this will take a month or an year until It reaches me.
3) I could buy an external modem. I a mentor modem 56k at 21.9 euro.
Do you think it's a good idea or should I look for some other external modems ?

Which ones are more safer ? (detection speaking)
Also, if you know the advantages and disadvantages of each one please tell me.

Location : Romania
 
Old 11-29-2004, 02:49 PM   #9
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I know this is a forum and u r looking for recommended modems from the users here + I am sure u will get lots of good advice, but u could also type into ur google search bar `external modems + linux` this will give u lots of pages of info to look at plus sites with price guides of different modems that are compatible. Which will give u some more info, the more informed u r when u r buying ur hardware then the more confident u r going to be about how it`s going to perform with ur distro and system. :-)
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:18 PM   #10
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All companies will say that their own products are the best.
I think I need advice not somewhat useless information. I say useless because I know very little about internet, and even looking at the product description I wouldn't understand a thing.
Of course, if that there are many like you who think that this thread is disturbing, I would have no objections for it's deletion, Ok?
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:46 PM   #11
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as long as it's 56k and external........it's fine!!!! i've got one with v.90, v.92 and numerous other cr@p like that on the box and it's still just a 56k modem. just take a look on ebay, u might get a bargain.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 05:16 PM   #12
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I am not suggesting that ur thread is `disturbing` I am not suggesting that u look at manu`s websites what I am suggesting is that u compare on google the specs of different types of hardware reviews from different sources that may be of help to u..... I am in no way trying to be judgemental to ur problems that u r having at the moment :-) so chill!!!! :-)
 
Old 11-30-2004, 08:26 AM   #13
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Ok, sorry. So, it has to be a 56k modem, it doesn't matter who produces them ?
 
Old 11-30-2004, 02:16 PM   #14
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So, it has to be a 56k modem, it doesn't matter who produces them ?
If it's a serial-port coonected hardware modem, then it shouldn't matter what brand it is.
 
Old 11-30-2004, 03:10 PM   #15
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Ok, I'll take a look.
One more question : should I wait for our TV cable or a LAN to supply an internet connection and wait seven or eight months, or should I buy an external modem next week?
 
  


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