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Old 04-24-2006, 08:26 AM   #1
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modem is busy

Hi there,

I have an acer travelmate 280 running mandriva 2006.0. I have a problem with the modem in that each time I query it using kppp I get status "modem is busy". I have installed the slmodem software. If I run dmesg | grep slamr it gives me the following info

slamr: module license 'Smart Link Ltd.' taints kernel.
slamr: probe 8086:24c6 ICH4 card...
slamr: mc97 codec is SIL27
slamr: slamr0 is ICH$ card

One user told me that its because the modem is being grabbed by other devices.
How do I then stop the modem from being grabbed by other devices and have it assigned to my driver?

I tried "modprobe ungrab-winmodem" and this did not work.
Old 04-24-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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It is unusual to use the slamr driver in linux - it is more common to use the smartlink-modem-daemon in connection with the alsa AC'97 codec module.

the slamr driver taints the kernel because it is proprietary. The "kernel tainted" message is a warning that if you have trouble with this, you cannot expect support.

I've seen this problem myself if I used the gui to activate the ppp0 connection. If it is active there, then anything else will see the modem as busy. The other times I've seen this is when the modem dosn't hang up properly on disconnect. Usually fixed by making sure that "atz" is first in the initialisation string in wvdial.conf


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