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Old 04-21-2002, 09:32 AM   #1
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VERY UNUSUAL problem with modem driver

hi, i'm new to this forum. i justed installed the new distro called Redmond Linux from it didn't have built in modem drivers for me, so i took the binary executable, placed it in /bin as topic.modem. there was also a config script called rc.serial, and i placed that in /etc/rc.d/ as rc.serial, as per the instructions found here. the two driver files can be found here. i get some errors at startup, saying the file can't be found. they look exactly like this:

/etc/rc.d/rc.serial: /bin/topic.modem: no such file or directory
rm: cannot unlink '/dev/modem': read-only file system
ln: /dev/modem: file exists

i've already posted this problem in another forum, the forum, but it's not very saturated with knowledgable linux users. the thread i posted there can be found here


Last edited by cebesius; 04-21-2002 at 11:52 AM.
Old 04-21-2002, 02:02 PM   #2
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i tried the same modem with the same drivers in redhat 7.2, and have gotten absolutely nowhere. in the kpppd setup menu, when i click query modem, it says the modem is busy. this means its at least seeing the modem, right? any ideas on how to make the modem not "busy"?
Old 04-21-2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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modem troubles

I'm very much a newbie myself, but as far as I have gathered the dev/modem is a link to the actual modem which should be on ttyo or tty1 (or something like that)
With me when I hadn't installed my modem yet kppp gave me the same return making you believe that it does see a modem, it doesn't mean anything though. If I were you I would check the installation of your modem try to debug it using wvdial (man wvdial) for instance.
Hope I helped at least a little bit, I'm sure there people out there a lot cleverer than I with much better answers.
Old 04-21-2002, 04:51 PM   #4
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i don't know what does it mean the error msg u get cebesius but i know that /dev/modem is a file which has to point to the file which has the config. of ur modem

during the instalation doesit till u that u will find the modem on /dev/tty*** or anyhting like this
if u so u'll have to link this file to /dev/modem

look and tell us where is ur modem installed
Old 04-22-2002, 12:01 PM   #5
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hi safrout

link the /dev/ttyxxx to /dev/modem using
ln -sf /dev/ttyxxx /dev/modem .
then use kppp and select /dev/modem as the device. this is what i did with my modem and it worked thanx to Safrout's help.
all the best.


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