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Old 06-29-2003, 06:30 PM   #16
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Well I could easily of done that but then I would have learnt nothing - don't forget this is the first time I've installed linux. At least now I can configure from source etc. I knew nothing at all before. I'll probably buy a modem now or wait till I get broadband in a couple o months.
Old 08-31-2003, 02:39 PM   #17
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Question Where do I Get the drivers?

I can't download the file!!

It seems to be a problem with the server (since yesterday), so I'll really apreciate if somebody send me the file (pctel-0.9.6.tar.gz)

thanks !
Old 08-31-2003, 06:20 PM   #18
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pctel modem driver

try this link it may be of some help - if you still cant get the driver get back to the forum and I'll post it to you - I dont really want to do that cos I only have a 56k and it takes ages - but if you get stuck I'll do it
Old 11-05-2003, 08:10 PM   #19
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My status so far with installing hsp56 mr modem

Originally posted by matt_w_lambert
ok here is a step by step of how I got the modem to work

1. download source for driver at
get the latest version should be PcTel - 0.9.6

2.Change your /usr/src/linux-x.x directory to /usr/src/linux

3.Unzip and run ./configure --with-hal=?
use /.configure -with-hal-list to view a list.

4. run make

5. run make install
I followed his steps up to here with some slight modification. In step (2),
matt described changing the directory from /usr/src/linux-x.x to
/usr/src/linux. This might be bad for linux because there is an option
that can help root tune the kernel without using the command-line console.
A work around would be to create a symbolic link name linux under

ln -s /usr/src/linux.x.x linux
Remember, to get the kernel tuning option working, you must install
the RPM packages called kernel-source.x.x.x from your original linux


Originally posted by matt_w_lambert
6. Change your kernel settings to enable kernel module loading, ppp, PC style hardware, and EISA suport and also you may need to add ppp suport for async serial ports and disable symmetric multi-processing suport ( i have symmetric multi-processing suport and it works both ways for me)

7. run insmod -f pctel

8. run insmod -f ptserial

( BOth insmod comands may show errors but everything should be ok)

The (6)th step I skipped because I think linux installs the ppp settings
for you once you start doing the ISP configuration for networks.
Remember, pppd is used by a modem. It was a little cumbersome
looking for the options through a list of linux tree menus. So,
I had to rewrite it so I know what to look for. per Matt:

enable kernel module loading
PC style hardware
EISA suport and
may need to add ppp suport for
async serial ports and disable symmetric multi-processing suport

step 7 and step 8 is done with make install in step 5. Make install creates
the proper symbolic links to point to the create device the modem

The insmod command you can have options with the module.

insmod -f pctel irq=# country_code=#
insmod -f ptserial irq=# country_code=#

I don remember which object file has the option. This can be
done automatically using the /etc/modules.conf. Read about
it in the FAQ, INSTALL, or README file included with the tar file
of pctel.


Originally posted by matt_w_lambert
9.setup kppp, The modem port should be /dev/mode which points
to /dev/ttys15 , use software flow control, cr line termination
( LF and LF/CR line termination makes kppp jam up when i use it)

10. setup the rest on your own ( phone number, isp name, etc. etc.

OK thats all i have you can e-mail me if you like and i can try to help but i am still a but i can do my best [/B]

After going through the steps and compiling the needed files, I
insert the modules in the kernel. I try to get the modem to dial
out, but it does not respond. It says first that the modem is ready
then the modem does not respond.

One of the errors I ran into also was that when I was inserting the module
in the kernel. It said the files that where compiled (I think think the
insmod command) was compiled using gcc version 2. The modem
modules (pctel and ptserial) where compiled using gcc version 3.
This will not work.

I didn't go through the unresolved symbols errors yet. That probably
might help, but have not explored the option yet.


Last edited by kuyalfinator; 11-05-2003 at 08:36 PM.
Old 11-10-2003, 09:44 AM   #20
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Hope I can help you...

I get my winmodem working at Red Hat 9 & Slack 8.1 without problems... this is what I've made.

The steps are almost the same...

1- first, get the driver:
2- Unzip the driver...
3- Delete the posible installed modules:
rm -rf /dev/modem
rm -rf /dev/ttyS15
mknod /dev/ttyS15 c 62 79
ln -s /dev/ttyS15 /dev/modem
4- make a symbolic link to the linux directory under /usr/src:
cd /usr/src/
ln -sf linux-x.x.-x linux

5- then I run this command: lspci
this show me the chipset model of all my devices, you have to look at the modem chip... in my case was cm8738.
6- get into the driver directory...
7- run ./configure -with-hal=[modem chip] (in my case it was ./configure -with-hal=cm8738)
8- then run:
make install
insmod -f pctel
insmod -f ptserial

9- and finally run kppp and configure the connection...

Hope it can be helpful...

Any question, just write me out...
Old 04-04-2005, 05:32 PM   #21
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i'm bigenner in this OS & i have hsp56 mr modem
How i can make it work?

Last edited by Almassoudi; 04-04-2005 at 05:36 PM.


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