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Old 07-04-2007, 03:18 AM   #1
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Modem Success

After 6 months with the inability to get online in the RHE4, I finally fixed my problems. I asked around on here at first, thinking it was the ISP, (I was such a noob.) I was ignored because no one took me seriously with me having an ISP called
I tried again a couple months later, after discovering that it was not detecting the modem. I was told the Softmodem was not compatible with the OS so I either needed to DL the driver or but a new modem. I tried the drivers at first, but they were HUGE files, and my ISP runs me at a pathetic speed I don't want to type here.
I went to the mall's Radioshack only to find that they didn't have a compatible modem. The kind sales rep. down there directed me in the direction of a store called Computers Plus, which I heard was really good.
I walked in the door and told the first employee that took notice of me of my situation. Impressed with my keen eye on operating systems, he found the U.S.Robotics 56K Performance Pro Modem in less than a minute and found that it was Linux (Kernel 2.3^) compatible. Before leaving he told me of an interesting story about how someone in a school system accidently locked themselves out of RH.
Anyway, after installing the physical parts of it, something really messed up. My monitor wouldn't pick up the signal for some stupid reason. After messing around with the innards again I found that for some purpose, the modem my computer came with has to be in it's slot for anything else to work... why, I don't know. After putting the NEW modem in slot 2, I went on the RHE4 and configured the OS, allowing me to write to you right now.
Old 07-04-2007, 04:33 AM   #2
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Nice. Was it a normal pci slot modem? I've sometimes found that on machines that have several pci slots, like most desktop pcs do, you might get problems if you plug the modem into a wrong slot. In the beginning I foolishly thought the pci slots were more or less "identical" and it was ok to pick up any of them. Later I've learned that by plugging some pci device (usually ethernet cards in my case) into a wrong slot makes it either not function well or at all or may even cause something else stop working. Oftenmost I've figured it's just because of the IRQs get mixed, and because I have no interest in learning how to manually put them right (four minutes in BIOS was enough, after all it's just an ethernet card that I can put into another slot, and not a massive tank I can't).

Well, the bottom line is that..who the heck ever decided about IRQs or pci slot orders? Curiously enough, the problems I've faced have mostly (if not only) been with machines that have both Windows and Linux installed side-by-side, but of course I tend to think it's not because of that


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