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I've installed Ubuntu 7.01 on my Dell Inspiron 5150 and so far the only thing I cannot get working is the onboard 'phone modem.
The modem shows up under network devices and I've been able to put my ISP's details into the connection dialogue box but it wont crank into life. I believe there are no specific drivers present. Do I take it I have to treat this modem as a winmodem?
Yes you will have to treat it as a winmodem. You should check with your repository and you may have a driver that will get it to work. Most of the later distros have drivers packaged with them to get the common winmodems to work. If not you can go to either of these two sites and download a "modem scan tool" and it will tell you which driver you need to install from them. The main thing is there 'free' modem driver connects at 14k and you can pay to get on at 56k.
I just noticed you have Suse for a distro, I do not remember the exact sequence but open YaST and I believe it is under 'software' tab on the left and then it is 'management' on the right. There are a couple of 'soft modem drivers' that come on the dvd or cds.
Last edited by Larry Webb; 03-19-2008 at 02:15 PM.
I found and successfully installed the Smartlink package that is part of the restricted drivers set. The only problem is I cannot see how to get get it to work! The system reports that smartlink is enabled but nothing shows up under network connection properties and the modem is still dead.
My previous experience with smartlink was in trying to get a win modem to work with SUSE 10. Naturally I didn't get anywhere, even though the manual said my modem chipset was supported, but I could at least call up the smartlink control panel; which I haven't been able to do with this installation. So how do I call up smartlink and how do I get it to associate it with the modem?
It appears that you do not have the right driver. First read this and try and follow. These directions are probably more complete than I could write myself. If there is something you do not understand or if you get it to work please post back here. It appears ubuntu supports most winmodems.
Thanks, I'll give those instructions a try. But I tried most of those things on my SUSE box. After many wasted hours I found the solution was to buy an external hardware modem; which is configured for serial port connection and the laptop has only USB ports.
I am not saying all winmodems have a linux driver but most are covered. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to make them work. Use the 'modem scan tool' and that will help finding the chip set your modem has. This will guide you to find the right driver.
I've followed the dialup modem howto instructions and configured all the things that needed configuring. Now the comm software starts, finds the modem and sends the ATD command with the correct number. I then get the response "lost carrier, trying again" which apparently succeeds as I then get lines of text generated by the handshake codes, only for the carrier to be dropped again. This time permanently.
Question: Is the modem actually connecting to my 'phone line? There are no dial or handshaking tones coming out the speaker. Or is the progress report just indicating a connection between the software and the hardware?
I know the modem is good (I used it with windoze) and I used a known good modem lead plugged into a known good 'phone socket.
After trying WVdial and PPP from terminal as per the above suggestions, and getting nowhere, success came unexpectedly last night. From the beginning I was frustrated by the fact that whilst I knew SmartLink had detected and listed my modem as /dev/ttySL0 the name wasn't listed in the list of modems in the Gnome Network setup panel. I didn't realise I could edit the modem names in the panel...duh! I edited /dev/modem0 to /dev/ttySL0, and it worked perfectly!
Now I've cracked that I can work on getting those pesky NVidia drivers installed!