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Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby vk1rj » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:23 pm

I am very pleased with this install of Mint (ver 6) on my Dell brand laptop. It is a model D510 ... and almost everything seems to just work!

The exception is the dial-up modem which is made by Conexant (#5423) for Dell. it is one of those dreadful windoze modems ... for which there is only limited linux support.

I tried a small linux (puppy linux from Australia) ... and puppy found a modem at /dev/ttySL0. It was able to configure the modem for dialling out. I didn't try dialling, but I think that this means the modem will work under linux.

However when I downloaded and installed gnome-ppp, under Mint ... now firmly installed on my hard drive, the program cannot find a modem at the above address. I did run it as 'root' ... because I have run into problems before trying to get dial-up running on a linux machine when you are not 'root'.

Do I need to:

buy an external/pcmcia modem and use that;

install new devices in my /dev directory ... and try again...;

find a better(?) program to run the dialling...

or is there other software I should be using to help me find the modem/begin dialup?

richard

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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby Husse » Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:41 pm

Well, gnome-ppp is supposed to be a good application
Run lspci (in a terminal) and see if the modem is recognised (and post it)
Also check that you have not accidentally switched off some hardware switch
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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby vk1rj » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:39 am

Thanks Husse for your help.

In part the results of the 'lspci' command are...

00:1e.3 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)

... which seems to indicate that the kernel 'sees' the modem. However, I am at a loss to know where it mounts it! If I knew that, I could direct gnome-ppp where to look. Gnome-ppp really only wants to look in the usual places: /dev/ttyS0, /dev/ttyS1, etc ... and from my puppylinux experiment, I found that it looked for and found a modem at /dev/ttySL0. however, just putting this value in wont work because such a device is not there! I think the real question is 'where does the kernel mount this modem??

Richard

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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby vk1rj » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:13 am

Further information:

WinXP describes it as Conexant D110 MDC V.92 modem ...
Location PCI bus 0 device 30, function 3


mounted on Com3.

Certainly works on XP out of the box.

Richard



No access to handbook ... so cannot identify any combination of keys to turn modem off/on. In any event, if it was off, puppylinux could not find/identify or use the modem.

Any ideas people??

Richard

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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby merlwiz79 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:23 am

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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby vk1rj » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:04 pm

Saturday 12 noon ...

I did try and install the suggested file. This seemed to install okay. I did then reboot ... but gnome-ppp still cannot find my modem! Are there other tools for finding modems??

Richard

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Re: Dialup Modem With Linux Mint 6

Postby merlwiz79 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:42 pm

Install gnome-device-manager to locate where to modem is set.
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