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Soft modem (AKA Winmodem) support
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PostPosted: Mon 26 Sep 2005, 12:52    Post_subject:  Soft modem (AKA Winmodem) support  

Just tested Puppy. Very nice thanks

My kluge http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/scanModem.gz will identify modem hardware and recommend supporting software sources.

Most new PCs/laptops are coming equipped with AC'97 soft modems.
Except for the Conexant types supported through http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/
this softmodem family can be suported under 2.6.n kernels by a pre-compiled slmodemd,
which is NOT kernel_version dependent. It is available with detailed instructions from
http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/smartlink/ as SLMODEMD_MostRecentVersion.tar.gz

Very briefly:
modprobe LowLevel_ALSA_2.6.n_modem driver
modprobe snd_intel8x0m
This provides kernel access to the modem hardware. Next
slmodemd --alsa -c COUNTRY hw:1
provides all higher level functions, including creation the symbolic link and modem port:
/dev/ttySL0 --> /dev/pts/N
Barring other problems, there will be a subsequent success with:
wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
which after editing personal information in /etc/wvdial.conf, will enable a dialout with

scanModem maintainer

Address modem related issues to DISCUSS@linmodems.org
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Location: Running down a highway in Virginia, USA.

PostPosted: Mon 26 Sep 2005, 15:06    Post_subject:  


Welcome to the world of Puppy Linux! I'm sorry for not getting back to you on the linmodem.org list, but I've been really swamped.

I'm very pleased that you have taken the time to review Puppy Linux to see how it works with detecting and interacting with modems. When I recommended Puppy Linux on your listserv, I did so because its a small distro and one that works well for a wide skill-set of users -- from those trying to leave Windows to very experienced Linux users.

This project is grateful for any input and advice you may have to share that will make the dial-up process more pain-free/transparent for people new to Linux. May I recommend that you check out the Wiki, and possibly post a page or two on soft modems and which ones work/don't work with Linux?

I really hope your visit with Puppy Linux is a long and warm one.

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