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# 1  
Old 10-23-2001
Network Linux and my modem

I installed Storm Linux last night on my P100. It's running great with the exception of one detail. When I try to connect to the internet (56k), if I have /dev/modem as my modem, my computer freezes, all I can do is drop to the command line. If I have /dev/tty# (# = 0 - 3) as my modem, it wont do anything. I think it may be a conflict somewhere between my modem and my mouse, but I don't know where to check or change this. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

CyPHoN
# 2  
Old 10-23-2001
Re: Linux and my modem

I suppose that your modem is one of type "WinModem", hwich I personally hate, because they waste a lot of CPU cycles and when connecting the system freezes for about one second... That kind of modem has a "small" problem: they're half hardware, and the other half software, and the manufacturers offers only drivers for Win32. I think that you should use a modem which is made in the "old style", I mean a modem which actually has built-in the communications port, and that port configures as standard serial port [dev/cuaa0, dev/cuaa1 etc, depending on what OS you use]
At this point you should have no problem...
A good replacement for your modem is an external one, is a guaranteed solution.

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Originally posted by CyPHoN
I installed Storm Linux last night on my P100. It's running great with the exception of one detail. When I try to connect to the internet (56k), if I have /dev/modem as my modem, my computer freezes, all I can do is drop to the command line. If I have /dev/tty# (# = 0 - 3) as my modem, it wont do anything. I think it may be a conflict somewhere between my modem and my mouse, but I don't know where to check or change this. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

CyPHoN
# 3  
Old 10-24-2001
The modem I have is listed on linux.com under hardware, "Works fine, fast and very easy to install. This is a must have for any linux user."

it's a hardware modem, the AOpenUSA FM56

http://www.aopenusa.com/products/modem/fm56itu2.htm
# 4  
Old 10-25-2001
Check /var/log/messages (it may be in a different place, or named differently such as syslog) for clues to whats going on...
# 5  
Old 10-30-2001
ARGH!!!

ok... I decided to install Mandrake instead of Storm Linux, and I'm still having the same problem. Depending on the type of flow control I have, when I query the modem I will either get "The modem is not responding " (CRTSCTS), or It will go through everything and then have blank for all the response fields (XOn/XOff and None).

If I choose any other devices as the modem, I get "Sorry, the modem is busy"
# 6  
Old 10-31-2001
I'm wondering if perhaps you are linking /dev/modem to the wrong device. If you link it to something like ttyS01 (COM 2 in Redhat), and you happen to have a mouse or some other device attached, that will definitely cause problems...

I little trick I was able to use once was to
echo "ATDT5551212" > /dev/ttyS01

You should hear it dial. If not, try another
echo "ATDT5551212" > /dev/ttyS1
echo "ATDT5551212" > /dev/ttyS[0]2

You may have to chenga the example I gave here to suit your specific system...

A simple resource is here:
http://www.westga.edu/~stu7440/linux/modem.txt
 

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