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Topic # 53848 14-Dec-2009 13:01
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Hey all

I really want to swap over to linux and unfortunitly still in the dark ages and on dial upUndecided but am haveing great trouble trying to configure my motorola 56sm modem to register on the OS, i have looked at other forums but havnt found a straght answer, im resonably savvy with computers but am new to linux and need help 

Sorry about the spellingTongue out


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  Reply # 282267 14-Dec-2009 13:19
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Correct me if I'm wrong but that is a PCI WinModem yes?

If so you'll have little chance of getting it working in Linux.  If you can't switch to broadband I suggest you try an external modem.  Maybe this will work.  Maybe not.

You could try here for some info.

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  Reply # 282272 14-Dec-2009 13:27
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I've been looking around the net and I didnt think that it was a win modem from the infomation i found but i maybe wrong.



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  Reply # 282333 14-Dec-2009 15:19
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If it si a Motorola sm 56 that is a softmodem - aka winmodem - which will probably not work on linux.

See if this site is of any help

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  Reply # 282335 14-Dec-2009 15:23
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although it does state on this page that works with linux

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  Reply # 282353 14-Dec-2009 16:02
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yeah thats where ive got a bit confused

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  Reply # 282362 14-Dec-2009 16:16
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the problem you now have is you need to find out how it is supported in linux - although almost certainly through the linmodem driver and then exactly what linux distros it will work with.

Even once you have that there is usually a lot of loops you have to jump through to get the linmodem driver to work.

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  Reply # 282370 14-Dec-2009 16:30
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yeah that seems the case was just hoping that there maybe a easier way... thanks heaps

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  Reply # 282500 15-Dec-2009 00:23

as an alternative to your Motorola (which is a soft (win)modem and you'll struggle to get that supported on any current kernel) you might look at USR's 5637 - it's a controller-based USB modem that seems to be Linux-friendly


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