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    Win modems in linux


    by rajeev_rsd ·

    can anyone suggest any name of winmodems working in linux or any linux package that works with winmodems

    i have a pctel hsp micromodem, which contains a driver for linux, but that is in source code form & when i am trying to compile that one error messege comes & compilation terminates.

    please help?????????

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    • #3071158

      Reply To: Win modems in linux

      by master3bs ·

      In reply to Win modems in linux

      perhaps you should try a linuxmodem? 😉

    • #3071124

      What about an external modem?

      by stress junkie ·

      In reply to Win modems in linux

      I haven’t had any trouble using WinModems on Linux, but it has been several years since I last used a modem. You should try to see if Linux can see the modem that you have before you give up on it. Many Linux distributions are very good at detecting hardware. Here are some steps to see what Linux has detected.

      The last time that I used a modem it just plain worked using /dev/cua0 as the path to the device. The device path /dev/cua0 corresponds to the Windows device COM1. The devices /dev/cua1, /dev/cua2, and /dev/cua3 correspond to Windows devices COM2, COM3, and COM4.

      First seee if you Linux installation has created the cua devices by entering the following command.

      ls /dev/cua*

      If there are no files with this name then either the Linux installation didn’t detect the modem or it is calling the modem something else. Here are some more things that you can do.

      You should look at the boot messages to see if there are any signs of a modem being detected. You can see the boot messages by entering the dmesg command. Use the dmesg command like this:


      Unfortunately the dmesg command just prints a ring buffer that gets overwritten when other system messages are posted to syslog. So, look to see if you have a file named /var/log/boot.msg. If you do then this will show the boot messages. Look at the boot.msg file like this:

      less /var/log/boot.msg

      Whether that works or not you may also want to use the hwinfo command. This command will show you your hardware devices. This command produces a lot of output so you should output the information into a text file and look at that. Use hwinfo like this:

      hwinfo > hwinfo.txt
      less hwinfo.txt

      A third thing that you can do is use the lsmod command to see what drivers have been loaded. Use lsmod like this:


      I hope that I haven’t overwhelmed you with things that you can do. Remember you don’t have to do all of them. You can start by just pointing your application to /dev/cua0 to see if that works.


      Now if you still haven’t gotten your current modem to work then buy an external modem and plug it into a serial port. The serial ports map to Windows device names as follows: COM1 is /dev/ttyS0 and COM2 is /dev/ttyS1. That should work without drivers.

    • #3045385

      Buy an External modem

      by jc2it ·

      In reply to Win modems in linux

      Save yourself a lot of headache and go buy an external modem. For $100 you can get a High quality US ROBOTICS external Modem and live happily ever after.

      Job Cacka

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