find modem

John Heinen hensandpat at
Wed Aug 20 14:47:12 UTC 2008

O. Sinclair wrote:
> O. Sinclair wrote:
>> Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 19 August 2008 07:13:23 pm John Heinen wrote:
>>>> I installed opensuse on a gateway  64 bit dual core  (win vista)
>>>> computer, while installing opensuse, the installer noted no modem found!
>>>> Does that mean it was unable to read the factory installed modem?
>>>> There is a modem though, I use it for vista
>>>> What would the command be  for opensuse to find  and recognise the modem
>>>> present?
>>> The problem here may be in the fact that you have a "winmodem" not a real 
>>> hardware based modem.  WinModems have to be software driven, whereas real 
>>> hardware modems are just handed commands, and drive themselves.  
>>> The problem is many WinModems cannot be run from within Linux.  The good news 
>>> is that there are a good number of them that can now.  Do some Google 
>>> searching for your modem.  There used to be a website "" or 
>>> something like that which listed what drivers worked with winmodems in Linux.
>>> Some one here should be able to correct me on that website address I'm sure.
>> Cannot is a too strong word. Search for "linmodems" on the internet or 
>> check out - note they charge for a fully working driver.
> Maybe I should add that I have managed to get both external usb-modems 
> and internal "soft" winmodems working with more or less effort by 
> googling around and trying various solutions. For the moment my life is 
> easy as I own a Dell laptop where they supply the modem driver.
> Sinclair
Thank you all, my frustration should be over, the is 
clearly the answer, also _USR_obotics, is advertising usr5637, a modem 
for linux, win. and mac all in one J>H>.

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