find modem

Howard Coles Jr. dhcolesj at
Thu Aug 21 01:39:48 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 19 August 2008 11:33:26 pm 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

Dell?  Really?  I've looked more than once for my laptop and found no linux 
drivers for the modem, and I'm NOT paying for one (I just don't use it 
enough).  What model?

See Ya'
Howard Coles Jr.
John 3:16!

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