find modem

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Thu Aug 21 07:30:11 UTC 2008

Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> 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?
In my case I have an older Inspiron 6400/1505 that works fine and 
currently use an Inspiron 1420/Vostro 1400 (model names differ due to 
where and how they are sold). You can find info on Dell's linux wiki:
look under "known issues" and you find the modem driver.

As I understand it they license it from Linuxant but I could be wrong. 
It works, that what matters to me...


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