Old spec w. no lovin'

Krzysztof Lichota krzysiek at lichota.net
Tue Oct 10 01:06:56 BST 2006

Andrew Jorgensen napisał(a):
> On 10/7/06, Constantine Evans <constantine at evanslabs.org> wrote:
>> We can't support most winmodems out of the box, because there are no
>> free drivers, and companies like Conexant refuse to release specs under
>> reasonable terms.
> Unless I'm mistaken it's worse than this.  The whole concept of a
> winmodem is that it's brain-dead and lets the computer work out how to
> modulate and demodulate the signals.  Basically a win-modem is a
> really simple sound-card.  In fact it shouldn't be hard to get some
> kind of sound out of a winmodem.  The problem then is that there isn't
> any open-source code to handle all the modem standards and nogotiation
> processes to make a modem work properly.  If someone ever writes such
> code it should be a short jump to get most win-modems working -- they
> might could all even use the same modem code.
> If someone knows of a win-modem for which there is a completely
> open-source driver then please correct me.

ALSA has some drivers for winmodems. Recently I have been installing
driver for internal modem in laptop and to my surprise, instead of
installing some smartlink-softmodem driver (as done in some older
distributions) I had to enable alsa module for it (it had the same name
as driver for sound card with "m" suffix).

	Krzysztof Lichota

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