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NT 4 & Sportster Voice

Posted on 1998-01-06
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I've got a USR sportster voice modem that I want to use under NT however I'm having trouble getting it working.  The modem/faxing part works fine, but I've installed some voicemail software that says the modem doesn't exist.  I haven't been able to find any information on setting this up, however I have found in the USR modem INF file a comment next to it's listing stating: "severe interop bug -- unsupported"

Does anyone know if USR or MS has an update that will fix this or has anyone had any success hacking this to work?
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I assume, you're using NT modem/fax software and voicemail delivered with modem.

to solve this problem you have to ensure USR's discriminator as the only listner on modems COM port. in addition you have to use only programs that can be attached to this discriminator.

if you're using more then one listner, only the first of chain receives all answers from modem. answers that can't be processed be this will be discarded.
This means second one rceives nothing and also is unable to find desired modem.
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Ok, here's what I'm doing and why...

I used the NT reskit tool "instaler" to instal RapidComm Voice for Windows 95.  With service pack 3 (which is installed) giving more access to my modem so that Win31 programs and DOS programs can access it, I figured that RapidComm should work without a problem.  I'm also going to try installing a 3-4 year old version of FaxWorks with Voicemail support.  What seems to be happening is that AOL for win31 and my online banking program (also a 3.1 based app) find the modem and work fine.  RapidComm can't find any modem for any part of it's program.  I tried using RapidComm's terminal program and it said there was no modem installed.  (Yes, I have looked into upgrading to an advertised NT compatible VoiceMail program such as SuperVoice 2.0 or Winfax Pro 8 with Talkworks, but I'm a little short on case and since I have both Faxworks and RapidComm, I was really hoping to get this working...
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I think there is no chance to solve this problem with actual installed software, because of RapidComm can break problem of exclusive access of old windows programs but it can't deside who is a valid listner for actual datastream. And you also have same old problem when more then one programs are listning at the same time.
also with RapidComm only one application can be handled at one time and I'm missing a discriminator to deside who is the actual one.
I've seen such program from miro last year but I dont know about source or URL.

sorry

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Any other comments pertaining to FaxWorks?  I think the version I'd end up using would be 16bit...
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