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I cant seem to get my USR sportster to work in linux i have tried the init strin AT&F1 and also AT&F&H1&R2&B1&S0=1&K1&M4&S1S13=1S2=255&W But the dang thing dont wanna work.
Any suggestions would be great
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by:christg
ID: 1631441
What are the setting for your modem. Irq, iobase ans the com ports
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by:mike_stone
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Look at your manual or box, does it perchance have the word "Winmodem" on it?  If so, you're hosed, because the modem relies on Windows95 to set up a com port for it before it can work.  This is the latest scheme (called soft modems) to save money and provide low-cost hardware in PC's.  I recently fell victim to this and had to exchange my "Sportster Winmodem" for real Sportster which sets up its own hardware port.  If you're running windows, you can find the default settings for your com ports using the Control Panel "Ports" icon or by using Device manager under "My Computer" -> Properties.
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by:monster
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The modem is set up for COM2 IRQ3.
Also the box doesnt say anything about winmodem just say faxmodem.
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OK, good.  No winmodem

Verify that the jumpers on the modem are set properly.  COM2 is standard for an internal modem.  Also make sure COM2 is *DISABLED* on your motherboard (set through BIOS)!!

In Linux, cat /proc/resources and make sure the ports are assigned as follows:
COM1: IRQ 4, I/O 0x3F8-0x3FF
COM2: IRQ 3, I/O 0x2F8-0x2FF

If you haven't already, try running minicom to see if you can manually enter modem commands and get a response.  You can read all about minicom in the man pages or the HOWTO reference.

Again, if you have windows or another O/S installed, make sure the modem works properly there first, then wrestle with Linux it might be a little easier to troubleshoot.
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by:monster
ID: 1631445
Ok here is some more info. First I wanna thank you guys for trying to help me.
Ok now when I do a cat /proc/resources i get a No Such File or Directory.
The jumpers are set right I have them set the way the were when I bought the modem which is all the jumpers on all the pins.
I did a setserial /dev/modem to see what it said and it says:
/dev/modem,UART: unknown, Port: 0x02f8, IRQ 3
I hope this info helps a little

Thanx again for your help
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by:mike_stone
ID: 1631446
Hmmm... Sorry about the filename, /proc is a special file system that has hooks directly into your kernel / system.  I don't have access to my Linux system from here, but the file names there are meant to be descriptive.  ls /proc should help figure out the file name you are looking for, it varies from version to version.  You are looking for something obvious like /proc/ioports, or /proc/interrupts.  You can cat these files to collect info about the kernel's view of your machine.  If that doesn't take care of it, you can post a new question or maybe re-open this one for someone else to have a gander at.

Also, did you find the BIOS setting to disable your motherboard's built-in COM2, and have you successfully used the modem with another O/S?

If you post a new question, include the distribution you are using (ie redHat) and version of your kernel which you can find by looking in /boot.  The kernel version will be the number you see at the end of your vmlinuz file.  ie vmlinuz-2.0.31-2 (the kernel version is 2.0.31)
  -- Good luck
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by:mike_stone
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Hmmm... Sorry about the filename, /proc is a special file system that has hooks directly into your kernel / system.  I don't have access to my Linux system from here, but the file names there are meant to be descriptive.  ls /proc should help figure out the file name you are looking for, it varies from version to version.  You are looking for something obvious like /proc/ioports, or /proc/interrupts.  You can cat these files to collect info about the kernel's view of your machine.  If that doesn't take care of it, you can post a new question or maybe re-open this one for someone else to have a gander at.

Also, did you find the BIOS setting to disable your motherboard's built-in COM2, and have you successfully used the modem with another O/S?

If you post a new question, include the distribution you are using (ie redHat) and version of your kernel which you can find by looking in /boot.  The kernel version will be the number you see at the end of your vmlinuz file.  ie vmlinuz-2.0.31-2 (the kernel version is 2.0.31)
  -- Good luck
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by:mike_stone
ID: 1631448
Hmmm... Sorry about the filename, /proc is a special file system that has hooks directly into your kernel / system.  I don't have access to my Linux system from here, but the file names there are meant to be descriptive.  ls /proc should help figure out the file name you are looking for, it varies from version to version.  You are looking for something obvious like /proc/ioports, or /proc/interrupts.  You can cat these files to collect info about the kernel's view of your machine.  If that doesn't take care of it, you can post a new question or maybe re-open this one for someone else to have a gander at.

Also, did you find the BIOS setting to disable your motherboard's built-in COM2, and have you successfully used the modem with another O/S?

If you post a new question, include the distribution you are using (ie redHat) and version of your kernel which you can find by looking in /boot.  The kernel version will be the number you see at the end of your vmlinuz file.  ie vmlinuz-2.0.31-2 (the kernel version is 2.0.31)
  -- Good luck
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by:monster
ID: 1631449
I couldn't find anything in BIOS to disable COM2

And what exactly am I looking for in the /proc directory?
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by:monster
ID: 1631450
I couldn't find anything in BIOS to disable COM2

And what exactly am I looking for in the /proc directory?
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by:mike_stone
ID: 1631451
All BIOS setup programs are different, but there should be something to disable specific COM ports, and until you disable COM2, your modem will not be able to use it.  If you are running an older motherboard, there may be a jumper instead.  Another alternative would be to try setting the modem for COM3 or COM4.

/proc contains files which you can look at to see how your kernel views your system.  So, this is where you can check if it has detected and configured your COM ports.  You could also use dmesg to view the startup log:

dmesg | more

If linux encountered problems with your serial ports, you should see an error message to that effect in the output from the command above.
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by:monster
ID: 1631452
Man oh man this has become quite a mission......lol
I reset the jumpers to make the modem on COM3 IRQ5 i still dont get anything.
Also I did the dmsg | more thing it had one unknown pci device but i think it might be the soundcard since its an unsupported card the message that was with that is:
Unknown PCI Device (1274:5000) Please Read include/linux/pci.h
I read it and couldn't get anything outta it.
Now also I have the RedHat Linux Unleashed book and was looking through it and it said something about adding a modem was like adding a terminal so i looked through the adding a terminal part and it was talking about a mknod command but the modes and everything lost me do you know anything about this?
I hope im not driving you nuts with this stuff. Learning a new OS like linux seems to be quite a task :)
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by:monster
ID: 1631453
oh i though of something in BIOS there is a thing that asks about a plug and play OS its ON because of win95 could that be why the modem isnt working? and if it is can i turn it off and on between OS's without messing anything up?
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