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Hi. I recently installed a usr 33.6 winmodem. everything works fine. I did notice however that something called nvram now loads, along with explorer and systray when I start Windows. i tracked this nvram down in the winmodem folder. its listed under version and called nvram manager.
Its in a list with other items. it says name: u.s robotics
Language: english  internal name: nvram  and theirs a couple of other items. so i assume this is a normal part of file of the modem. i just never saw it before and wondered if its kosher. thanks for your help. lisa
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NVRam is Non Volitile Random Access Memory. Basically, it's the memory that doesn't get erased after shutting off your computer. It's mainly used to keep track of devices that are in your computer, and often times when you install a component, you need to clear NVRam to get it to recognize the new piece. Not to common to show up there, but not unusual either.
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In general NVRAM is a chip or set of chips on a Modem which holds specific configuration information.

I believe the Winmodem uses your conmputer's System ram to provide that same function(since, I also believe, the Winmodem does not have physical NVRAM on the board). This was a way for US Robots and others to reduce the cost of the Modem for consumers.

The file which loads is probably the file that holds the "non volitile" modem configuration data.
If someone else is more versed on the Winmodem let me know if I have err'd on this.

John C. Cook
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