total linux newbie

Hey, guys. I have 1 important question to get me started with Linux.

If any of you would be kind enough to carry on this conversation with me via e-mail (on a non-point basis of course) that would also be great. E-mail

Anyway, here is my setup question.
In Linux, it won't recognize my modem. I tried creating a link to /dev/modem using LISA. When I go to query the modem in kppp it tells me it's busy. I'm using a LT Win Modem.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated to help me get started with this neat little OS.

Thanks SO much in advance.

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SuperMarioAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
I'm not 100% certain, but I believe you are out of luck.  Win modems are considered unuseable under Linux, and although there has been discussion of support for these modems, I haven't seen anything yet that would indicate you can use that modem.

A "hardware modem" is what you are looking for. 3com builds some excellent hardware modems -- but be careful -- some of theirs are Win Modems as well...

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SuperMarioAuthor Commented:
Oh, dammit.

Well, I guess I know what I'm getting for Christmas.


Sometimes you can pick up 3com 28800 modems almost for free, if you don't mind the reduction in speed.  Phone lines here are poor and the difference between those and 56K modems is neglible in my system...
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