Getting My Modem Working In Linux

Hi;

I recently download the new Linux from Corel:
http://linux.corel.com/

My boss partioned my hard drive for me.  The other half is running win 98.  Its a Gateway box with a Pentium 2 packing 333 mhz, a 6g drive and loads of ram and a telepath x2 modem that has been upgraded to v90 technology.

Corel did a great job.  Its even easier to install then redhat.  I was able to get the whole thing going......accept for the modem, by myself.  Their KDE is a lot more user friendly as well.

Like I said, I can't get the modem to work in Linux.

I had a unix course YEARS ago in college, but it has been years since I touched unix.

Consider me a clueless newbie.

Where do I go, what can I do to figure this problem out?

Steve
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j2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The telepath is a OEM USR Winmodem, it will not work in Linux, no mather how hard you try. Buy another modem (preferably external)
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swwelshCommented:
kde has a program called kppp for setting up your dial up connection. If you can't get any results there, try running minicom from an xterm - it's similar to telix, qmodem and other dos programs - try to get a response from the modem. The ports on linux are /dev/ttys0 for Com1, /dev/ttys1 for com2, etc. Any special commands for the serial ports can be inserted in the rc.serial scripts in /etc using the setserial program. Try man setserial for more info. There is normally a softlink from /dev/modem to the tty port. Try ls -l /dev/modem to see if this is already set up and if it is correct
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Steve34Author Commented:
Are there modems that will work with both windoze & linux?  

If not can I keep my old modem for windows and have another modem in the same system for linux?

I'm hardware clueless.  What modems do you reccomend?

Why external?

Steve
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j2Commented:
Buy any external modem. It will work in both windows and linux. I personally recommende the 3Com Courier (previously the USR Courier) modem. Probably the best ever made? But any external Hayes compatible should work.

Or any internal ISA modem that is NOT a "Winmodem" "Mwave" "Rockwell HFC" or anything like that.

do NOT buy an internal PCI modem either.
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j2Commented:
and "why external" is simply because all external modems work regardless of operating system, since all the OS have to support is the serial port in the computer.
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Steve34Author Commented:
Cool.  Thanks for setting me straight.

Steve
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j2Commented:
No problem :)

Take a look at http://www.redhat.com/support/hardware/intel/61/rh6.1-hcl-i.ld-14.html  even if you do not run RedHat, this info is valid.
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