Confure my modem to work

I have a Cardinal modem thats works with windows 98  . I
use the kppp dialler and follow the directions to the letter in  linux -mandrake 6.5. I get no responce from the moden.
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Is that a winmodem?  If so, forget it.  If you know what the IRQ is for the modem in windows 98, then you should be able to figure it out.  Turn off the plug and play in your CMOS.  Then boot into Linux.  Select the tty* setting that corresponds to that IRQ.  More than likely it will be a ttyS* choice.  If you type pnpdump at the command line, you should see that Linux should recognize the modem.  That is a good sign if it does.  Try that.  In the PPP setup use the query modem for each tty* setting until the modem responds.  If it still doesn't respond, it is either not compatible or it may require a Linux driver, which I haven't ran into yet.
I concur that winmodems do not work in Linux.  Only a hardware modem, preferably an external modem work properly. Sometimes you have to have the correct init string from your isp to get the modem to dial.

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