Modem Blaster Flash isn't working !!! Help

I am kind of a linux newbie. I am using red-hat 6.1. I have a pentium 500 and it came with "Modem Master 9250" modem. I tried Kppp to configure my account and get online and now my modem didn't work, it worked fine in windows .. so I went got this new modem in market "Modem Blaster Flash 56k D15601-1". It didn't work either, they both aren't win modem I know that and they work fine in windows. Can any one please help, what's going on ... on query modem I tried everything /tts02 and /tts01 and ttsy03 and every single choise but no luck, it says "the modem is busy" or "sorry! the modem doesn't respond. Again I am sure these modems are not winmodem and they should work fine under linux but they aren't ...... Please help ...
yoranyo2000Asked:
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biardCommented:
Actually, I believe the Modem Blaster Flash is a Winmodem.  If you look at the specs on Creative's web site, unless it is an external modem, it requires Windows 95/98.  The external will use Dos, Win3.1, etc.  This implies (as with all external modems) that Linux and other OS's will work with it.  However, both the PCI and ISA versions of this modem require Win 95/98 (which implies no other OS's will work correctly, and thus a winmodem).  As for the Modem Master 9250, I can't find much info on it.  However, all of the other models of Modcem Master are winmodems (except the externals obviously).  See the following links for more info.

Creative Specs:

http://www.ctlsg.creaf.com/comms/modem56-v90/specs.html

Winmodems (Click "Show full list" and do a find on page from edit menu to find your modems - long list):

http://www.o2.net/~gromitkc/winmodem.html

Good luck (and if all else fails, return the Blaster and get an External modem - guaranteed to work).

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yoranyo2000Author Commented:
I went got me this new modem "Actiontec 56k Internal PCI call waiting Modem". On the modem's box it says supported OS's are win/3.1/95/98, OS/2, MacOs, and even linux. The modem installed fine in windows and works pretty well, and it's on Com 5. But when I went back to Red-hat, I saw there is no com 5 .. well I tried all the combinations and it say "sorry the modem is busy" ... Help please
This is happening because of my distro or kernel or what .... I just installed the official red-hat6.1... Again the modem is "Actiontec 56K Internel PCI call waiting modem" and it had support under lots of OSs ..
thanks for any help .. in advanced
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yoranyo2000Author Commented:
by the way if you want to check out there web site the URL is ...

http://www.actiontec.com/products/modems/cwi/index.html

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biardCommented:
I believe you, but likely the issue is the PCI part.  I would suggest that you enter your BIOS and disable the serial ports (both) and then boot into linux.  Perhaps at this point, the modem will accept a different port and irq.  Try all 4 (ttyS0 - ttyS3) to see what response you get.  Honestly, even though they say it is supported, it may only be in the newer experimental kernels.  I know there is support for PCI modems being developed (its still somewhat early) but you have to download the latest development kernel (not the latest stable one) and upgrade.  It's kind of a pain if it is just for the modem.  Also, there is the potential for unresolved issues in that kernel to pop up because it is not completely stable yet.  Again, I must suggest as the easiest solution an external modem, even an Actiontec is fine, but external.  Of course, if you do this, you'll need a cable as well, and you'll have to go back into BIOS and reenable the serial ports.
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yoranyo2000Author Commented:
So any external modem should work ????
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biardCommented:
I have never heard of any problems with an external modem.  They use the serail port's uart for flow control and communications.  There are no special requirements for them other than enabling the port in BIOS and configuring it for ppp in Linux.
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yoranyo722Commented:
this is yoranyo2000, I got me a new external modem and its working fine ... linux needs some hardware support really bad.
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biardCommented:
Why did you propose an answer to your own question under a different name?  Do you not wish to award me the points?
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yoranyo722Commented:
biard... man I am sorry. I will give you credit for this k ... tell me how to do that though ....
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biardCommented:
Oh, no problem.  I was just wondering what was up.

You may have to reject your answer.  Then you can choose the option to accept a comment as an answer.  Just pick one of my comments.  But you'll have to be logged in as yoranyo2000 instead.  If you lost you password, there is an option to have it changed at the login screen.  They mail it to you right away.  

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biardCommented:
Here's an answer!  Thanks, and good luck!
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