OK, this is my last try at this. I've reinstalled Linux about 50 times, tried everything I can find, including previous questions here. I guess I need a complete hand-holding and I'll give big points to the one that is willing to do it for me...
The problem is getting Linux to recognise my modem and keep it thru reboots. I have been able, about 50% of the time, to get it working by reinstalling linux but after I reboot it can't open the device again. First I'll give my system config then tell what I've tried. Please give me exact command lines to run whenever possible.
OK, system is homebuilt celeron 300a@464, Abit BX6R2 moboard (latest BIOS), 256 M RAM, IBM 12.9 GB harddrive (7200 RPM), Leadtek TNT2 video (32 M VidRAM, agp), KF230TX Fast Ethernet card (pci, which I don't need enabled in Linux), Kenwood 52x CD, RWD RW2224 CDR, SB AWE64 sound (isa), USR Sportster 56k modem (isa, com2, 02f8, irq 3). HD is partitioned as follows:
7.5 GB win98
23 M Linux /boot
1.5 GB Linux /
1.5 GB linux /usr
1.5 GB linux /home
133 M Linux swap
Com2 is disabled in the BIOS and modem is set to use irq3 (in bios).
Linux version is RedHat 6.1.
I partitioned with Partition Magic 5.0 and am using Boot Magic as boot loader (lilo installed in /boot). Everything works fine except the damned modem. Even sound works fine.
What I've tried: Multiple reinstalls (sometimes it works until I reboot even when I choose save current session), Linuxconf from both in and out of X, checking /proc/interrupts (irq 3 not listed), checking /proc/devices (can't figure it out but doesn't seem to be listed), doing a pnpdump> /etc/isapnp.conf then trying to edit the resulting file (modem is listed but I can't figure out what to do with this file, too complicated..)
I'm going to set the points very high for this because I'm sick of screwing with it. Please note that I'll reject answers that aren't very detailed. I think I've given enough system info to get exact command lines (I hope...)
I will start from a clean install of RH 6.1, never having been logged in and let you walk me thru from there....