What modem?

I want to buy an internal ISA modem to run Linux, therefore it cannot be plug and play.  Is there a good one that will work and is compatible with a compaq persario 5170?  Can I use this modem instead of the Rockwell HCF 56K Data/Fax PCI modem that I have now?  Otherwise where can I get this information?  Compaq's horrible web site is not a good answer.
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1cellConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you wil be able to use any modem in place of the HFC modem they install on Compaq's.  Also, you will see a lot better performance from it.  I would recommend a USR though most firmware based modems will performa about the same if you just want to get (can only afford) a generic.  Just make sure it's not a winmodem or a software based modem.  Chances are though that any ISA modem you get will be fine.
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rayt333Commented:
I agree with 1 cell, the USR is about the best but you will find usally a little higher in price too.
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1cellCommented:
hey Ray, gimme an email address, was wondering if you'd like to help me with something
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rayt333Commented:
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kinda easy to remember huh?
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rayt333Commented:
maddesa
On an added note, if you have phone software on the Compaq then the chances are good that the new modem will not work with the software, this is Compaq's way of trying to force you to use their OEM replacement parts.

On the bright side, the USR comes with Answering maching software, and Fax software that is much better then the Compaq stuff anyway.
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1cellCommented:
cool , thanks
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OttaCommented:
Take a look at: http://www.linmodems.org

for details about "winmodems" for Linux, and, of course, lists of "non-winmodems" which _are_ compatible with Linux.
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1cellCommented:
otta, without much experience with linuz, how do the "linmodems" function with windows or are they just windmodems which are compatible?
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OttaCommented:
1CELL, need I copy the contents of that web-site into this input-area?
I think that the web-site defines the "linmodem" project quite well.
I urge you to peruse that web-site.

Given that the author of this question has "accepted" an answer, please start a new question, so that this discussion doesn't clutter this question.
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1cellCommented:
ok fine, make me look for myself!  hehe
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