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NewCom 56k kifx (ESS) v.90 Modem (ISA)

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I have a NewCom 56k kifx (ESS) v.90 Modem (ISA) and luckily for me, NewCom has gone out of business so I can't get support from them. RedHat 6.1 does not see this modem or the COM port. The modem is on COM4. I have a 33.6 modem/sound card on COM2 that works fine.  
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As far as linux is concerned that modem is useless as it's a WinModem", which means that it doesn't have an AT command set and uses special driver code running on the host cpu to actually operate. There's a good discussion of WinModems of here howto.tucows.com/LDP/HOWTO/Modem-HOWTO-2.html#ss2.4
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Thanks, but I thought WinModems were PCI, didn't know that they could be ISA as well.
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As far as I'm concerned Winmodems & Softmodems are a plague upon mankind. Unfortunately some vendors don't clearly mark their modems as being of that ilk and the only way to be totally safe is to only buy external modems with an RS232 connection. Win/Softmodems exist as ISA, PCI, and now as USB implementations.
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