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Posted on 2001-08-22
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hello, everyone,

  my pc has an internal modem
  56K ITU V.90 PCI FAX/Modem(shipped with my eTower400i2 machine).
  How can i know if it is supported by RedHat 7.0?
  I tried once and got message like: linux cannot detect any modem.
  Is this because the modem is winmodem or i need download the rigth driver for the modem working in
linux?
  BTW, how can i know if my modem is winmodem?

Thank you
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There is no easy way to detect if a modem is a winmodem, but if its internal and PCI then it probably is. Winmodems shunt some of the job of the modem on to the CPU instead of doing it themselves so you need special software that will do that job.

You might find this website helpful: http://www.linmodems.org/

If it turns out your modem is unsupported (which is very likely) then your best bet is to buy an external modem that connects through the serial port. Any modem that does that should work and I have had great success (and reliability) with the Dimond SupraExpress Pro 56e modems.
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Hello, dorward,

    Thank you very much for your reply. If you don't mind, i have another question.
    When you bought the external modem( the one like your Diamond Supress Pro56e), did you get two sets of drivers shipped with the modem?one for Window98 and the other one for Linux RedHat? Or i have to download the drivers from the website?
    I am really new to Linux and i wish you can help me.


Thank you.


Huer
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You don't need special drivers, the ones built in to the Linux kernel work fine (becuase hardware modems all work the same way).
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