Modem and video card installation on Linux

Posted on 2004-09-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-06

I installed Red Hat linux 9 (kernel version 2.4.20-8) on my Compaq Presario 700, using an Athlon 4, and I have some problems with some hardware.

-My modem is a Conexant Intl Hsfi V92 MiniPCi and is not detected by Linux (neither at bootup, nor by Network Device Control).

-My video card is a S3 Graphics Twister K. My resolution is stuck at 800x600, and the view is stretched to cover the whole screen, thus giving a very poor appearence. When I try a higher resolution, I get the message that I should restart the X Server for the changes to take place, but when I do nothing has changed.

Can these problems be corrected?

Thanks for the help
Question by:thanasis57
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Expert Comment

ID: 12131365
You can get a driver for your modem at

Expert Comment

ID: 12132467
do ctrl+alt with - (minus sign) to reduce the screen size

ctrl   altr    -

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ID: 12133403
You may want to check out
It may or may not work for you

the driver is limited to 14.4k Unless you pay $15.00
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ID: 12145070
From the command Line have you tryed
running "kudzu" Thats should  find your hard ware and install it  if it has the drivers for both of your problems

for your video card i found the linux drivers
they are here best of luck

Author Comment

ID: 12153903

owensleftfoot, knollbert: You are referring essentially to the same site. However, the limited version has no installation instructions, so I couldn't get it to work in order to test it.

fulp02: Once more I need the instructions (where to save the drivers, etc). I tried kudzu, but to no avail. The quality was as poor.

Thanks a lot

Expert Comment

ID: 12154203
DId you download the Binary And try to run it . If you do not know how to do this
Download that video card driver from the site that I sent you the link for
then run these commands
"tar -xzvf Savage*"
Do not include the quote marks
And of course run these command to where you downloaded the file.
And Another thing Download the tarballs for kudzu it is a really good utility when You
don't know how  to install drivers for devices

Hopefully that will help if not i would go buy an older nvidia card for 40 $ and Install the NVida drivers they
have a very detailed instructions for it.

You know what Screw all that Stuff i Just typed if this does not work
Start out on the command line and issue the command
startx -geometry 1024x768 -
Now if that works you can
go find the  X86Free_Config File and Look for the line that set the resolution and change that.

and after all that it still does not work go bye the nvidia card and
by the way if you do not know how to get to the command line
it is Ctrl+alt+Backspace

Good luck man I rember when i just started with linux "SWEET MEMORIES NOT " 

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ID: 13110359
please refund my point, i haven't got the solution for this question

Author Comment

ID: 13119541
Sorry for the delay jmcq,

I got help from a friend with my problem, and neglected to close the question.

The solution for the video card was in modifying the grub.conf file:

title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
        root (hd0,6)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi vga=0x318
        initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img

and choosing a vesa driver type. This worked perfectly.

As for the modem I came to realize that it is a win modem. I tried fulp02's recommendation, but couldn't install the driver rpms. I gave up on that since I have an ethernet connection at work and an external modem at home.

Although I got no answer, could I give 50 points to fulp02 for giving me a good hint?

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