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    winmodems

    I have a so-called "winmodem"... I also have windows 98 and redhat installed on separate partitions on my comp....

    Is there any way I could get my modem to work with linux?

    I downloaded a program called wine that lets you run some windows programs in linux.... I was going to try to mess around with that and see if I could get my windows drivers to work somehow using that.... I don't really know enough about drivers and hardware configuration to know if that will work or not but I'm gonna give it a try...

    I was hoping for some comments/suggestions..... should I give up on trying to get it to work with wine? should I try to give up on trying to get it to work period and buy a new modem?

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    I was under the impression that winmodems are software based and will therefore only work with windows. However, someone who knows more about this than I do may correct me!

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    Winmodems should now be called "software modems" (at least IMO )because, thanks to Linmodems.org, a great deal work with Linux. Check to see if your modem is listed there.

    Wine won't work with drivers, unfortunately. It's meant only for programs.

    A new modem would be the best choice and would practically guarantee compatibility with every OS (assuming it's a brand-name hardware modem). They are, however, pretty expensive (I got one for $100 a while back), but don't rely on the CPU to do anything.

    Hope this helps...

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    Hey I wasn't that far off!

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    thanx for the help!

    I'll check that site out and see what I can find

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    Winmodems are software based, but there is still a basic chipset (Rockwell, PCTell, etc.) and based on the chipset, various open-source people and companies have devised software to make winmodems work in linux. They are called linmodems. One site has already been siggested. The newsgroups at redhat.com may be of some more help.

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    I appreciate the help..... I'll see what I can find at that site

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    Originally posted by matt2004
    I appreciate the help..... I'll see what I can find at that site
    Great!

    Post back here and let us know what you find and if you successfully get the winmodem to work in linux.


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