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My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby DrPL » Mon May 22, 2006 10:15 pm

Well, its finally happened. After years of service, my trusty 3Com US Robotics 56k Faxmodem has died. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement that will work with SuSE 8.2 ?
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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby Rhakios » Tue May 23, 2006 6:58 pm

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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby DrPL » Tue May 23, 2006 7:06 pm

But would a modern modem work with an OS that is now 2+ years old??
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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby Rhakios » Tue May 23, 2006 7:15 pm

It's not a modern modem:

Compatible with virtually any PC - including models running DOS or Windows 3.1... Renowned for its reliable connections and ease of use, this popular controller-based modem


It's the same old 3com USR modem. It even looks identical to my seven year old model.

Indeed here is USR's support page for the modem (not hard to find as Novatech give you the manufacturer code).
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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby towy71 » Tue May 23, 2006 8:23 pm

Jeez they're still charging that much? If you're that desperate I have a fully functioning USR 56k Professional Message serial modem (complete with Windblows installation Floppies a CD and all the cables) that I would accept any reasonable offer for ;-)
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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby Rhakios » Tue May 23, 2006 9:01 pm

I suppose the thing is that the modem has such a good reputation that they feel that people will still buy it at that price. Novatech aren't always the cheapest and it might be available cheaper elsewhere, but I'm not going to go hunting around the internet for a better price, the OP can do that if he wants to.
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RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby towy71 » Tue May 23, 2006 10:15 pm

The one I have is almost brand new was installed and then the office upgraded to BB so the serial modem was, literally, chucked out and I rescued itas a backup for my own system, then I got BB, so the thing sits here!
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Re: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby johndough » Fri May 26, 2006 6:32 am

DrPL wrote:Well, its finally happened. After years of service, my trusty 3Com US Robotics 56k Faxmodem has died. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement that will work with SuSE 8.2 ?


hiya

well if its a PCI unit then TOPIC modems should work.

i have/had one and the code/driver is available for suse. at worst you may have to make a loadable module for it. the work of a mere minute.

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Re: RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby DrPL » Sun May 28, 2006 11:01 am

Rhakios wrote:How about a 3com USR External serial fax modem? :)


I bought one, but it doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions why would be appreciated!

I first plugged in the new modem and ran it, and then let Yast2 detect and configure it, but it had the same effect.

This is a sample of the ppp log file:

pppd: Modem initialized
pppd: Sending: ATDT08089933001
pppd: waiting for carrier
pppd: CONNECT 46666/ARQ/V90/LAPM-SREJ/V42BIS
pppd: Carrier detected. Waiting for prompt
pppd: NO CARRIER
pppd: Don't know what to do! Starting pppd and hoping for the best.
pppd: Serial connection established
pppd: Using interface ppp0
pppd: Connect: ppp0<->/dev/ttyS0
pppd: Serial line is looped back
pppd: Connection terminated
We are disconnected
pppd died: Loopback detection (exit code 17)
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RE: Re: RE: My trusty serial modem is dead :(

Postby Rhakios » Sun May 28, 2006 4:58 pm

Did you delete the old modem setup?
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Mon May 29, 2006 7:45 pm

the good news is however that allbran original is back in the shops :D
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Postby Rhakios » Mon May 29, 2006 7:46 pm

Keeps you regular does it 1sf (troll)?

Have another pie :D
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Postby shifty_ben » Tue May 30, 2006 12:27 am

1sf (troll) you owe me a new keyboard!! I was not expecting that and had just taken a mouthful of special Vimto when I was (un)fortunate enough to read your post

EDIT: I also meant to mention, before gumming up my keyboard, that I have a serial/parallel modem lying about, not sure if it works with Linux never got quite as far as testing it, but as it worked on 3.1 and 98 with no drivers I think it is safe to say it will. Assuming you are right you can have it for the cost of postage, its of no use to me. It should be possible to get your modem working though so thats a last resort offer ;)
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Tue May 30, 2006 8:26 pm

i just thought i'd mention it as i've just rediscovered it :D and now am very regular(about two posts a day :D )
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Postby Rhakios » Tue May 30, 2006 8:53 pm

Buy shifty one of these you tight git. It's the least you can do :P
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