View Full Version : Can Some One Help Me Get My Knoppix Connected To The Net???

08-28-2005, 09:14 PM
well i really just don't kno a whole lot about linux or how to get it to connect to the internet. i am running knoppix 3.9 from the cd and i have a 56k AC-link voice modem and i'm not sure but i don't think knoppix recognizes it or not but i also don't know what i am doing so that could be the problem can anyone help me with getting me connected?

08-30-2005, 12:25 AM
well i guess i put this in the right forum?? but i can't belive no one can help me. Huh weird! :roll:

08-30-2005, 03:48 AM
can anyone help me PLEASE i would really like to sontinue using Knoppix but i can't figure out how to get it to connect to the internet. I really like linux more than wondows but as of right now with no help have to resort to using windows. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

Harry Kuhman
08-30-2005, 04:32 AM
It's likely that no one knows what a 56k AC-link voice modem is. Is that a brand name?

You might want to help yourself, there has been a lot of talk in this forum about the issues of using winmodem type modems in Knoppix (if that's even what it is), what is supported and what is not. Reading through the old posts is likely to bring you up to speed fast.

08-30-2005, 11:48 PM
well it's a gateway pc and the modem is an onboard modem it's not pci if that helps at all. but at least thanx for the reply! i'd just like to kno if i can use knoppix with my modem or not. Also i guess i would like to kno of and linux distro's that run off of cd's will work with my modem or modem type?

Harry Kuhman
08-31-2005, 12:40 AM
pci isn't the issue, but if it's motherboard based it's almost certainly a software modem or "winmodem". Some chip sets of these modems are now supported in Linux, but not many. For more information you might want to use the forum search features and look for winmodem, win-modem or "software modem". It might also help you to know what modem chipset your motherboard uses. I'm still not clear on what AC-link means. Maybe a Gateway owner can tell you more, but I suspect there are plenty of different chips used in different Gateways, so without more information you are still making it hard for people to give you quality feedback.

08-31-2005, 03:30 AM
If you have Windows installed on your computer, go into Properties in
your modem setup... it should tell you the kind of Chipset the modem

Post that information here and I'm sure you will find out in quick order
if it is supported or not. If not in Knoppix -- perhaps in another suggested
Linux flavour. If it reads SmartLink or Lucent / Agere you are probably
in luck. Actually there are quite a few supported -- you just need someone
to point you in the right direction -- you have to supply info first!

Even though serial modems (expensive :cry: ) work best in Linux, the right
$10-$15 lin-win modem works great...

08-31-2005, 04:27 AM
sorry if this is the wrong thing but i found this "hardware ID: pci\ven_8086&dev_2416&subsys_0012107b" is this any help because you weren't too clear on where i would find out what my chipset is reply back and tell me how to find it a little clearer. Thanx for the help!

08-31-2005, 04:31 AM
oh i also thought this might be something to help "PCI bus 0, device 31, function 6" it says it's a pci card but i have had my Pc open many times and there is no pci modem in there that i can see i'm sure it's on the motherboard i did have a sys-link ethernet card but i removed that to make room for my nvidia video card.

08-31-2005, 07:07 PM
OK.. I might have mislead you a little bit here. Let me say this before I go further.
Using a software modem is not equal in every Linux Distro. I found this out after
playing with several different ones. In some, the process is easy, and in others it is
pretty close to impossible if you have little Linux experience (like me).

In Windows you need to go to the "Control Panel" and then follow "Administrative
Tools", to "Computer Management", to "System Tools" and look under the "Device
Manager" for "Modems". Mine is listed as "PCtel HSP56 MR"... Go the the Modem
Listed and back-click to "Properties".. it will bring up a menu for the modem function.
You should see information under the "General" tab and if you click on the "Diagnostics"
tab you can "query" the modem for more info. And that's about as much information
you can find about your modem in Windows -- and it can be misleading sometimes.

Let me explain briefly. In this computer my PCtel modem is actually a "riser Modem"
on a very small card (mini PCI slot). I know it is a SmartLink chipset because I discovered
this by accident when trying out a Linspire (free) "live" CD and it just was there... which
saved me plugging in a serial modem and made me very happy. To keep this as short as
possible: Eventually I discovered I could use any SmartLink chip modem (PCI) in Kanotix
as well (Knoppix clone). Didn't start by itself, but Kanotix has support built-in if you go to
a Terminal and (as root) type "/etc/init.d/sl-modem-daemon restart". I cannot find this little
add-on in Knoppix.

Hope I haven't lost you yet. Back to my finding for "PCtel HSP56". I "Googled" this and found
out you can use "slmodem" (SmartLink) driver in Linux... but you will have to get up to speed to
figure out what to do.

The bottom line is that quite a few software modems will work fine in different versions of Linux.
Is is very confusing -- oh yeah! If I were you I would try a couple of different live Distros and see
if any work -- whole lot cheaper than running out and buying a serial modem. My understanding is
that Mepis will work (out-of-the-box) with Lucent/Agere chipsets as well. On my wife's computer;
she uses Linspire (easy), it was simply a matter of buying a SmartLink PCI modem ($10) and firing
it up -- it was already to go and works great. A genuine "Linmodem" :)

I know it is confusing and urge you not to get discouraged. Not enough attention is paid to modems
in Linux. It seems that seasoned Linux users are just too quick to discourage you from using a
software modem you already have. In my case I have several computers to play with (retired) and
only 2 serial modems. I just got tired of switching cables -- was delighted to discover I could use a
$10 sw modem and get great performance. Like a lot of people I don't have access to hi-speed internet,
so modems are important to me.

If I rambled a bit -- sorry. Make sure you go to this and other forums and do a "search" for software and
winmodems. Some of the information is a hair mis-leading so keep an open mind as you learn.

Hope I've helped -- even a little bit.

09-01-2005, 03:51 AM
well i keep just coming up with the fact that my modem is a 56k AC-Link Voice Modem thats all i ever see about it it's a P.O.S. i hate it i wish i could run linux successfuly. hey do u know if DSL(Damn Small Linux) will respond to my crapy modem any better or even Puppy Linux or for that matter any distro i would have a good chance of my modem working with it. Also why is it that linux can't use a normal friggin modem why does it need a special modem that to me seems a little rediculous. i mean they can program up this kickass OS and then say hey i don't feel like letting anyone use a normal modem they need to buy a special one just to use it. thats what discourages people to use the easy to use windows OS i am real close to just giving up too it's just to much work. OHH and i have damn small linux and i got one version of it where u can run it right in windows so i just leave my pc connect and then launch DSL and that is the only way i can use linux online which wouldn't be so bad if 1. it was full screen 2. if it didn't run like a snail 3. well the first two made the point. it's just to hard to run linux well get connected anyways!!

sorry for the rants i just really would like to give up windows alltogether i think that linux is a great OS it just needs some MODEM support improved greatly!!

Harry Kuhman
09-01-2005, 04:06 AM
...hey do u know if....
We don't really know what your modem is, so giving good feedback there is going to be hard without your help. One can usually disable an on-board modem and install a PCI modem, and there are some cheap software modems that Knoppix apparently supports (read through this forum to find recent mention of some). But it sounds like you may have short changed yourself on slots too with that Gateway, since you talk about removing your ethernet card to make space. If that's the case I would consider if I wanted to try to put any more money into that system, even for a dirt cheap software moden card.

09-01-2005, 04:33 AM
why is it that linux can't use a normal friggin modem why does it need a special modem that to me seems a little rediculous
This is very nice site for you - http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/ .

Harry Kuhman
09-01-2005, 05:16 AM
why is it that linux can't use a normal friggin modem why does it need a special modem that to me seems a little rediculous
Linux can use a normal modem just fine. It' a special cheap crappy modem made for windows only that sometimes gives it problems, although people are slowly resolving issues and getting more of these working.

09-01-2005, 05:54 AM
56k AC-Link Voice Modem ** thats all i ever see about it it's a P.O.S. *** why is it that linux can't use a normal friggin modem why does it need a special modem !!

A search of the Web tells a lot about this modem.... Gateway computer integrated.... looks like a Conexant chipset.
There is some support for this in Linux if you go looking -- no magic!

Your "software" modem is NOT a normal friggin modem. It was made for Windows and Windows alone. The fact there's a Linux driver available means someone has taken the time and effort to do this. Manufacturers don't often write Linux Drivers, with the Exception Of SmartLink (look on their company web-site for Linux Driver). And I'm sure your realize that MS doesn't often write drivers themselves.... they let the equipment manufacturers do that for them.

What you see to be a problem is real simple to me: Look for a cheap external modem or buy a $10-15 SmartLink PCI modem, or you can fool with the built-in AC-Link modem until you get so pi_sed you throw everything in the garbage.

Why don't you try for a used serial modem -- with the popularity of hi-speed internet, there's a ton of them for sale right now. When I started using Linux, I can assure you I didn't try to use a software modem first. You shouldn't be blaming Linux for your modem problem. Now you don't really want to go through life with just Windows & Gates -- do you??? :lol:

09-01-2005, 10:17 PM
hell no i am beging to hate windows. but any ways are u trying to say that there is support for my software modem on different linux distros or what??

10-31-2005, 02:08 PM
Maybe too late: your modem is: http://www.modem-help.com/search.php

intel huh? so you click on chipset page: http://www.modem-help.com/chipsets.php?mid=120&nbd=4483
and then click on the chipsets there: (maybe?) but if you look a bit further down the page, yay!
and then onto another page: yay!
2.4 kernel support only[hmm]
now (further down the page) click
and conexant wants to install the driver 'for me!' (you don't usually get that, i don't think)

but going to linmodems.tech, (learning, abit), downloading scanmodem, (instructions pertinent!) and doing that stuff, -compiling it, installing it, whatever has got to be fun/fruitful if you ever want to/"have to" do it all again (for a friend??)

don't be scared, linux is hellishly better, and "have you tried vbscript lately" eek the learning curves! haha, bi

10-31-2005, 02:10 PM
"crap!, did i mention i cut and pasted it (ven_%&%* &pci_^%$%$ &sub_*^%blahblah) into google?"