Wednesday 4 August 2004

Inspiron 5100 Winmodem setup

Just realised that my winmodem was not setup. Here is how I did it:

1.  Installed Smartlink Softmodem utilities and userspace driver
rpm -Uvh smartlink-softmodem-2.9.6-79

2. Edited configuration file to set Country
vi /etc/sysconfig/slmodemd

3.  Configured modem driver to load automaticially
vi /etc/modprobe.conf.local
Add 'alias slamr0 slamr'

4. Load the driver manually first time around
modprobe slamr

5. Start the userspace softmodem driver
/etc/init.d/sslmodemd start

6. Verify it's running
/etc/init.d/sslmodemd status

7. Link the device to /dev/modem to test with WVDial
ln -s /dev/ttySL0 /dev/modem

8. Test it

9. Configure an ISP connection
yast > Network Devices > Modem

10. Reboot and make sure it all still works

Your milage may vary as there have been many types of Softmodems put into Inspiron notebooks.  The 'lspci' output of my modem was:
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)

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