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Xircom Modem Mandriva

Xircom Modem Mandriva

Xircom Modem Mandriva

I just installed Linux Mandriva and wondering if there is a way to make my Xircom Modem work with this OS?

RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

Internal or external modem?

Internal it should have found during setup.  

External (serial port) should have been connected and powered on during setup, otherwise connect it and power it on and see if it finds it if you do a system restart.  USB it should find any time you plug it in and turn it on.  It should set it up as a generic modem if it doesn't know what it is.

Otherwise if you know which COM port it's on (assume /dev/ttys0) go into 'configure my computer' under hardware and see if you can add it in manually. That's assuming you're running one of the graphical desktops like KDE.


RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

I have a modem built in to the laptop and a modem from the PC card.  Both modems are not working.  Both ethernet ports are working.

RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

Linux isn't always happy with internal modems - especially the so-called "WinModems" that are designed for special functionality with windows to offload some of the modem processing to the CPU.  You may need to have an external modem.  You may need to check CMOS on the PC and make sure the modem is enabled - also try to set it up for COM1 or COM2 because Linux will like that better.  Hopefully there are no conflicts.

As for ethernet, it's kind of strange that most of today's ethernet ports would not be found.  Try doing  [ifup eth0] and see what kind of message you get.  I'm not quite sure of the syntax without looking but you may also try something like  [netstat eth0] and see what that says.

When you plug an ethernet cable into the port do you see heartbeat or activity lights of any Kind?


RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

Thanks Donb,  I have no problem with ethernet port.  The OS recognized it.  It is just the modem.  I'm new to Linux and thanks for telling me about the winmodem.

RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

I didn't read the ethernet thing right... sorry.

Note that it IS possible to still buy internal modems that have a full chipset on them, they are just considerably more expensive.  If the cost seems really reasonable it is probably a winmodem, but it might say somewhere on the box which type it is.  If the system requirements on the box say it's compatible with Linux (good luck) then you should be ok.  External modems should be regardless.


RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

Thanks Ben,

I think my modem belongs to the first URL Intel.  I guess Linux is not for dummy like me.  I used to double clicking on the setup file and everything loads itself.  I'm hoping you can give a little informations on how to do this.

Again, thanks.

RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

unfortunately I do not have that card nor the driver...

but generally, a TAR-Ball (extension TAR or TAR.GZ, e.g.), you would unpack the files into a folder, then open a terminal and navigate to that folder...

How to install Linux / UNIX *.tar.gz tarball files

HOWTO: Install *.deb *.rpm and Source Code Files.

that should get you started...


"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."

RE: Xircom Modem Mandriva

Thanks BEN,

I'll give it a shot.  The driver I downloaded has a tar.gz extension.

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