Re: Winmodem test disk
I'm interested in this too, to the extent that I'd like debian-installer (new
debian install system that is going to replace boot-floppies, but may not
actually be out for a while) to support ppp, and modems, and ideally also auto
detect hardware. What you are asking for would be a large component of that.
Once debian-installer is more or less complete making a specific rescue disk for
your purpose would not be complicated, and we get the bonus of having someone
who is happy to maintain our modem support :-) . I can't say when
debian-installer will be ready for what you ask, other than, fairly soon,
depending on a variety of factors.
Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 05:20:14PM +0000 wrote:
> This is a request for some startup assistance. You can read the
> horror stories a few of us are trying to deal with at:
> Linmodem-HOWTO http://walbran.org/sean/linux/linmodem-howto-all.html
> or the archives:
> Basically most of the new laptops/desktops are coming with cheapie
> WinModems whose chipsets are hard to identify, and then probably do not
> have Linux support. It would be very useful to have a Debian style
> Rescue Disk just to run tests on such modem hardware. Thus Linux folk
> might be able to determine whether their IntendedNewBoxPC/Laptop has a
> chance of supporting Dialup under Linux.
> The following capabilites would be desirable:
> a) Minimal software to support mimicom, ppp and if space permits
> wvdail functionality.
> b) A menu supporting successive trials of candidate modem drivers
> which could be on a floppy disk, WinSwish or Linux partition
> c) fdisk -l (list) capability, but all other fdisk action Blocked so
> that Newbies couldn't be destructive.
> d) Menu callup of a succession of informative text files.
> This is not Deep work for someone experienced,and I could eventually
> work it out myself. But the Help would get out to the NewBies much
> faster with some help from you Install Disk experts. Once a first
> ModemTester Disk is made, I'll be able to do updates myself.
> Incidentally this laptop is currently serving for testing experimental
> drivers for the Lucent Winmodem being improved by Mark Spieth (Redhat
> installation) in Australia:
> koala:/home/marv# uname -r
> koala:/home/marv# lsmod
> Module Size Used by
> ppp_generic 12928 1 (autoclean)
> ltmodem 364960 1
> isa-pnp 27888 0 [ltmodem]
> Your help would be appreciated.
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