[kwlug-disc] usb modem on linux?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Sun Apr 4 10:39:26 EDT 2010

I'm setting up a computer for my sister who lives in a rural area.  
Couldn't get the installed modem to work, so I bought a US Robotics USB 

Under mandriva 2010, I can't get this to work.  The modem is listed as a 
us robotics modem under the 'unknown' category in the hardware gui, so 
it seems to know that it's there.  But when I try to set up a network 
connection I'm having all sorts of problems.  I've got two types of 
connections I've tried, G3 as well as Analog phone/pots.  Under the G3, 
it actually names the modem, asks for a pin number that I leave blank, 
then errors out under a 'insert a sim card'.  No idea there.  If I use 
analog phone, it goes all the way through, but doesn't connect.  (under 
analog it asks me for the port, i.e. tty0/com1, 
tty1/com2...../dev/modem.  And I've tried a number of them, to no avail). 

Any pointers on how to make linux see the modem?  I'm stumped.

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