Would anyone know how to mount an internal modem on Solaris on PC?
I followed the link and followed the setup guide but the thing is that the new internal modems do not have jumpers. So, I dug out an old 28K modem and when I fired up the Solaris I realized that I forgot the password. Also, I was told that we should have in a couple of months this AT&T at Home cable connection to the Internet so I might wait for that and see what I will need to connect to the cable.
I never have any luck with modems without jumpers and always get jumper-based modems.
BTW, jumperless motherboards setting also cause me more problems than they are worth. We just built a linux server on an Athlon 900MHZ CPU with ASUS K7V motherboard. At first I tried 'jumperless bio settings' but after a while an repeated failures, configured the board using the jumpers. Worked perfectly the first time with jumpers.
My experience with linux and other unix-like servers is that jumpers are always the way to go. Plug-and-play or 'jumper free bio settings' are very unreliable, from a configuration standpoint. This is just my experience.
You can purchase a used modem (at the speeds you are talking) for under $10 dollars with jumpers on board in your local computer surplus store on on ebay.
You are experienced with the hardware so you know what to look for. When you look for a modem with high speed (56K) how do you know it has jumper settings? You know that today you need fast modem so you don't fall a sleep at the browser, which modem you would suggest to have performance and jumpers as well?
A good starter is to avoid anything labeled as a "Winmodem" or "HSP" modem since these do the majority of the signal processing in the (normally Windows-only) driver software. This saves the manufacturer money because they do not have to add a separate on-board chip to do the processing. However, it makes them virtually useless for non-MS operating systems. I usually recommend to people that they use external modems, because these are generally better quality, and there are no "Winmodem" externals since the modem sends the data directly to a serial port.
However, since you asked about internal modems, you might want to check Sun's <A HREF="http://soldc.sun.com/support/drivers/hcl/index.html">Hardware Compatibility List</A>.
In the old days of the Internet 28.8 or 56 dialup was OK because graphics were low and their were many text based sites (text only). As you are well aware, the Internet growth has created more graphics-based sites, so I cannot recommend dial-up and modems for Internet connectivity.
If you have the service available (not sure where you live), I recommend a cable modem or DSL for Internet connectivity. Service may vary depending or area (as well as costs), but I highly recommend DSL or cable vs. dial-up modems.
If you don't have these services offered where you live and you must get a dial-up modem, the best idea is to call the ISP you are using and find out what modems they use. Normally two modems of the same type will connect at higher speeds in noisy environments vs. modems of different types and manufactures. So, if your ISP uses US Robotics XYZ, then you use the same, etc. if you want speed.
If you are on a tight budget, then purchase a used modem on eBay and ask the seller if the modem has jumpers for the IRQ and other settings. As PxT suggests, always check your computer operating system documention to see what modems are supported, if available. However, most will support Hayes compatible modems and the jumper settings makes it easy to set up the right IRQs to not conflict with other serial devices, etc.
[Edited by Neo on 03-13-2001 at 06:09 PM]
I do have a 56k Hayes modem but it gets hot and drops down to 2K speed. So, I replaced it with an internal ZOOM modem. I'll look into this sugested compatibility hardware and see what I can find there.
Thank you guys, George