[clug] Getting a Slmodem to work on M912x tablet PC

Duncan Roe duncan_roe at acslink.net.au
Tue Jan 13 22:13:20 GMT 2009

Just a thought - what does lsmod show in Puppy Linux when the modem is working?
Are all these modules also present in Slackware?

Cheers ... Duncan.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 02:03:36PM +1100, Denise Bates wrote:
> Hello folks,
> I am having great difficulty in getting an external Netcomm Rave11 USB
> modem to work on a friend's Gigabyte M912x tablet PC. I seem to have
> licked all the other problems with the Slackware12.2 installation, but
> the modem has me stumped.
> The modem works "out of the box" with Puppy Linux 4.1.2 on this machine
> as /dev/ttySL0: No other distro that I tried does this, even with
> extensive fiddling. It seems to need /dev/slusb and it doesn't appear in
> any other distro that I have tried and none of the three types of driver
> installations seems to create /dev/slusb.
> Driver installation method #1.  I downloaded several versions of RPMs
> from http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/smartlink/ and "installed"
> them, both as RPMs and by converting them using rpm2tgz to do a "proper"
> Slackware install. No /dev/slusb appears. Modem is not recognised on
> reboot. Typing "slmodemd" produces a message that /dev/slamr can't be
> found (this appears to be for internal winmodems, not USB).
> Driver installation method #2. I downloaded drivers, resembling "source"
> files and tried to install them (make clean, make, make install). Modem
> still not recognised: result as above. I searched through the makefiles
> and replaced every occurance of "slamr" with "slusb". Same result.
> Driver installation method #3.  I manually copied "slmodemd" into
> /usr/local/sbin and added a few lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local
> /usr/local/sbin/slmodemd -c AUSTRALIA --/dev/slusb
> ln -s /dev/ttySL0 /dev/modem
> chgrp users /dev/modem
> Still no luck!
> I suspect that the solution is quite straightforward, as the modem works
> so well in Puppy, but I just can't see it.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Regards,
> Denise Bates <dbates at fwi.net.au>
> PO Box 516
> Goulburn NSW 2580
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