PNP modem woes

Mark Ovens markov at
Mon Jul 26 22:55:21 BST 1999

On Mon, Jul 26, 1999 at 10:04:01PM +0100, Paul Rose wrote:
> I got my first convert so to speak a few weeks ago, and helped
> him install FreeBSD on server at home, which had an old ISA modem
> in at the time; for which I setup (userland) PPP. Having left 
> quite content, a week or two later he bought a PNP modem, and since
> then my friend has been unable to get it to work. I've made several 
> suggestions, and read through the handbook, but not being too
> familiar with PPP and modems under FreeBSD am not doing to well
> at helping over the phone. :(
> The PNP modem works fine under windows (his machine dual boots),

This sounds horribly like a WinModem. If it is then it's not going
to work under FreeBSD. It requires Windows, as the OS performs the
function of the hardware (DSP?) in a real modem. Check this out
before wasting any more time with it (if it doesn't say explicitly
in the documentation, a clue that it *isn't* a Winmodem is if it
can work under DOS).

> so its just a case of getting it configured under FreeBSD.
> Initially the modem wasn't found when it booted, so he followed the
> instructions in the handbook, obtaining the hexcode from performing 
> pnpscan -v, and added it to the structure siopnp_ids in 
> /sys/i386/isa/sio.c. Installed the new kernel, and it still
> wasn't detected. After getting him to boot with boot -c, to enter
> the 'pnp ...' line, he claimed he wsa unable to get this to work
> too - I haven't got the exact line that was entered though. :( 
> In the process of doing this though he enabled sio2 and sio3, of 
> which sio3 was detected when it booted; where his modem is on the 
> equivalent of under Windows.
> Having got him to check the appropriate devices were under /dev,
> he changed /etc/ppp/ppp.conf. When he starts PPP it hangs, and 
> then fails. He believes that his modem might not work under the 
> 'generic' entry in /etc/modem but not knowing much about getting 
> modem's and PPP working under FreeBSD I'm beginning to flounder. :(
> He's running 3.2-RELEASE, and his /etc/modem file is the default
> from the install, and /etc/remote is the same, apart from copies
> of entries for /dev/cuaa1 duplicated and changed for /dev/cuaa3.
> It's a Dynamode modem, and he believes that it is an AT&T. 
> I know I haven't given enough details, but I'm not entirely sure 
> what else is appropriate, and the obvious problems of relaying 
> someone elses problem (when you can't look at it yourself) adds 
> to the lack of it. I've had a good look through the freebsd-questions 
> list, and also DejaNews, and can't find anything of much more help 
> than I got from the handbook and FAQ. So any suggestions or ideas 
> would be welcome.
> Thanks,
> P.
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