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Configuring Lucent software modems

Contributed by: Damian Steward
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

BeOS 5 supports software modems (a.k.a. “softmodems” or “winmodems”) from Lucent and PCTel. Most of them should work without further hassle, but there are many many different Lucent chipsets and some of them are trickier than others. If yours doesn’t appear in the Dial-Up Networking prefs panel automatically, try this.

First, turn off PNP in the motherboards BIOS.

In the modems settings, select “Lucent PCI V90 Winmodem.” Now when you click on “Connect via,” you should see a “Lucent” option alongside your serial ports.

AFAIK, the Lucent winmodems will use neither ‘serial1’, ‘serial2’, or any other ‘serialx’. This is because, unlike a ‘real’ PCI modem, there is no actual serial port included in a winmodem. The winmodem simulates a serial port in software, and a little bit of hardware. You should select the setting “Lucent,” if it is present.

If that setting doesn’t appear, then your modem is not being recognized for some reason. If not, go into the Devices prefs panel and check that a PCI communications device is present. It should have an IRQ assigned to it. If it doesn’t then you are out of luck. BeOS cannot use your modem for the present.

If there is an IRQ assigned to your modem then you should find out what IRQ and memory ranges are assigned to it by Windows (remember, you must have PNP turned off). Make sure the settings in BeOS match those in Windows. If they match, but still no joy, then you will have to use an external modem for now.

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