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So I'm having trouble with this internal modem...
It's probably a winmodem. Winmodems suck for multiple reasons:
- Most of them lack drivers for Linux. Notice the term "most" and not
"all" -- see http://linmodems.org for
more about those few that do, and some general knowledge on the subject.
Last time we looked (Issue 63, "State
of the Art in Softmodems") only four models had any support,
and only two had vendor help.
- Since they aren't a complete modem without software, even if they
were to work under Linux, they'd eat extra CPU that could be better
spent on other things. So they'll never seem quite as fast as their
speed rating would imply.
- Internal modems (even those which bear complete chipsets) have their own
problems; they overheat more easily, and have a greater danger of harming
other parts in your system when they fail, merely because they're attached
directly to the bus. The tiny portion of speed increase that might lend
is not really worthwhile compared to the risk of losing other parts in
So, yeah, there can be good internal modems, but it's more worthwhile
to get an external one. It will often contain phone line surge suppression
and that may lead to more stable connections as well.
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