Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 188109
network-config-sys: modem not found
Last modified: 2008-04-10 17:10:43 EDT
Description of problem:
Neither kudzu nor network-config-sys can locate pcmcia 56k modem in a Dell laptop.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
every time; both fc4 and fc5.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Click on system settings on GNOME desktop
2.Select "network" from dialog box
3.Select Modem connection from dialog box
4. See next dialog box "Searching for Modem."
Actual results: "system cannot locate modem."
Fedora Core 3 permits configuration of "eth0" on installation, and "ppp0" after
installation. FC3 not only finds the generic (Robotic) pcmcia modem in the
external slot with KUDZU, but also finds the same device from the GNOME
network-sys-config window. It identifies the port as ttyS3 and proceeds to
accept phone number, isp and password normally.
FC4 and FC5 do neither. If Kudzu is installed, it is not activated during
installation, or if it is, it does not report the modem card. I do not
understand why network-system-config will not detect the modem and identify a
The same issue presents in FC6 and the FC7 just installed.
FC7 includes updates for kudzu and pcmciautils which may impact the
With an installation fo FC7 from a "live' disk, and after downloading 154
updates to that version of FC7, I once again attempted to configure my pcmcia modem.
This time it worked. I dialed up my ISP and made a 28kbps connection.
After trying another (Ubuntu) distro, and reloading Fedora 7, it failed again.
I will wait for Fedora 8 to see if it will be possible for the kernel to
recognize a pcmcia modem, configure it, and successfully dial-up for a connection.
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Thanks for your reply. I have stopped trying to use the 56k pcmcia modem. I
have seen a USR modem that will connect to the Universal Serial bus, which
current Fedora versions might find addressable.
I am using a USB wireless adapter with the laptop under ubuntu 7.10 successfully.
Thanks for your update.