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New I am now less pleased with my laptop...
Man, I had been such a fan of my HP laptop until this point.

I figured until I get my winmodem working I'd just hook up an old external modem, right? Well I can't -- my laptop DOESN'T HAVE A SINGLE FUCKING SERIAL CONNECTION. The closest I have is my printer port, which I can't figure out how to make behave as a com port, so that's useless.

A bunch of HP Engineers were sitting around a table saying "nobody uses serial ports any more. They use USB for EVERYTHING. Let's just take the fucker out."

Bastards... :D
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New There are ways...
Does it have a PCMCIA slot? If so, one of [link|http://www.bb-elec.com/product_family.asp?FamilyId=23|these] might do the trick for you. They're not cheap though.

You can even get an [link|http://www.bb-elec.com/product.asp?sku=DC-WSP-01-S&TrailType=Sub&Trail=26|802.11 to RS-232 serial converter]. It's even more, of course.

There are probably cheaper solutions out there. This is just to indicate there are many ways to skin this particular opossum.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Scott.
New Holy crap!
For $100 I might be able to find an old PCMCIA modem-for-real-honest-to-God-modem on eBay.
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New You can get USB-serial adapters.
They're not expensive. Something like AU$40 in the stores here. Linux knows how to talk to them.

Wade.


Is it enough to love
Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please



-- "Anything but Ordinary" by Avril Lavigne.

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New Yep, that worked.
Funny, the only place around here I could get one was at Radio Shack... the guys at CompUSA swore up and down that they didn't exist. :P
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New there's a reason radio shack still exists.
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New Idiots - that's where I bought the Belkin unit I mentioned
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Steve
[link|http://www.ubuntulinux.org|Ubuntu]
New Either get a USB to RS-232 adapter or a USB modem
A quick google found [link|http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?SCriteria=AA34810&CartID=done&nextloc=| this adapter] for $10.50 and [link|http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=7&subcategory=40&product=266|this modem] for $50. I'm sure some searching around will get you what you need.

I had a belkin USB to RS232 adapter that 'just worked' with FC3 a while back, if that's any help.
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Steve
[link|http://www.ubuntulinux.org|Ubuntu]
New I've yet to see a USB modem that isn't a winmodem...
... but those converters look promising. Off to Radio Shack!
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New parallel to serial converters have been around forever.
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New Yeah, but the problem is
getting Linux to treat the parallel port as a serial port. I'm sure there's some file somewhere that I can edit that says "treat lp0 as ttyS0" or whatever, but the Google searches I've tried don't made any kind of sense at all to me...
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New (side note -- a sign that I am actually learning things...)
I was able to refer to lp0 and ttyS0 without having to look them up first. :)
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New We'll make a Linux wonk out of you yet! :-)


Is it enough to love
Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please



-- "Anything but Ordinary" by Avril Lavigne.

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New I have a couple ...
USB to serial adapters. They work with Linux. I've used about 10 different models. Seems to only be about 2 or 3 chipsets. All worked good, last year (March or so) was the last time I used one though.

If you want, contact me off forums (e-mail down below) and we can arrange for shipping and handling.

Or you can goto $ELECTRONICS_RETAILER and buy one for similar costs.

Or you can go online and buy one of many from sources. Similar costs, again.

And, yes USB has taken over that realm. The only *real* serial ports these days, are ones on motherboards that can re-direct console output to the serial port. They work regularly, too.


Also, a couple of other cheery things I'd like to chat with you about.
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Freedom is not FREE.
Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
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New Ominous...
"Also, a couple of other cheery things I'd like to chat with you about."

That sounds kind of scary. :)

Email sent.
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- Edward Young
New Replied back...
If you don't wanna, I'll just have to KEEEEL YOU^W^Wbuck up and deal with it.
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[link|http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry|REMEMBER ED CURRY!] @ iwethey
Freedom is not FREE.
Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
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New Haven't had a chance to check my mail yet...
... my employer has a rotating "block yahoo!/don't block yahoo!" schedule that I haven't been able to figure out just yet.
"We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
- Edward Young
New Oi! No probs.
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[link|http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry|REMEMBER ED CURRY!] @ iwethey
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Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
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     Linux-compatible modem question - (cwbrenn) - (33)
         Actually they're not all useless. - (bepatient) - (14)
             Alas... - (cwbrenn) - (13)
                 Did you try... - (Yendor) - (4)
                     cwbrenn do the lspci junk in Yendor's post. -NT - (folkert) - (3)
                         ok -- will try this evening -NT - (cwbrenn) - (2)
                             OK, this makes no sense at all whatsoever. - (cwbrenn) - (1)
                                 Re: OK, this makes no sense at all whatsoever. - (JayMehaffey)
                 Are you sure you're up to this? :-) - (static) - (7)
                     No. No, I'm really not. :) - (cwbrenn)
                     Net thread on this - (bepatient) - (4)
                         Thanks for a hint - - (Ashton) - (3)
                             This is not surprising. - (static) - (2)
                                 Thanks - nicely legible explanation. - (Ashton) - (1)
                                     It is an Intellectual Property concern. - (static)
                     Thou asketh - - - Modems... yeah.. RIGHT, (new thread) - (Ashton)
         I am now less pleased with my laptop... - (cwbrenn) - (17)
             There are ways... - (Another Scott) - (1)
                 Holy crap! - (cwbrenn)
             You can get USB-serial adapters. - (static) - (3)
                 Yep, that worked. - (cwbrenn) - (2)
                     there's a reason radio shack still exists. -NT - (Silverlock)
                     Idiots - that's where I bought the Belkin unit I mentioned -NT - (Steve Lowe)
             Either get a USB to RS-232 adapter or a USB modem - (Steve Lowe) - (1)
                 I've yet to see a USB modem that isn't a winmodem... - (cwbrenn)
             parallel to serial converters have been around forever. -NT - (Silverlock) - (3)
                 Yeah, but the problem is - (cwbrenn) - (2)
                     (side note -- a sign that I am actually learning things...) - (cwbrenn) - (1)
                         We'll make a Linux wonk out of you yet! :-) -NT - (static)
             I have a couple ... - (folkert) - (4)
                 Ominous... - (cwbrenn) - (3)
                     Replied back... - (folkert) - (2)
                         Haven't had a chance to check my mail yet... - (cwbrenn) - (1)
                             Oi! No probs. -NT - (folkert)

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