Posted 06 October 2006 - 10:34 PM
First, a little history. I've recently dual-booted Ubuntu/Linux with my Window's XP, made new partitions, etc. My internal winmodem was not supported by Linux, no drivers available. It was suggested that I purchase an external 56k serial modem as I'm on dial-up if I wanted to use the Internet. DSL and broadband cable are not available in this rural mountain area at this time. I have a 2 year old Compaq Presario desktop, 80 GB, 512 RAM with XP Home.
I just purchased a Zoom #3048 External 56k Serial Modem that advertises to be compatible with just about everything in life, including Linux/Unix. I installed it per the manual. It just kept shutting Window's down before it had a chance to even boot completely.
I called Zoom Tech Support. He verified that the new modem wasn't going to play nice with 'my' Windows. My options were to take the modem back to Staples, try a beta scaled down version of their driver - or try removing my internal winmodem and reinstalling the Zoom. Well, I did the latter, no difference, still brought Window's to it's knees. I can't see using a bare bones driver for a unit I payed $75 for, especially since I would not get the "Modem on Hold" and other features.
I even tried installing it directly to Ubuntu; no luck there, either. Does anyone have any idea what's going on here and what options I might have? I'm pretty new to modems, so please be patient with me. Thanks.