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    12.04.1 Server 64-bit and Actiontec PM560LKI hardware PCI modem

    I'm not sure exactly which forum to post this in. But I'll start here since the first step is getting hardware to work.

    I'm trying to set up a dial-in server, so people can make dial-up connections to my network. (Reason: I do tech support work and have clients who need dial-up connections. All their access numbers are long-distance and might connect after the twenty-third attempt. I want to be done with troubleshooting those sort of connection problems, and have only my favorite local phone company to work with if there's further problems.) What I have so far is an old Acer Aspire T180, AMD Athlon 64 3800+ CPU, and 1.5GB RAM, running Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Server 64-bit. And, an Actiontec PM560LKI hardware PCI modem, which the manufacturer claims should work with Linux without needing any drivers. (http://www.actiontec.com/support/pro...ls.php?pid=145) But, I haven't been able to get Ubuntu to do anything with it at all, either in this machine or a Dell Optiplex GX270 Pentium 4 with Ubuntu 12.10 Server 32-bit. The modem can make calls under Windows, so I think the modem hardware itself is OK. Here's what I know so far.

    Code:
    karlin@ubuntu:~$ dmesg | grep tty
    [    0.000000] console [tty0] enabled
    [    0.408076] serial8250: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
    [    0.448589] serial8250: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
    [    0.493482] 00:08: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
    [    0.532723] 00:09: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
    [    0.576775] 0000:01:06.0: ttyS4 at I/O 0xcc00 (irq = 17) is a 16550A
    [    0.793798] tty tty2: hash matches
    
    karlin@ubuntu:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a1)
    00:01.0 ISA bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
    00:01.1 SMBus: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 SMBus (rev a2)
    00:01.2 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a2)
    00:02.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 USB 1.1 Controller (rev a3)
    00:02.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 USB 2.0 Controller (rev a3)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI bridge (rev a1)
    00:05.0 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
    00:06.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 IDE (rev a2)
    00:08.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 SATA Controller (rev a2)
    00:09.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0b.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0c.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6100 nForce 405] (rev a2)
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:06.0 Communication controller: LSI Corporation Venus Modem (V90, 56KFlex)
    01:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 12)
    
    karlin@ubuntu:~$ sudo setserial -G /dev/ttyS4
    /dev/ttyS4 uart 16550A port 0xcc00 irq 17 baud_base 115200 spd_normal skip_test
    
    karlin@ubuntu:~$ sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
    [sudo] password for karlin:
    Editing `/etc/wvdial.conf'.
    
    Scanning your serial ports for a modem.
    
    ttyS0<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 2400 baud, next try: 9600 baud
    ttyS0<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 9600 baud, next try: 115200 baud
    ttyS0<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- and failed too at 115200, giving up.
    ttyS1<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 2400 baud, next try: 9600 baud
    ttyS1<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 9600 baud, next try: 115200 baud
    ttyS1<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- and failed too at 115200, giving up.
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S2   S3
    ttyS4<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 2400 baud, next try: 9600 baud
    ttyS4<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- failed with 9600 baud, next try: 115200 baud
    ttyS4<*1>: ATQ0 V1 E1 -- and failed too at 115200, giving up.
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S5   S6   S7   S8   S9   S10
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S11  S12  S13  S14  S15  S16  S17  S18
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S19  S20  S21  S22  S23  S24  S25  S26
    Modem Port Scan<*1>: S27  S28  S29  S30  S31
    
    
    Sorry, no modem was detected!  Is it in use by another program?
    Did you configure it properly with setserial?
    I've also tried to use minicom to manually dial my second phone line. It never rings the phone, and minicom just times out and retries. What should I research next to get the modem working?

    And, after the modem's working, I'll have to do the dial-in server configuration. I've been researching mgetty and PPP settings, but most of the articles are several years old and not structured exactly like this version of Ubuntu. I'll probably have to start a new thread if I get the modem working and still can't get any of the server configurations to work.
    Last edited by karlinhigh; November 27th, 2012 at 07:41 PM. Reason: Link to modem manufacturer webpage

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    Re: 12.04.1 Server 64-bit and Actiontec PM560LKI hardware PCI modem

    Never mind. Debian 6.0.6-amd64 knows how to make it work. Thanks anyway.

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