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Saturday, 12 December 2014
I CAN'T SEE THE COMPANY WHO MADE MY MODEM! WHAT DO I DO NOW? 
If you know the company name - search using a multiple search site such as "DOGPILE.COM"

I HAVE UPGRADED TO XP WERE CAN I FIND DRIVERS?
Some company's are now releasing drivers but again you can use the default "standard modem" drivers, some "winmodems" will not work with W2000 (NT5) or XP (NT5.1), if you have just upgraded to XP and it does not find your modem, most Windows 2000 drivers will work with XP (not all).

 I HAVE A 56K MODEM BUT I ONLY CONNECT AT 42,600 BAUD! - DO I NEED NEW DRIVERS? 


In a word probably no! - if you can connect between 38,000 baud and up you are doing well!, there are many reasons why this may happen: 1. Noise on your phone line 2. Compatibility problems between your isp's modems and yours (even with the same protocol). 3. Distance between you and your central telephone office (cable loss). * Try - another dial up number, double check your dial up settings! 

IF NOBODY CAN FIND THE DRIVER FOR MY MODEM WHAT DO I DO?

The good news is if you use windows 95/98/Windows 7/8/8.1 you can use the "standard modem" driver that comes with windows, this will work with almost any modem (some exceptions).

IS THE "STANDARD MODEM" DRIVER AS GOOD AS THE MANUFACTURERS DRIVER?


Generally yes, most manufacturers send what is called an "inf" file not a driver as such - this tells windows how to configure the modem command string (information sent to the modem). Therefore the driver used is the same - UNIMODEM.DLL (driver) in most cases. 

WHAT IS A WINMODEM ?

This is very important to understand that these modems are not complete or full modems, They are software reliant modems and you should read the box carefully before you buy! - 1. Win modems do not have a UART chip, they rely on the windows system (95/ 98/ NT/Win 7/8) to control the modem. 2. Use extra cpu cycles (power). 3. Won't work with DOS, Linux (some), BEOS.

SHOULD I BUY ONE ? 

If you use only windows and have a 100 mhz + Pentium cpu and 32 mb ram - no problem! 

ARE THERE ANY EXTERNAL WINMODEMS?

 No only internal modems! 

WHICH ARE BEST ISA OR PCI MODEMS?

Some ISA modems give you the option to set irq and I/O levels or pnp set-up via software, but the advantage with PCI is the ability to share The same irq addresses without conflict problems. This is great if you have allot of different devices, and running out of slots!

WHAT ABOUT WINDOWS 3.1 CAN YOU HELP ME? 


Using Windows 3.1 ---

Hardware modems do not require a special drivers or INF files like  Windows 95/ 98 & NT.

Software modems or "Winmodems" will not work with version 3.1.

The standard Windows COMM.DRV is a high speed communications driver .

When using Windows 3.1x communication programs, you must setup each program for your modem.

If you can't find your modem on the list, choose Hayes compatible. 

 

To install an internal hardware modem in a Win 3.1x, first determine what ports are already on the system.


  • Install the modem to an unused Port and IRQ.
  • Then start Windows and start the Control Panel. Double Click on Modems.
  • Click on the Port you installed the modem on.
  • Select the advanced button and enter the correct address and IRQ that the modem was set to.
  • (Com 1 = 03F8, Com 2 = 02F8, Com 3 = 03E8, Com 4 = 02E8).
  • Restart Windows and then install your software selecting the same port the modem was set too.

To connect to the Internet, you will need your ISP's dial up program for Windows 3.1 (If they still have one) or you will have to use a TCP/ IP software program such as Trumpet Winsock.

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