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Re: [SLE] SUSE 9.1 - BAH!
  • From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 23:55:21 +1000
  • Message-id: <40AB6749.20408@xxxxxxxxxx>
Geoff Horn wrote:
On Monday 17 May 2004 16:44, Basil Chupin wrote:

Sorry folks, but to me v9.1 is a damn waste of money, and a pain in the
bum to boot.

I was really looking forward to getting 9.1 but now am sorry I got it.

The annoyances may be small (from those I found so far) but nevertheless
they point out the lack of quality control of the product.

Firtsly, v9.1 is NOT modem friendly. It may be OK for those using it on
broadband - and those who wrote and tested it on broadband - but for me
who is on a dialup modem v9.1 is totally useless.

I've had a "soft" modem connected to my second machine (the one on which
everything is tested before being applied on my main computer - this
one, the one I'm typing this message on) for over 6 months and I've had
no problems with it while running v9.0 was released. I even had no
trouble with it when I installed the Mantel kernels of the 2.6.5+
variety. But I install v9.1 and nothing works.

From 9.0 to 9.1 SuSE has apparently dropped the drivers for the Intel-Ambient 536ep pci modem and the Logitech Quickcam. Neither of these is so old as to deserve it! I managed to download and compile the sourceforge driver for the Quickcam, it installs and works fine. I've failed to compile the 536ep source for the modem. Isn't it a backward step for SuSE to drop support like this? There are few enough drivers for Linux as it is! Are there SuSE 9.1 drivers for these hiding somewhere else than the DVDs?

I could have included this in my original message but then it would have been too long and possibly with too much detail but- the internal modems I have use the Conexant chipset(s) so the drivers for them are available from

One of the modems is an HCF PCI modem. I've had it now for some 5 years and it performs faultlessly (outperforms some of the external modems I've owned/own). The other is el-cheapo HSF PCI modem (and this is the modem under discussion here) which I've been using without a hitch on SuSE 9.0 for some 7 months- until v9.1. actually have the new driver for it to suit the kernel in SuSE 9.1 but I don't know how Linuxant ever got it to work on 9.1 because there is no way it will work here. And I have just re-installed 9.1 again today just to re-check my earlier results.

They also have the generic driver which you compile to suit the kernel you have installed but the same thing happens as with the pre-compiled driver: no entry in /dev is created for the modem and so the modem is not recognised.

On v9.0 I was running kernel 2.6.5-73 and had absolutely no problems with the modem after compiling the generic driver for this kernel.


I am not young enough to know everything.

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