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Date:      Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:06:18 -0500 (CDT)
From:      Robert Bonomi <>
Subject:   Re: What dialup modem WILL work with 8.x and uart?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <alpine.BSF.2.00.1108230731390.21204@abbf.6qbyyneqvnyhc.pbz>

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> From  Tue Aug 23 07:33:23 2011
> Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 07:31:50 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Lars Eighner <>
> To: Robert Bonomi <>
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: What dialup modem WILL work with 8.x and uart?
> On Mon, 22 Aug 2011, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> >> From: Lars Eighner <>
> >> That's why I sprang for the 3Com which WAS supported by sio for years 
> >> and is NOT supported by uart since 8.x.  Why it is this device could 
> >> be supported for so many years, but somehow it is impossible on 8.x?
> >
> > The answer is "because it *iS*".  Whether or not you understand 'why' 
> > does't change that real-world FACT.
> >
> > The world changed.  The old driver -doesn't- work any more.  Because of 
> > architectural changes to other parts of the system.
> It is only natural for me to resist the conclusion that I have wasted 
> years of my time and poured trasure down a rat hole.

"Sh*t happens."  Live with it.

> >> I'll look at anything, but if I have to buy something, I want to know 
> >> it is actually IS working with uart, not that sort of should've.
> >
> > *sigh*
> >
> > If it is a USB serial port, it _doesn't_ use the uart driver.  And you 
> > avoid any limitations that it might have.
> >
> >> "drop-in repIacement" were the exact words used when I asked about it 
> >> the first time I heard sio was being dropped and was assured uart 
> >> would be a "drop-in replacement." But it is not, so theoretical "ought 
> >> to work"s are not helpful.  I'm looking for really actually does work.
> >
> > You've been told what actually does work.  I'm running 8.2 on several 
> > machines -- *with* working serial ports that live directly on the 
> > legacy ISA bus.  Using only the standard kernel drivers.  And doing PPP 
> > over those ports.  I'm not using a modem, just a null-modem cable but I 
> > could swap in a pair of _any_ type of hardware modems.
> Well, see, my question was about dialup, not null modem.

There is absolutely *zero* difference between a serial port using a null
modem and a RS-232 interface modem on that same serial port, as far as
the operating system is concerned.

I've tried to tell you what *will* work, and how to find appropriate hardware,
and all you want to do is argue with the help you're being given.

What you need to do is hire somebody to *do*the*programming* to port the
device driver you "require' to the newer version of the O/S.

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