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Date:      Wed, 16 Oct 2002 10:01:04 -0700
From:      "Pookie" <madriax@garlic.com>
To:        "'Bruce M Simpson'" <bms@spc.org>
Cc:        <FreeBSD-hardware@freebsd.org>, <FreeBSD-Mobile@freebsd.org>, <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: Port Replicator
Message-ID:  <000001c27535$a1a11480$92038bd8@pookie>
In-Reply-To: <20021016110340.GI27166@spc.org>

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You seem like you know what your talking, all im trying to do with the
serial port is use my external modem, my internal is a dumb winmodem
thus  I cant use it. From what I understand I have 4 solutions to my
modem problems
1. Buy a port replicator
2. Buy a USB Modem
3. Buy a PCMCIA modem
4. Buy a USB-RS232 adapter

As far as my research goes a USB modem or PCMCIA modem seems best. I was
looking at /etc/defaults/pccard.conf and it had a decent list of USB
modems(I amuse they all work within FreeBSD). I could do this. Or get a
PCMCIA modem(pccard if im not mistaken). 

I don't have a lot of money so I buy something it NEEDS to work.
So my question is; What solution seems sense to you people and why. And
if you've experienced my problem, what did you choose, and be sure to
include make and model so I can go out and get the same :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce M Simpson [mailto:bms@spc.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 4:04 AM
To: Vladimir B. Grebenschikov
Cc: Pookie; FreeBSD-Mobile@freebsd.org; freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Port Replicator

On Wed, Oct 16, 2002 at 02:48:17PM +0400, Vladimir B.  Grebenschikov
wrote:
> Do not sure about your SONY, but on my VAIO PCG-Z505S I have absolutly
> not problem with port replicator with and without AC power.
> For me SIO chip actually located on Notebook  motherboard and detected
> not depending on plugging port replicator.
> If I really want to use COM-port I need connect port replicator with 
> db9 connector.

This sounds very similar to how my Z600 works (which works without a
hitch,
the sio chip is integrated into the notebook's chipset). I would imagine
the
FX series are similar.

If you have a free PCMCIA slot, though, there is always the alternative
of a sio card, which are available very inexpensively these days. I
would
recommend this over the use of a USB-RS232 adapter, because the ASICs
used by these products vary widely and may not have driver support.

BMS




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