minicom freebsd 8.0
fbsd1 at a1poweruser.com
Wed Jun 2 08:32:36 UTC 2010
akash kumar wrote:
> Can some one help me with the steps configuring minicom on freebsd 8.0.
> I have a serial to usb converter running between my board and host machine.
I take it a minicom is a external serial modem for internet access over
the phone lines.
First off you better check if this is a windows modem.
Phone modems are manufactured for two target markets, MS/Windows
(Winmodems) and every thing else. Winmodems are cheep because the
hardware controller function is handled by the software you have to
install into MS/Windows. This hardware controller function is normally
contained in a chip on the modem circuit board. Winmodems are missing
this chip and directs the modem to use driver software running in the
MS/Windows system to perform the controller function. The most common
Winmodem chips are manufactured by Lucent. There are many versions of
this Lucent chip resulting in each chip version needing a different
MS/Windows software driver version.
Up until version 4.4, FBSD did not have any solution to using Winmodems,
but with the release of 4.4 the ports collection now contains the "Linux
Winmodem 'ltmdm' driver" which was ported to FBSD. This port is very
poorly documented, only works with a limited number of Lucent chip
version, and can be somewhat unreliable. Your whole Internet connection
is managed by your modem and trying to shoe horn a modem specially
manufactured for the MS/Windows operating system into FreeBSD is not the
way to achieve a satisfactory dialup Internet connection.
Plug the usb to serial converter into a usb port on the pc.
Plug the serial cable into the modem and the converter.
Power on the minicon, and boot your pc.
Check your boot messages for the address of the usb to serial converter
and use that address in your ppp config for dialing your ISP.
If you can't id the address you need, then post your boot message log
here for next step in help. Use dmesg > boot.msg.file to get a copy of
the boot log.
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