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help on dial up modems

I have a IBM 2003 R31 laptop which I run in the city over a telephone line which has touch tone. The computer has a Modem Agere Systems AC'97 Modem(com3). Everything works fine in the city. When I take the computer to the cottage it will not hook up to the service provider because the phone is set up for use with pulse. All 2 other computers pre 2001 work fine but not my laptop. The desktop computer properties works with a \Conexant HCF V90 56K DataFax PCI mode. Can anyone suggest how I can possibly change a setting to make my newer laptop work at the cottage?
Thanks DJ

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Re: dial up modem

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This, of course, is totally dependent on the features of the modem and the modem driver. The modem properties (that you can reach via the external connections icon of your connection) should have a setting to choose between pulse and tone, if the modem supports it.
So all I can advise here is to go out and search for it.

Your might try to find a manual for that particular chipset on, but I'm not sure it's there. And they say "Agere Systems manufactures modem chipsets for V.90. The chip sets are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEM), who in turn builds the modem and should support technical questions.", which implies that they think that IBM customer support should answer your question.

If you can't solve this, and still want to use your laptop in your cottage, I'm afraid you will have to buy another modem. I've had a USB dial-up modem myself (when I still had dialup), and I suppose you can still find them. A perfect selection criterion: does it support pulse?

Hopet this helps.


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thanks Kees

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Kees..thanks for the reply. I'm a newbie with respect to different types of modems. My old IBM notebook used a 10/100 Etherjet PCI Adapter with Wake on LAN. It was a card that you slipped into the left side of the laptop and then a little connector was connected to the card and then other the end into the telephone line. I have a card slot on my newer laptop. Just wondering if I could use the old card in my newer laptop? Will it damage my newer laptop? Any help will be apprecaited. Thanks BBomber

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Re: modem

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If it fits physically, it's not likely to harm. But an Ethernet-adapter is quite something else as a dial-up modem, so I think you're confusing a few things. And, of course, you'll need to install the right XP-driver for it or it won't work at all, even if it IS a dial-up modem and it HAS the right connections.

Like BobB below, I really suggest you have look in the modem properties to see if you can coax this modem into pulse-mode. If that isn't available, I'd advise to take your laptop to the shop and let them tell you what you need to buy to be able to dial-up with it.


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Well you're correct..I have a driver but not XP so that won't work. Ok. I'll look at the properties again but I know they are not there. Is there an IBM address that I could connect for help? Thanks again Kees...Merry Christmas!!! BBomber

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Maybe easy???

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Start>settings>cont panl>modems>dialing properties.

Got a setting to flip between tone and pulse?

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bob b

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Thanks bob b for the directions on where to look. On my desktop there is a place to switch but I cannot find such a choice on the newer laptop.

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