Winmodem Notification upon Installation

Registered by towsonu2003 on 2006-10-26

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      ohn installs Ubuntu on his winmodem-equipped computer. At or after installation, a dialog window pops up, saying: "The system has detected a SomeManufacturer SomeModel software-based modem on your machine. Unfortunately, this device is not supported by default. You may be able to enable support if you have access to another Internet-enabled machine, by following the instructions at [WWW] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DialupModemHowto".

This way, at least, the user would have some feedback that 1) the modem is there, and Ubuntu is seeing it 2) it doesn't work because it isn't supported, not because of black magic going on (and failing) in the machine 3) it can probably be made to work, and a pointer is given.

To implement this idea, we'll probably need something like scanModem (see the first paragraphs of DialupModemHowto), though possibly simpler than it, built in into the core distribution, with a friendly graphical Gnome/KDE dialog. While less useful than actually supporting the winmodems, I'm sure it's much simpler to implement, and would provide some important information to the user, who may at that point decide to go on and try installing the modem, rather than ditching Ubuntu at once.

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A better approach would be to make this hardware just work by default. See winmodem-support and soft-modem. -mdz, 2006-10-27
:I definitely agree. I proposed this as a workaround until winmodem-support was implemented. for example, this would go to feisty while someone was working on winmodem-support for feisty+1. thanks for the feedback :) -towsonu2003 2006-10-27

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