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-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Smith <smithg@calguard.ca.gov>
To: Khimenko Victor <khim@sch57.msk.ru>; vladimid@red.seas.upenn.edu
<vladimid@red.seas.upenn.edu>; mj@ucw.cz <mj@ucw.cz>
Cc: barbacha@Hinako.AMBusiness.com <barbacha@Hinako.AMBusiness.com>;
linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu <linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu>
Date: Saturday, October 24, 1998 12:12 PM
Subject: RE: PCI Modem Support

>The simple fact is yes there are a lot of cheap PCI modems out there. But
>here is the problem. I have not successfully found a driver that will work
>on any two PCI modems. It seems that every manufacturer make them slightly
>incompatible from the next. I still use my old ISA modem for its
>reliability. The PCI modems just don't have the same eligibility or
quality
>as the ISA (I could be wrong).
>
>I would not waste as much time working with PCI modems as I would trying to
>get USB to work. The way that I see it is the PCI modems is just the step
>between ISA and USB.
>

The problem with the USB only approach is that it will lock us Linux Users
into using external modems only. For one this means paying twice as much
for a modem as externals are naturally going to be more expensive. Besides
which there is still no garantee that USB will take off, not to mention that
I have seen nothing but problems with the various few USB devices out there.
PCI is a much more well know and stable interface.

>If you can get a universal PCI modem driver working under any OS then you
>will undoubtedly make some serious cash.
>
>Gary Wayne Smith
>
>This is my opinion, there are many others like it but this one is mine.
>
>
>



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