Knoppix not recognising BT Voyager modem

Q I tried the Knoppix Live CD, and it recognised almost all of my hardware except for my ADSL modem - for me, the most important bit of hardware by a mile. I have a BT Voyager 100 USB ADSL modem, which I received when I first went to broadband with AOL, and now use for my current ISP, Central Point. I have no idea where to go for drivers for this modem or how to go about installing them. The current drivers from BT also launch into the sign-on interface - would this come with any Linux- compliant drivers? I would like to install either Fedora or SUSE.

A The Voyager 100 is a popular modem, but it isn't supported by many Linux distributions. However, you can obtain drivers that will work with most systems. I'd suggest you head over to http://eciadsl.flashtux.org/download.php?lang=en and scroll down till you find the EciAdsl Nortek section. Now download the .bz2 file, and reboot to Linux. Copy the .bz2 file to somewhere like /usr/src and start a shell prompt:

tar -jxvf eciadsl-usermode-0.10-
nortek-alpha.tar.bz2
cd eciadsl-usermode-0.10-nortek-
alpha
./configure
make install
make cfg
cp GS7470_SynchFiles/gs7470_
synch01*.bin /etc/eciadsl

Now you have to configure the driver with the settings BT gave you. The VPI is 0 and the VCI is 38, and the password can be anything you want. When it asks you to choose a modem, type 10 and enter the chipset as GS7470. When choosing synch files, you want gs7470_synch01.bin. There is some other information in the tarball in case you run into problems, but this should be enough to get you up and running.

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