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Bug 22299 - Ebuild for PCTel-based linmodem
Summary: Ebuild for PCTel-based linmodem
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Dialup Developers
Keywords: EBUILD
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-06-05 15:20 UTC by Mark Wagner
Modified: 2004-11-09 12:03 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Ebuild (pctel-0.9.7.ebuild,983 bytes, text/plain)
2003-06-05 15:21 UTC, Mark Wagner
Diff to add auto detection of new modem (pctel-0.9.7-82801DB-gentoo.diff,298 bytes, patch)
2003-06-05 15:23 UTC, Mark Wagner
Details | Diff
Diff to Makefile so it obeys sandboxing. (pctel-0.9.7-sandbox-gentoo.diff,991 bytes, patch)
2003-06-05 15:24 UTC, Mark Wagner
Details | Diff
Modules file (pctel.modules,449 bytes, text/plain)
2003-06-05 15:24 UTC, Mark Wagner
pctel-0.9.7.ebuild (pctel-0.9.7.ebuild,1.60 KB, text/plain)
2004-09-26 01:58 UTC, Alin Năstac (RETIRED)
pctel-0.9.7.ebuild (pctel-0.9.7.ebuild,1.49 KB, text/plain)
2004-09-26 04:09 UTC, Alin Năstac (RETIRED)

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Description Mark Wagner 2003-06-05 15:20:37 UTC
Here is an ebuild for PCTel-based linmodems. Tested on a Dell Inspiron 600m.
Comment 1 Mark Wagner 2003-06-05 15:21:54 UTC
Created attachment 12845 [details]
Comment 2 Mark Wagner 2003-06-05 15:23:16 UTC
Created attachment 12846 [details, diff]
Diff to add auto detection of new modem
Comment 3 Mark Wagner 2003-06-05 15:24:03 UTC
Created attachment 12847 [details, diff]
Diff to Makefile so it obeys sandboxing.
Comment 4 Mark Wagner 2003-06-05 15:24:40 UTC
Created attachment 12848 [details]
Modules file
Comment 5 Mark Wagner 2003-06-30 11:59:50 UTC
I've given up on this POS Winmodem.  I bought a real modem.
Comment 6 wolfwood 2003-09-06 00:56:42 UTC
I'd like to request that this bug be kept around, since I have an IBM X31 that uses a modem supported by this driver, a 0x24c6, also: Mark, have you looked at these two entries in the PCTel Linux compatibility database ?

They both talk about changing "#define PCI_DEVICE_ID_* 0x2486" to "#define PCI_DEVICE_ID_* 0x24c6" in either ptserial-2.4.7.c or amrmo_init.c
Comment 7 Mark Wagner 2003-09-06 15:25:28 UTC
Yes, I saw that info on the PCTel Linux compatibility database. I guessed that changing the line was a hack which prevented people with 0x2486's from using the driver. The Dell laptop I had (Inspiron 600m) has a I855 chipset, not an I845.

Looking more closely, I was curious about the use of the PCI_DEVICE_ID_I845, thinking it would be appropriate to create a PCI_DEVICE_ID_I855. However, the only use of PCI_DEVICE_ID_I845 is in ptserial-2.4.6.c and ptserial-2.4.7.c in this bit of twisted logic (starting at line 4655 of ptserial-2.4.7.c):

#if defined (HAL_I8XX)
#ifdef SIS540 
                if (dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_SIS540_MR << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_SIS))
                if ((dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_I810_MR << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_INTEL)) ||
                    (dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_I810_MR_LAPTOP << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_INTEL)) ||
                    (dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_I820 << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_INTEL)) ||
                    (dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_I845 << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_INTEL)))
                        if (dwDeviceID == (PCI_DEVICE_ID_VIA686A_MR << 16 | PCI_VENDOR_ID_VIA))
                                outl(dwDeviceNum + PCI_INTERRUPT_LINE, 0xCF8);

It seems to me that if none of the conditions is met then the block is executed anyway so defining PCI_DEVICE_ID_I855, while technically correct, would be useless.
Comment 8 wolfwood 2003-10-04 23:03:20 UTC
I think you're right about that Mark, I haven't gotten started yet, but when
I do get my X31 loaded up, I'll see if the driver works sans modifications,
etc. and report back about it.

Out of curiosity, could you post or e-mail me the reported info on your modem,
and what results you experienced ?

Comment 9 Mark Wagner 2003-10-20 10:28:41 UTC
Here is the lspci info:

00:1f.6 Class 0703: 8086:24c6 (rev 01)

00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01) (prog-if
00 [Generic])
        Subsystem: PCTel Inc: Unknown device 4c21

My results weren't good. I'd have to dial up to 10 times before the modem
would train. There were frequent disconnects. I suspect my phone line quality
was poor and that exaserbated the problems.

Comment 10 Heinrich Wendel (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-11-23 01:14:16 UTC
please rewrite the ebuild and use the kernel-mod eclass
Comment 11 Alin Năstac (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-26 01:58:19 UTC
Created attachment 40433 [details]

I wrote this ebuild only because I'm currently in evaluation period of becoming
a gentoo dev and wanted to prove that I'm able to do that. 
It is a poorly written driver; this garbage should not be included in portage
Comment 12 Alin Năstac (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-26 04:09:27 UTC
Created attachment 40438 [details]

Forgot to run repoman.
Comment 13 Alin Năstac (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-11-09 12:03:10 UTC
This package supports only 2.4 kernels and project doesn't seems to be active anymore.
Closing this oldie.