PCMCIA Modem Setup

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 5 April 1998 / Last Updated on 5 April 1998]

I had been using a PCMCIA Modem for years in my old notebook, but when switching to a new model, it took me some time to configure my old modem under Windows 95B (OSR2), so I am documenting it for my own future use.
(PCMCIA cards are now called PC-Cards).

Like usual, we start from the Control-Panel by starting the Modem-Applet:

Since I had no modem installed, it starts up the "Install New Modem" dialog.
I tried it before: There is NO other method to setup/configure a PCMCIA Modem than selecting here "PCMCIA modem card"

The systems asks to insert
mow the Modem card.
On inserting my "Worldport 14.400",
it was briefly displayed with its
proper type, but then the system
continues by installing a
"Standard Modem type"
(which does NOT work with my
Modem-card, but details on fixing
that are coming later)
The system prompts for the location
of the Driver/INF-file.
( I did NOT have the floppy anymore,
since my modem is in the list of
Modems of Windows95, but there is
at this time NO POSSIBILITY
to select/specify the correct model,
so I have no other choice than
to continue with "Finished").
The last screen advises me, that
I can change my settings in the
Modem-applet, so I did that.
The PCMCIA-Modem is listed,
Select to display the Properties.
Under the tab: Connections,
I am NOT able to define my
Call Preferences.
I also check the Advanced Options.
Although my modem supports
Error-Control, I am not able to
activate/configure this feature.

I was able to solve my problem using the tab: Device-Manager of the System-applet in the Control-Panel:

Select here the PCMCIA-Modem
and display the Properties.
The tab: Driver allows now
to Update the Driver.
I did NOT let the system search,
but decided to select the model
myself from the list.
The list of drivers is first
displayed without any entry,
to get all models listed, select
the option "Show all Hardware"
The list starts with the
"Standard Modem type",
select now your Manufacturer
and the Model.
Here, I found the WORKING driver
for my PCMCIA-Modem, which
was then installed.
(and that drivers works with my card)

With the proper driver now installed, lets go back to the Modem-applet in the Control-Panel to finish the setup/configuration:

The Modem is still listed as the
"Standard PCMCIA Modem",
(although we have changed the driver).
Lets check now the Properties.
Tab: General:
I myself like to listen to the modem,
while it is connection, therefore I
change the "Speaker-volume" from
"Off" to a higher value.
Also, modems should always be configured
for the Maximum possible speed
( most modems are able to compress
data during transmissions, which can
result on transfer of Text-files to an
effective data-transfer twice as high as
the rate modem-speed).
Tab: Connection
I usually put a Checkmark on
"Wait for Dial tone before dialing".

The value of 1 Sec for
"Cancel the call if not connected in"
Needs to be increased, I use 20 sec.
Under the Advanced options, I can
now also activate "Error Control"
with "Data-Compression".

My modem is now properly configured.

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