PCMCIA Modem Setup
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
||The systems asks to insert
mow the Modem card.
||On inserting my "Worldport
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
I also check the Advanced
||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
||The Modem is still listed as the
"Standard PCMCIA Modem",
(although we have changed the driver).
Lets check now the Properties.
I myself like to listen to the modem,
while it is connection, therefore I
change the "Speaker-volume"
"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).
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"
My modem is now properly configured.