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If you have a modem that lacks a hardware controller:
Winmodems, Soft Modems, HSP Modems, AMR Modems, many USB modems - includes
Rockwell/Conexant HCF, HSF, Soft56, Lucent/Agere 'LT', AMR, Scorpio, Mars, Apollo; Motorola; PCTel; BCM; IntelHaM, etc.
A driver is necessary for the modem to work. There are hundreds of modem brand names, manufacturers, and sources for modems with varying degrees of support. Fortunately, there are only a handful of chipset makers - and a common driver base for each of the chipsets.
You really need a modem driver if your modem doesn't work at all: if it hasn't installed properly, or if you cannot talk to it as described in Setting Up Hyperterminal. (But, again - not always: See the "If your Modem Doesn't Work at All" listings in Troubleshooting Contents.)
An updated modem driver might help if you are having connectivity problems - disconnects, difficulty connecting, or disappointing speeds - however: there may be other causes/solutions. Before you get a new modem driver, I strongly suggest you do some basic testing to create a baseline to compare against, as well as investigate some of the common cures to problems - Getting rid of init strings, Limiting Connect Speed, Disabling 56k, etc. See the Troubleshooting Contents page.
|About Modems with your Chipset:|
|Broadcom BCM Modem
Information & driver sources for Broadcom BCM Software Modem
Information & driver sources for Cirrus/Ambient/Intel chipset Modems
|ESS & SGS ST
Info for modems with ESS & SGS/ST-Micro Chipsets
AKA Scorpio; Info & driver sources for this soft HSP modem.
Information & driver sources for this widely-used modem
Information for Lucent Venus chipset Modems
|Lucent Wildwire Modem:
Information for Lucent/Agere's DSL/Analog Win Modem
Information for modems with Motorola SM56 Chipset
Info & driver sources for modems based upon PCTel chipsets
Information & driver sources for HCF modems
HSF Soft56 Modem:
Information & driver sources for Conexant HSF Soft56 Modems
Info & driver sources for modems based upon Smartlink chipsets
Information & driver sources for TOPIC chipset (560x) Modems
Information for USR/3Com modems
USR Diag. Screens
Blers, retrains, and more - what they mean
Flashing a COURIER modem
How to Flashback 3Com/USR
Archive the flash code for your /USR/Sportster modem