[Gllug] Caller ID on a POTS line

James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Sat Jan 22 10:05:20 UTC 2011

On 20 January 2011 15:16, general_email at technicalbloke.com
<general_email at technicalbloke.com> wrote:
> This is the think, the internet abounds with tales of people trying and
> failing to coax UK caller ID out of various modems, combining that with
> the winmodem issue you mention above put me right off the idea. Having
> said that another GLUG user reckons they have one which works so fingers
> crossed.

I tried to get Linux to get the modem working.
My particular modem needs the "agrsm" binary blob driver from "agere",
that only works with older kernels and also only with 32bit kernels.
Agere is a spin off from Lucent.

I do not have 32bit kernels, only 64bit, so I cannot really test
further without making a 32bit Live CD etc.
I don't think I have to time to spend any more time on it.

So, I agree, soft modem support in Linux is rubbish.
With a lot of hacking I could probably get to the point where the
agrsm binary blob runs in user space so I could get it working as a
32bit app on a 64bit kernel.
Much like someone else has done for another soft modem type.
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