Re: your mail

From: Mike Dresser (
Date: Fri Aug 23 2002 - 15:33:29 EST

On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, Bill Unruh wrote:

> OK, that problem is usually a "hardware" problem-- ie the hardware is
> not responding properly to the icotl request. This could be because
> there is not hardware there (eg trying to open a serial port which does
> not exist on the machine), or is busy, or has been left in some weird
> state. The last sounds most likely here-- eg the serial port on your
> modem thinks it is still busy.
> You could try running the little program I got basically from Carlson in
> to try resetting the serial line befor the next attempt (eg, put it into
> /etc/ppp/ip-down).
> Not sure if this is the problem however.

Another 7 minutes, and I'll know if this worked or not.

Another data point I just thought of, if i poff chatham, and then pon
chatham, that actually works.

It just hung up.

And redialed.

And connected properly.

Thank you so very much, it looks like your reset-serial did the job.

I'll implement it on future machines, just in case the same problem
happens, rather than pray it works.

I saw a lot of postings on the 5160 USR modem on the serial-pci-info list,
perhaps it's something to do with this modem.

I'll know for sure at 10:30 this evening, if it is definately owrking or
not. I was logged in on the other line to monitor the syslog, and bring
up the internet line, just in case.

Thanks again,


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