My brother's ancient 1996 PC needed to be replaced, and this Walmart PC easily meets his needs and actually allows much more multimedia than he expected. He just wants to do e-mail, surf the web, print, and handle digital photos, and he didn't want the expense of DSL. Eventually, however, he went with DSL and the modem issue, described below, became irrelevant.
I added 512 MB more RAM memory (Kingston 533 MHz DDR2 from Memory Suppliers) for 1 GB total, and squeezed the gOS partition down to 10 GB, and installed Kubuntu-7.10 version of Ubuntu in the remaining 68 GB partition. Everything seems to work nicely except for the modem which I replaced with a smarter modem until a driver is available.
Since I live 240 miles away, I set up scripts to do reverse ssh tunnelling from my computer into his so that I can securely administer his computer through his dynamic IP address.
scanModem program from Linmodems.org is run on the Walmart TC2502 PC with its stock modem, the
ModemData.txt file suggests the "
agrsm" driver modules
agrmodem.ko compiled from
agrsm-20070804.tar.gz. Unfortunately, even with those drivers, the
wvdialconf program which can be installed in Kubuntu using the Synaptic program (K | System | Adept Manager | wvdial ) is unable to make contact with the modem.
The board identification states:
Agere systems PINBALL P40 AM3: -2 S/N:7720073300Z E87711 94V0
The identification on the main chip states:
AGERE SV92PP M680713T 9274924 with "e3" in an ellipse at the end.
The crystal says "24.576H7G" and another chip says:
Barcode stickers on the back say:
F797331016764R GP 56PAV2 7F9733012701 GP 88105002074 with the 88 in bold print.
and the CE sticker says:
C (some logo) US E252809 Vin 3.3Vdc I max 50mA Model NO. Agere PINBALL P40 Modem US: AGSMD01BPINBALL. This device meets the requirements of cf47 CFR Part 68. IC: 4005B-PINBALL REN: 0.1 Made in China
Last updated: May 10, 2008
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