information on Vivante XL 300Mhz.
modem is made by Forreson in Taiwan. They use a Rockwell chipset.
When you got the computer, there was a modem diskette in the accessory
box. The modem uses one *.inf file. Maybe some XL owner has it and can
email it to you. The modem driver is the same as the Vibrant
LS modem as well.
Modem problem: Troubleshooting.
run modem diagnostics from Control Panel. If it doesn't see the modem,
try going into BIOS, select "Advanced", then "Peripherals".
COM B mode. It should say
MODEM. If it says IR or FIR, you'll need to change it to MODEM.
If the BIOS setting is set
to modem, but the modem fails diagnostics (and you feel brave), you can
try re-seating the modem. (See FAQ:DisassembleNotes).
XL: modem is slow.
works, but it just does not work up to its full potential. The
is always slow. Even if it says I am connected at 33600, or 44000, my laptop
is still slower than my other computer which only has a 28,800 modem.
problem most likely isn't your modem, but your phone lines. Local phone
companies have been seeking to squeeze more capacity out of existing lines,
which tends to cut down on data transmission speeds. The only way to make
sure that is the problem is by using your modem in another area. If the
speed is faster, then you know what the problem is and you'll just have
to live with it.
you run Windows98 diagnostics on your modem? If the firmware has not been
flashed to V.90, then it is still communicating via K56Flex. If your ISP
supports V.90 & X.2, this could be the reason for the slower than expected
When you run Windows modem
diagnostics, the firmware version should be 2.1. If it shows version 1.2
(or basically anything other than 2.1) then you'll need to flash it. The
flash program (flashcom.exe) is on the modem driver diskette.
USB devices don't work: Troubleshooting.
1. reinstall USB controller
2. try to connect other
USB devices ( for example USB mouse or keyboard), or
3. try to connect to another
USB port if more than one.
4. try to connect your USB
device to other computer (desktop/notebook) to see whether it works
The trick is that USB mouse
may work while something heavier like scanner or printer would not.
If none of this worked -- there's little you can do to fix it yourself
-- send it to ASE if still under warranty. They usually check if your
BIOS is updated, and after look closely for any problem.
with the basics.
1. Does the USB controller
show up in Device Manager?
2. Have you tried a low
speed device such as a keyboard or mouse?
3. Are you using Windows
NT? (no USB support)
4. If using Windows95, the
USB supplement must be loaded correctly.
If everything checks out
ok, then you may need to contact ASE for (hopefully) warranty work.
In Device Mngr:
USB takes IRQ 10 shared
with PCI steering and PCI cardbus controller.
If the setup you have is
the original, you shouldn't need to change any of the settings or IRQs.
Check to see if you have any other conflicts in
Device Manager, especially
under Sound, Video, & Game Controllers before you start changing IRQs.
only USB device that worked was a Logitech Wheel Mouse. I was
about to despair when I
remembered that some folks make PCMCIA to USB converter cards. I
bought one made by Hi-Val, plugged it in, and was up and running. I currently
have a USB connection to an Intel AnyPoint home phoneline network,
and the docking cradle for a Handspring Visor Deluxe running. Neither of
these would work plugged into the SE's USB port, but when run through the
PCMCIA - USB converter, they work like a charm.
USB NetworkCard works?
[Trent --A.B.] have used a USB 10BaseT device from CATCwhile
working at Transmonde. It was used on all models and worked fine.