WinModem Version 1.00
One of the most popular accessories on modern PC's in the internal modem. And they offer several advantages. They take no additional space on the desktop. They do not require additional power cords. And because they are internal, there is one less cable to add to the rats nest growing from the back of the computer.
Internal modems do have a drawback, however. THEY HAVE NO STATUS LIGHTS. Just as with a hard disk, there is something reassuring about seeing the lights flickering on and off. Without them, all is quiet and it may be difficult to determine what is going on. WinModem remedies that drawback by providing a graphic representation of a modem, complete with status lights. With WinModem running, the internal modem is no longer a mystery.
By the way, even if you have an external modem, WinModem may be for you. Some PC users have located their external modems out of sight to regain that precious deskspace. If that is your situation, WinModem may be for you, as well. Due to its design, WinModem can monitor activity on any of the serial ports, even if there is no modem connected to the port at all.
WinModem is a Microsoft Windows application. To use WinModem, you must have installed either Windows 3.0 or Windows 3.1. And you must be running Windows on at least an 80286-based system. Since WinModem is a Windows application, it will not operate in the DOS box of Windows. But it will work with any Windows communication application that employs the standard Windows serial port driver. There are no other special requirements.
Using WinModem is simple. The single requirement is that WinModem must be started BEFORE any other application that will use the internal modem. You can do this in one of two ways.
When you installed WinModem, an icon was placed in the accessories group. You may start WinModem by clicking or selecting that icon.
If you prefer, you can tell Windows to load WinModem when Windows is started. The following paragraph, from Windows 3.1 Help tells you how:
"During Windows Setup, a StartUp group is created. When you add an application to the StartUp group,
the application starts whenever you start Windows. You can add an application to a group by creating a
program item, or by copying or moving an existing program item. "
For more information about this approach, consult your Windows User's Guide.
If you are using Windows 3.0, you must edit the WIN.INI file, located in your Windows directory, using an ASCII text editor. Locate the [windows] legend or section of WIN.INI. It is probably the first section of the file. Then insert a new line in this section similar to the example below. Be sure to specify the FULL PATH NAME of the winmodem.exe file, otherwise Windows will not be able to load the program on startup. Again, if you have any questions, consult your Windows User's Guide.
load=c:\winmodem\winmodem.exe <= Insert a line like this
Once WinModem is running, you must select the port that you wish to monitor. By default, WinModem immediately begins to monitor COM1. If you want to monitor a port other than COM1, you must make your selection in WinModem's Files menu. In the Files menu, the port currently being monitored is checked. Since WinModem does not intrude on the running application, you can switch ports at any time through the Files menu.
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