FAQ.TXT Driver File Contents (msp3880spw-win9x-v5.zip)

                       Frequently Asked Questions
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This section provides the answers to some of the commonly asked questions on
your modem.


Q1   How do I identify MSP3880 modem and its driver version ?

A1   The model of your card is printed on the serial number label located at
     the rear of the modem card. To get the driver version, you can also issue
     an ATI3 command using any telephony Data terminal application.


Q2   What is V.90 ?

A2   V.90 is a new standard approved by the International Telecommunication
     Union for "56K" analog modems. It is a compromise officially reached
     between the two competing standards - X2 (from 3COM/USR) and K56Flex (from
     Rockwell/Lucent).


Q3   What resources do MSP3880 use ?

A3   Depending on system, the resources used is either IRQ9, IRQ10 or IRQ11 for
     systems that have two COM ports. If the system has only one COM port, IRQ3
     may be used.


Q4   What is TAD ? (for MSP3800V-U/SP-U/V-W/SP-W/SP-A)

A4   TAD stands for Telephone Answering Device. Most modems and sound cards
     nowadays come with a built-in TAD connector. Reasons are as follow:

     1. It establishes a link between the modem card and sound card internally.

     2. It allows user to leave the microphone connection on the sound card,
        while the same microphone can be used during speakerphone conversation.

     3. It allows user to leave the speakers connection on the sound card,
        while the same speakers can be used for any modem audio output. (see
        ReadMe.txt file for the Pin configurations)


Q5   What is speakerphone feature ? (for MSP3800SP-U/SP-W/SP-A)

A5   During phone conversations, modem speakerphone feature allows you to speak
     over the microphone and receives from the speakers.


Q6   How do I use the modem speakerphone ? (for MSP3800SP-U/SP-W/SP-A)

A6   To use the speakerphone feature, make sure that you have installed,
     connected and tested your card as described in Chapter 3, 4 and 5
     respectively. Then run the Communications Application bundled in your
     MSP3880 Installation CD/Disk to use the speakerphone.


Q7   Do MSP3800V-U/V-W and MDP3880SP-U/SP-W/SP-A have full-duplex feature ?

A7   Full duplex is the ability to record and playback audio at the same time.
     MSP3800V-U/V-W and MSP3800SP-U/SP-W/SP-A are able to do this while 
     maintaining full 16-bit 48KHz quality.


Q8   Will MSP3880 work on all motherboards?

A8   Yes, if the motherboard has at least one free PCI slot and meets the
     minimum system requirements.


Q9   What is the maximum speed MSP3880 supports and whose solution is this card
     using?

A9   The MSP3880 modem supports up to 56kbps. It is also backward compatible
     with most of the old standards. The MSP3880 uses Rockwell SoftK56 chipset
     solution.

Q10  Is this modem upgradable to ITU V.90 56k standard?

A10  This is a V.90 ready modem. You may also visit our website to get the
     latest updates on the release timing for the updated drivers.

Q11  Where can I get the updated driver for my modem?

A11  You can visit our website for any updated drivers.


Q12  How to initialize the modem?

A12  The following modem command is used to initialize the modem in the
     terminal emulation mode such as in Windows95 Hyperterminal application.
     AT&FE0V1S0=0&C1&D2+MR=2;+DR=1;+ER=1;W0


Q13  I do not have any application and needs to do some faxing. How do I
     install fax in Windows ® 98?

A13  If you are staying in US, go to directory D:\Tools\oldwin95\message\us
     (in your Windows 98 installation CD)

     For other countries, go to
     D:\Tools\oldwin95\message\intl (in your Windows 98 installation CD)
     (Assuming your CD-ROM drive is D. Else substitute the drive letter
     accordingly)

     (i) Run wms.exe under the directory to install Microsoft Messaging.

     (ii) Next run awfax.exe under the same directory to install Microsoft Fax.

     For further information on Microsoft Messaging and Microsoft Fax, read
     wms-fax.txt (from the same directory) in your Windows 98 CD.


Q14  What games do MSP3880 support?

A14  It can support almost all PC titles.


Q15  What do TAPI and Non-TAPI communication applications mean?

A15  Generally, TAPI refers to true 32-bit communication applications. They do
     not access the COM ports directly but through an Interface known as TAPI
     system of Windows (Not Windows 3.1x).

     Non-TAPI applications are also referred to as 16-bit communication
     applications. They access the COM ports directly. Windows ® 95/98 supports
     both TAPI and Non-TAPI communication applications.


Q16  I am using my system with the card in another country. Is there any
     settings that need to be changed ?

A16  Yes. You need to ensure that the country setting for your modem card is
     correct for your location. Carry out the following steps:

     Windows 95/98
     (i)   From the desktop, right-click on the My Computer icon and select
           Properties.

     (ii)  Click the Device Manager tab and double-click on Modem.

     (iii) Select your product model and click Properties.

     (iv)  Click the Country Select tab. The current country setting is marked
           with an asterisk. Change it to the country that you are currently in
           if it is set incorrectly.

     Windows NT4.0
     (i)   From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

     (ii)  Double-click on the HCF Modem Country Select icon.

     (iii) Select your current local country.


Q17  How do I know that my modem is V.90 ready ?

A17  Windows 95/98
     (i)   From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

     (ii)  Double-click on the Modem icon.

     (iii) Click the Diagnostic tab and select your product model.

     (iv)  Click More Info... option and you will see ATI 3 displaying a string
           similar as follow: SoftK56V90_V_B2.1_V2.07.01 (showing that the V.90
           is supported and ready).

     Windows NT4.0
     (i)   From Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Accessories >
           HyperTerminal > HyperTermnial.

     (ii)  Key in the required information prompted by the dialogue boxes.

     (iii) Click OK after entering any telephone number in the dialogue box.

     (iv)  At the next dialogue box prompt, click Cancel.

     (v)   Type ATI 3 and press Enter.

     (vi) You will see ATI 3 displaying a string similar as follow:
          SoftK56V90_V_B2.1_V2.07.01 (showing that the V.90 is supported and
          ready).


Q18  How do I see the resources listings ?

A18  Windows 95/98
     (i)   From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
     (ii)  Double-click the Modems icon.
     (iii) Click the Diagnostics tab. Select your product model and click More
           Info... option.

     The IRQ (Interrupt) and memory range (Address) used by the modem will
     be listed.

     Windows NT4.0 - Not applicable.


Q19  Why is the default maximum speed in the Device Manager Properties for
     MSP3880 showing 115200 ?

A19  It is referring to the DTE speed which is the speed of data transfer
     between Computer and Modem. This however will not have any effect on the
     maximum speed for DCE, which is the speed of data transfer between Modem
     to ISP or remote party.


Q20  This modem is set to V.90. But why am I getting slow connections to my
     ISP ?

A20  The majority of the telephone lines and ISP are already supporting V.90
     connections. However, like all data connection, the connection is
     sensitive to the amount of noise present in the phone line. Hence, only
     very "clean" phone line can get high connection rate or throughput. You
     may want to check with your telephone service provider.


Q21  The modem hangs up when an incoming call is received.

A21  Disable the Call Waiting function for the Online Service, Internet
     Connection and/or communications software you are using.


Q22  When I tried to dial out, the system gave me an error message "No Dial
     Tone".

A22  Check the Telephone Cable connection. If necessary, plug out and reconnect
     the Telephone Cable. You may have other telephony application running.
     Please use one telephony application at any one time.


Q23  There are incomprehensible characters appearing on the screen.

A23  The data, parity and stop bit settings are incorrect. Try using the
     default values or check with your ISP.


Q24  Why does my modem always connect at 33.6Kbps and not 56Kbps or V.90 ?

A24  Check with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to ensure that they
     support 56Kbps or V.90 connections. You must also make sure that your card
     is using the 56Kbps driver. For modems with Country Selection feature,
     please ensure that the modem is set to your local country. To set the
     country select feature, see Appendix A - "I am using my system with the
     card in another country. Is there any setting that need to be changed ?"


Q25  My system does not detect the modem card when I boot up for the first
     time.

A25  Windows 95/98 - Make sure that your card is fully inserted into the PCI
     Bus slot. However, if you are sure that the card has been properly
     installed, do the following:

     (i)   From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

     (ii)  Double-click the System icon.

     (iii) Click the Device Manager tab.

     (iv)  Check whether there is any yellow exclamation mark (error) on the
           Modem/Sound, video and game controllers devices. If yes, select the
           device, click Remove and OK. Re-install the drivers.

     (v)   If the system still cannot detect the modem, you may wish to try
           using a different PCI slot instead.

     Windows NT4.0 - Not applicable.


Q26  I have done a diagnostics test of my modem and there is nothing wrong with
     it. However, when I use a communications software, there seems to be an
     error. Why?

A26  Try to use a different telephony application such as Microsoft Fax to fax
     a document. If the sending of a fax is successful, then the fax function
     of your modem is working fine.

     Try to use Hyperterminal to dial up to a BBS. If the connection is
     successful, then the data function of your modem is working fine. Try
     exiting the communications software and running it again.

     You may try to install new version of communication software that supports
     higher interrupts.


Q27  I have done the Diagnostic test. However, the system gave an error
     message that the system is unable to open the COM Port.

A27  Windows 95/98 - Make sure that you have closed all communication software
     (e.g. Hyperterminal, Dial-up Networking, etc.) when you are doing the
     diagnostics test.

     However, if there is no communications software running, do the following:

     (i)   From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

     (ii)  Double-click the System icon.

     (iii) Click the Device Manager tab.

     (iv)  Check whether there is any yellow exclamation mark on the modem
           device. If yes, remove the modem device and re-install the modem
           drivers.

     Windows NT4.0 - Not applicable.


Q28  Why isn't there any sound from the speakers ?

A28  Go through the following steps:

     (i)  Make sure that the connections from your speakers to your computer
          are as described in the User Manual.

     (ii) If your speakers are active (amplified) speakers (with built in power
          supply and amplifier), make sure that it is put to "ON". Passive
          speakers (without built in power supply and amplifier) can only be
          used with an external amplifier.

     (iii) Power from the Mains to your speakers are properly connected and
           powered ON.

     You should be able to hear audio output from your speakers now.


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