Oh, sorry about that. My bad. I guess I didn't fully understand the question. I thought you were asking what IS a GUI. Well, I'm stumped on how to help really. I did some searching to see if I could find out more about the card you mentioned, and all I could find was some other person who seems to be having the exact same problem. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions ... ob-814504/
Maybe it's a compatability issue. IDK.
It appears he "pythonsyntax"(linuxquestions.org) & "perlsyntax" are the same person.
I can't seem to be able to find any specific drivers for your "AmbiCom model AMB8802 pc card modem". It could be that this is a software modem and pretty much windows only (aka. Winmodem) or there's a more generic driver out there that can do the job. In those 12 years of linux usage have you managed to get this modem to work?
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