My model came with Toshiba Software Modem installed, but I've noticed in the Toshiba Application Installer there are a couple of other modem drivers that are a little newer. I installed one of them (Conexant) then uninstalled the Toshiba Software Modem and reboted. When it started, it reinstalled the Toshiba Software Modem by default.
So my question is, is it possible to install and use anything other than my original modem? I'm not even sure if it installed the Conexant. It looked like it did but it doesn't appear in the list of installed programs.
As I said, the Toshiba Software Modem was the original, the other two are Conexant Software Modem Driver and Motorola Modem Driver. I don't know why those other two are even in there if they can't be used with my system.
I read in an article about software modems (Winmodem) that said a newer driver can make a difference.
"Winmodems, unlike hardware modems, have complicated driver software. Driver upgrades can thus make a significant difference to Winmodem performance. If you use a Winmodem, check the manufacturer's Web site to see if you can get a later driver."
I have dial-up and I know it's not going to make a huge difference but I thought it wouldn't hurt to try something different, if possible. The three modem files that are available for my system are listed at the Toshiba website, but the same versions are also available in my Toshiba Application Installer.
I don't really understand software modems. I've got Toshiba Software Modem by Agere, but I don't really know if that's the modem or the driver or both. Do the Toshiba L models even have modem hardware? And I don't get why those other two drivers are in my Toshiba Application Installer and are listed at the website as compatible with my system if they're useless.
Maybe the Agere is the modem and the other two are drivers for it?
In C:\Program Files\Toshiba\TOSAPINS\COMPS1, there are text files that accompany each modem driver that say, "These drivers are required for your machine to be able to fully utilize the modem."