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Process to Reduce Country-Specific Preloads

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119000D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, M: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use a single modem in multiple countries that require differing modem parameters. In previous system configurations, it was required to have a unique modem for each country in which the system was shipping. With this method, a single modem can be used, with unique parameters set via software. This is especially important in Europe where a single language preload can be shipped to multiple countries (e.g., French language preloads ship to France, Belgium, and Switzerland). Without this method, a new preload would have to be released with the French language for each country that has a French preload, incurring a significant cost.

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Process to Reduce Country-Specific Preloads

      Disclosed is a method to use a single modem in multiple
countries that require differing modem parameters.  In previous
system configurations, it was required to have a unique modem for
each country  in which the system was shipping.  With this method, a
single modem can be used, with unique parameters set via software.
This is especially  important in Europe where a single language
preload can be shipped to multiple countries (e.g., French language
preloads ship to France, Belgium, and Switzerland).  Without this
method, a new preload would have  to be released with the French
language for each country that has a French preload, incurring a
significant cost.

      A modem is installed into the Aptiva* system that is preset
for a specific country.  During the first boot process, the customer
is prompted for the country in which they are currently using the
system.  The software that prompts for this information queries the
modem to see if the modem installed supports the country requested.
Note that although several different modems are actually used in
Aptiva due to  differing Data Access Arrangement (DAA) hardware, this
method could be  used to support a single modem for all countries.
If the software determines that the modem is proper for the requested
country, another  process is started that will reprogram the
Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM) in the
modem.  This EEPROM c...