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Using my computer as a telephone

By Phantasm66
Oct 29, 2003
  1. Littlejohn

    Littlejohn TS Rookie

    I have tried all different ways to do this but i think it needs someone to write a small program to get the sound card to work this way.
    With the phone connected to the modem and the headphones/mike connected to the sound card, the program would allow the interconnection to take place.
    I can have conversations with people on the net ? why not without an internet connection of any kind directly through the phone?
    I hope someone with programing ability might take up the chalange as there are many dissabeled people who will benifit from such a program. but needs to be free or at a minimal cost to the user. ($5.00 max would be fair)
    I wish i could write such a program to do that, but it takes me all my time to type this message, also i know nothing about how to write programs and not able to start learning.
    If someone could, I and many other dissabeled people would be really extreemly thankfull and gratefull.
    Regards. :angel:
     
  2. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 340

    cheyenne Bitware

    I used to use Cheyenne Bitware to do exactly what you're describing. This was a long time ago, however. I used it on my very first PC, possibly my second. May be worth looking into.
     
  3. Littlejohn

    Littlejohn TS Rookie

    Many thanks for the tip.
    I will get a friend to help search for this software.
    Regards
    Littlejohn.
     
  4. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    hello everyone! atlast i finally found this thread.. i've been trying to make my PC as a REGULAR TELEPHONE too.. I hope we all on our way to the convenience of using our pc as a non-VoIP service telephone..

    well, www.voicecallcentral.com is where i got the "Advanced call center" its really a very good program.. but the problem is, i would have to click "Hold" then "Record" before i could here the sound in my headphone, the sound that you want from the tel handset.. it was like you're only previewing the recording session and not having the actual talk.. and much worst is my Mic cannot route its path to the modem, so the party you're trying to call cannot possibly hear anything from you unless you lift the tel. handset (oh!!! nearly close huh!)

    now im trying my luck to look at my newest download << modem spy and snooper >> i hope this is the right one.. based on its program description..

    big thanks to everyone!
     
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 6,504   +6

  6. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

  7. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Unidrv.dll -- driver.cab >>SuperVoice installation

    i also do have Supervoice program bundled with my modem, the tool that was also mentioned by Phantasm66..
    along with my installation it ask me to insert Windows XP Pro CD to extract this file:

    Unidrv.dll
    -- BUT i wasn't able to locate it.. tried to search and scan the cd but i still haven't got the file needed for its dialer i think (missed the name of the subprogram that needs it)..

    although, this post is a bit off way from the original topic, i think this still has something to do with telephone dialer feature we are searching for..

    anybody encountered this?
     
  8. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    I think it is a uni-modem driver.
     
  9. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Hey this is close enough to what we want..

    WillowPhone http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,7443,00.asp

    "This utility lets you initiate calls and talk on the phone while you're using your computer. It uses the computer's sound card, microphone, and modem to emulate a telephone. The interface looks like that of a mobile phone, and displays the dialed number in a mock-LCD window. It supports callerID, call waiting, and speed dialing. You can also record phone conversations. "

    >>> i think we really need the RIGHT TYPE of modem specified in its readme file to be able to make it work perfectly..
    good interface with very simple features.. i hope there will be newer versions of this program in the future.. but oh well i ended up with no victory yet.. :(

    >>> i wont give up though.. hahaha.. goodluck to all... adios! :haha:

    ps. my recent downloads i mentioned above didn't work out to..
    ..still worth checking..

    >> thanks IronDuke.. i appreciate it! :D
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I think he is trying to make a local telephony network (not voip.) Gosh I wish my Army commo buddies were here. They do it all the time. It gets really hairy if you try to tie into a bell system though.
     
  11. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    someone with good heart, pls..

    hello! can someone kindly send me a copy of the program FaxTalk Messenger Pro 6, trial download ??? pls...

    i just bought a new modem Intel V.92 external that has speaker output and mic input connectors at the back, .. im at Windows XP SP2.. Unfortunately the problem occur right after its installation.. my PC automatically restarts when the faxtalk communicator begin to run.. it has to be loaded at startup to be able to initialized my modem BUT my system always restarts when Faxtalk begun to run... Somebody pls respond.. and i thank you in advance for answering my problem with Faxtalk,.. i was thinking that maybe it was bcoz of SP2 version of Windows XP that i am using, which maybe an incompatibility... or what? really i dunno..

    ciao! HAVE A VERY GOOD DAY TO YA ALL!!!
     
     
  12. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    Here's a link to version 7 try this it may work properly. Fax Talk Pro 7
     
  13. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    GOOD NEWS! i've finally used my "PC as a Tel"..BUT


    FAXTALK COMMUNICATOR SE
    , a bundled software of my Intel V.92 external modem, a voice cable type with "mic in" and "speaker out" audio jacks located at the back of the modem. << is the answer!!! :hotbounce

    (by the way, i already reformatted my hard disk just to make everthing fresh..and greatly because my new modem with FaxTalk makes my pc to be almost unrecoverable since it always crashes at startup, even when i disabled the startup launch of Faxtalk and turning off the modem..so then i decided to reformat the hdisk..)

    So i really neeed your help guys.. PLEASE...???

    now, with my newly reformatted system... here's the story..
    Faxtalk launches at start-up by default to initialize the modem.. at first, it was a very smooth system.. and i was able to used it as a regular phone...
    BUT after about 4 times of good startup i was having system crash whenever this Faxtalk launch... so now i disabled it from running at windows startup..
    and i can't open the program anymore because it triggers a system crash.. very disappointing..
    although i can still use the modem for dialup internet access..

    here's some of my system details:

    >Windows XP SP2 ( could there be any conflicts with this version?)
    >NTFS file sys

    here's the Event Log file of the "system crash":
    (i hope this log helps somehow)

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: System Error
    Event Category: (102)
    Event ID: 1003
    Date: 6/2/2005
    Time: 12:09:01 AM
    User: N/A
    Computer:
    Description:
    Error code 1000008e, parameter1 c0000005, parameter2 f9d93703, parameter3 f60c8c70, parameter4 00000000.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 53 79 73 74 65 6d 20 45 System E
    0008: 72 72 6f 72 20 20 45 72 rror Er
    0010: 72 6f 72 20 63 6f 64 65 ror code
    0018: 20 31 30 30 30 30 30 38 1000008
    0020: 65 20 20 50 61 72 61 6d e Param
    0028: 65 74 65 72 73 20 63 30 eters c0
    0030: 30 30 30 30 30 35 2c 20 000005,
    0038: 66 39 64 39 33 37 30 33 f9d93703
    0040: 2c 20 66 36 30 63 38 63 , f60c8c
    0048: 37 30 2c 20 30 30 30 30 70, 0000
    0050: 30 30 30 30 0000

    ..and attached is the screenshot of the windows error report..

    i hope somebody will respond... THANK YOU VERY MUCH! ciao!
     
  14. marcus_damascus

    marcus_damascus TS Rookie Posts: 27

    FaxTalk Comm and Messenger won't work w/ SP2

    i reformatted my pc just to check if this Faxtalk will work with Win98SE, and wallah!!! it did work out!!! no more crashes!!! its perfectly compatible with Win98 OS.. so it means using it with SP2 is a risk that your pc might crash after a short period from the time it was installed...

    ..although im using a shell replacement to cover the old win98 interface, i cant help myself, and i see many flaws and inconvenience with Win98SE (although i heard its the most stable OS of Windows'),
    SO i decided to switch back to XP, using SP1 this time so im somehow up to see if faxtalk will be fine with this another OS version.. if still not ok, ha! that's fine! enuff!

    and also, i found out that there is NO CALL ANSWER feature with either versions of Faxtalk.. but its "Answer Now" is referred to the answering machine feature (manual or automatic == answering machine) >> SO, you would still have to lift your handset if someone will call, and faxtalk will not play a ringing sound and cannot even detect a call unless its in answering machine mode..
    very disappointing.. hey! it nearly makes me buy its pro version.. thank goodness i used the trial version first..

    well, im about to give up so goodluck to you all!!!

    hope to see any great news about this dream.. :grinthumb

    "a very simple task on today's cyber era but yet unaccomplished!"

    Adeus! Com esperanca.. :wave:
     
  15. mlars

    mlars TS Rookie

    Did anyone ever find a simple software to make / receive telphone calls from a PC, through a modem, over a land line? I've got my Bluetooth headset and my Outlook address book ready to go!
     
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    no, but I have a simple solution. Get a regular phone!
     
  17. mlars

    mlars TS Rookie

    Let's see... Other than the fact that my PC is alredy set up with a Bluetooth headset and all of my contacts are in my Outlook, and I already have a regular phone... Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that!
     
  18. digitallydraft

    digitallydraft TS Rookie

    If you read this whole thread, a person in a wheelchair needs a solution. Makes sense. Please noone put "get a regular phone" anymore. I myself, am not disabled, but the way my workspace is at the office - I could greatly benefit from the previously mentioned setup (using a PC as a NON-voip telephone). Anyone have any luck on this? I found "Willowphone", a discontinued product that should work on older machines [I could not get it to work on my XPhomeSP2 machine, though my modem is voice capable]. There are other softwares out there that claim to fit the bill, but are severely shoddy on the actual phone-use end (they have great message recorders).

    please advise

    --begin rant--
    In this modern technologically advance era - it seems that the simplest tasks are impossible on our devices - due to the fact that the spoon fed techno junkies seek frill over meat-and-potatoes, and kill any chance of development on actual productive tools. That is why our softwares are becoming so bloated and ram intensive. Our society's own desire for technological advancement can be at times a hinderance to said advancement.
    --end rant--
     
  19. the caf

    the caf TS Rookie

  20. waleed8063

    waleed8063 TS Rookie

    hi

    Hello guys this is my first post,
    In order to use your computer as a telephone, you modem should be a voice modem. To find out if your current modem is voice modem check the following:
    1. You must check that your modem is actually a VOICE modem. Refer to the modem documentation and specifications to see if it says VOICE modem. If you are still in doubt you can look at the modem diagnostics query result (from the Control Panel -> Modems -> Diagnostics). If the query response for AT#CLS fails then it is not a voice modem.
    2. It is essential that your voice modem has 100% TAPI compliant drivers (including wave drivers). It is not enough that the software provided by your modem manufacturer (or other software) works, because it might connect directly to the modem and bypass the driver files.
    3. You must also check that you have installed the voice modem driver for the modem. Sometimes Windows Plug & Play selects the driver on the non-voice equivalent modem when installing.
    4. Note: No voice modem works under Windows NT4.

    I hope my first post was useful
     
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,356   +283

    I sir, am not gay! ;)
     
  22. waleed8063

    waleed8063 TS Rookie

    sorry

    I am very sorry, It is just a typing mistake
     
  23. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    It`s ok mate, I think LNCPapa was just joking.

    You can always use the edit button to correct a post if you want.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  24. waleed8063

    waleed8063 TS Rookie

    Oh my god I am surrounded by Special Forces
     
  25. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Don`t worry about that mate, we`re just the same as you really. ;)

    We don`t bite, honest.

    Well, most of us don`t. :p

    Regards Howard :)
     
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