Free Upgrade for defective Sportster Modems
Fri, 17 May 1996 20:21:38 +0000

US ROBOTICS has available a new chip, assuming yours has the socketed
chip, for all the defective 33,6 sportster modems out there that
pause,ect. If yours doesn't have the socket, you'll have to send it

Lord only knows how long you'll have to wait for the chip. Its the
April 96 date your looking for, tell em when you call.

So, if your getting bad results with Cuseeme, and have a sportster, I
would suggest you call and get the free new upgrade, or send your
modem back in for the upgrade/repair.

WARNING buyer beware!
(1) V34 Sporsters on the shelves today are
substantially different than those V34 Sportsters
that the magazine reviewers and testing labs spoke
so highly of last year.
(2)USR user groups on Compuserve, I-Link, RIME
and FIDO networks are buzzing with complaints of
"new" V34 Sportster dysfunction.
(3)V34 Sportsters of new design are now beginning
to appear in the marketplace with their firmware
eprom permanently soldered in place, eliminating
the customers's ability to replace the chip
(4)The V34 Sportsters tested by CONSUMER REPORTS
and highly acclaimed in the May 1996 issue of
Consumer Reports Magazine were last year's design
with a 20.16 mhz clock frequency. The "tested
version" of the product isn't available anymore,
in spite of the magazine article's being of recent
(5)The new (92Mhz-clocked) v34 Sportsters no
longer use an 80186 CPU chip. In fact, the CPU
is gone completely, having now been incorporated
into the DSP (data pump) chip.
(6)As supporting evidence of the major
differences in design, prior firmware cannot be
used in the "new" v34 Sportster nor can the
firmware from the "new" Sportster be used in the
earlier model.
(6)I returned my sportster!