kppp/pppd error not letting me log on to Internet
good morning folks. i am having trouble with pppd connecting me to the internet using the MEPIS live cd (2004.6). i am testing a machine to see if it will run mepis. it did well with the ethernet connection, but my friend only has dial-up right now. i've booted in both kernels and tried to log in as both a user and then su with no success. i have a Diamond supra express external serial modem. mepis sees the modem, and the modem query comes out okay. I don't think the problem is with mepis in particular. it seems like kppp and pppd are not working together properly. here's what happens:
(bottom of script window)
"Timeout has expired while waiting for the PPPD interface to come up.
PPPD ERROR LOG
can not open any of the following files
THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING!!!
I bought an external modem because all the mepis forums and the 'point and click linux' book about mepis say external modems should ALWAYS work with MEPIS and any other linux distro. can anyone help with this problem?