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Back after a year! Thanks to all who responded to my initial problems with partitions and the like. As you can see it has taken some time to come back to Linux after the frustrations of trying to connect to the web using BT Voyager 105. Finally I heard that Voyager 210 would work.
So here we go again. I have installed Mandriva 2007 alongside Windows XP. Also installed Voyager 210 via the USB connection and this works fine with Windows XP.
Setting up the internet connection in Mandriva 2007 results in the 'Congratulations, the network and internet configuration is finished.'
On rebooting Linux the following verbose lines appear:
Bringing up interface ppp0: Cannot find device "ppp0"
RTNETLIINK answers: No such process
Plugin ppp0tm.so Loaded
PPPoATM setdevname_ppp0atms - SUCCESS:0.38
connect(0,38): No such device [FAILED]
Now is this because I am using usb? There is an ethernet alternative from the Voyager 210.
Are there network settings within Windows XP that need changing? I have deleted the original Voyager 105 that seemed to use 0.38.
I am determined not to leave this for another year!
usb as a network transport is a *VERY* *VERY* dumb idea... i see NOTHING good about it... just use an ethernet cable and as long as your nic is set to use dhcp it'll work fine out of the box, no drivers, no farting around...