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Old 09-21-2011, 04:17 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dial-up on Ubuntu 11.4


Hello!

I recently installed ubuntu and I only have a dial-up connection. I have searched Google for hours only to come across tutorials for different versions that are 5 years old!


So I come here hoping that someone could aid me in getting a dial-up connection up and running on my computer!


Thanks heaps!
-Chillae
 
Old 09-21-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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2 things to try are kppp and wvdial .

I've used both, wvdial was my favourite (although it looks like it hasn't been maintained for a while), but I was using kppp up to last year and it worked well. It is a KDE app, but afair it loads fast and works well even if you're not using KDE.

Update: This might help and is fairly up-to-date.

Last edited by Pastychomper; 09-21-2011 at 04:31 AM.
 
Old 09-21-2011, 04:42 AM   #3
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Thanks Pastychomper Ill try wvdial. As I cant download the other
 
Old 09-21-2011, 05:29 AM   #4
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Sorry about the noob question... But I downloaded that and when I open it all I see is a load of files that when I try to open, get opened in some sort of text editor. What do I do?
 
Old 09-21-2011, 01:49 PM   #5
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Sorry about the noob question... But I downloaded that and when I open it all I see is a load of files that when I try to open, get opened in some sort of text editor. What do I do?
The easy way to use wvdial under Ubuntu is to install gnome-ppp.
You will have to edit the command to execute entry in alacarte from "gnome-ppp" to "gksu gnome-ppp" since it needs root permissions to run.
 
Old 09-22-2011, 03:25 AM   #6
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I have tried downloading gnome-ppp and installing but when it comes up with the packet installer it comes up with some sort of error with the packet installer saying its not valid or something. Ill get on my computer later and tell you what it is.

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #7
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Have a look at the following thread on Ubuntu forums. Have you tried any of this yet?
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DialupModemHowto
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1528439

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Old 09-23-2011, 04:06 AM   #8
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Do you have the Ubuntu install DVD handy? (assuming you installed it from a DVD in the first place.) I've just checked and at least one of the install DVDs for 11.04 includes wvdial, though not gnome-ppp. That would be an easier way to install, since it avoids the most common problems with 'offline' downloading & installing (like missing dependencies).
 
Old 09-23-2011, 06:18 AM   #9
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Ok guys thanks for the tips and help!
Ill try and download WvDial as Gnome-ppp needs that as one of its dependencies.


@Pastychomper
- Mine unfortunately did not come with it :s
 
Old 09-23-2011, 07:12 AM   #10
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Ok, I have installed all the things needed for Wvdial (im not sure if it was a program or just some sort of update), I have also installed gnome ppp (works now after installing the wvdial)

But when i try and connect I get several erros. Those errors are:


(in Gnome ppp)
"!" can not open modem.
- Then comes up with two options, Log or close.
When I click log it displays:
--> Ignoring malformed input line: ";Do NOT edit this file by hand!"
--> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.61
--> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory
--> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory
--> Cannot open /dev/modem: No such file or directory



Also when i go into setup in gnome-ppp and try to find my modem it comes up with this:
device: /dev/modem: (i then clicked detect)
comes up with this error: no modem found on this system.


What shall I do now?

Last edited by Chillae; 09-23-2011 at 07:20 AM. Reason: poor layout
 
Old 09-23-2011, 08:37 AM   #11
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What kind of modem do you have? If it's internal or USB then you might need a driver, especially if it turns out to be controllerless. More info here.

A few years ago I had so much trouble with a winmodem that I bought an external modem with a serial connection (as these are always supported), but things have moved on a bit since then.

If it's a USB modem, type sudo lsusb in a terminal (sudo lspci -v if it's internal), and somewhere among the output will be the modem's name and a number identifying the chipset. Googling the number will often take you to a driver and/or instructions, or just post the output of lsusb here.
 
Old 09-25-2011, 05:06 AM   #12
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Im quite sure its a winmodem as its not a usb and most computer with a dialup modem in them are winmodems...

Should I just give up? :/
 
Old 09-27-2011, 08:04 AM   #13
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Don't give up yet, a lot of winmodems are supported these days. If you post the output of lspci -v here, then it shouldn't be too hard to at least find out if it's supported.
 
  


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