I'm very new to Linux and am doing everything trial and error. I'm trying to connect to the internet, but am obviously minus a huge chunk of knowlege.
I've got a dial-up number and an account name (and of course, password). That's all I'm certain of. Oh, and the ISP is MSN.
I've tried using minicom to just dial in, and the connection drops before I can start up Netscape or use lynx or connect to anything. (Did I say I was -really- new?). So I tried eznet. That seems to dial and connect, but nothing else works, again no lynx, netscape, etc.
Do I need something in my hosts table? I don't have an IP address that I know of, it's just my machine trying to dial out.
Do I need to know the IP address or DNS of my ISP? If so, where should this go? Does that go in /etc/hosts?
I've read the docs that came with my system, but they seem to skip right over the part where you determine your own IP address, and how to actually make your ISP run in the background for use by Netscape, ftp, etc.
Thank you all in advance for any help with this.