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You don't need any dialer for DSL. The connection already exists and it just needs to be seen and accounted for by the operating system.
Your installation of MandrakeLinux should have taken care of this; but you can go into the Mandrake Control Panel and make it work, most likely. However, I've found that with DSL the Control Panel sometimes acts very stupid.
If using the Control Panel doesn't work, you can re-install Mandrake as an "upgrade" instead of an "install." This will preserve everything you've done so far but should allow you to get the DSL working during the installation ("upgrade") process.
You don't need to specify primary or secondary DNS for the internet provider; the system will find out what they are. You will just need to give your username for logging onto the service provider's network, and the password you use. The system will remember these and DSL can be started automatically every time you boot, if you want.
Originally posted by jonr You don't need any dialer for DSL. The connection already exists and it just needs to be seen and accounted for by the operating system.
Not always true. In fact, very rarely true. Unless the OP has a router, has a DDM-enabled modem, or is actually on a DHCP line (relatively rare), then they're going to need a PPPoE/PPPoA/PPTP program to access their DSL line.
Originally posted by scuzzman Not always true. In fact, very rarely true. Unless the OP has a router, has a DDM-enabled modem, or is actually on a DHCP line (relatively rare), then they're going to need a PPPoE/PPPoA/PPTP program to access their DSL line.
I didn't realize pppoe was considered a "dialer." To me a dialer is part of a dial-up modem that actually dials a telephone number. With DSL, of course, there's no number to dial--the connection's already existing.
I have Roaring Penguin pppoe as my interface to DSL in Mandrake--but it was installed automatically at installation time, no further intervention needed.
I'm a very new newbie, I had similar questions. All I did was start the PC into Red Hat 9 and everything was configured during boot-up. I stall haven't touched a single setting and I've used it for a month.
If your MandrakeLinux is set up correctly, you can, as root, type in a console: adsl-stop and it will disconnect you; again as root type adsl-start and it will reconnect, simple as that.
To do this you have to have the service called adsl started at boot time. Go into the Mandrake Control Panel, and under System>>Services find adsl and check the box for it to "start at boot" (I think that's how it reads). From then on you should have your automatic connection at boot time, and be able to control it as I wrote above.