I'm a first time Linux installer.
I'm re-tasking a Win98 machine to Linux for my Mom. Got tired of Juno, AOL, etc. changing stuff on the machine within a week of my "fixing" it so that it "broke" again... Decided to go Linux (permissions based control) with wine to cover the few apps (games) she can't leave behind.
Fedora Core 3 is loaded and everything works great in all aspects when connected to my home ethernet network. (I like this! I'm going to switch my own machine too!)
I just can't get the dial-up stuff to work. (Grrrrrrr!!) This is my last obstacle to delivering the system to Mom.
I've up2date-d to all the latest packages. When I boot it the system sees the external serial modem (Actiontec EX560LKA). I know this because if I boot again when it is off, the configuration checking thingy (sorry, forget the name) asks me if I want to remove it from the config. I select do nothing and reboot with it powered on to bring it back into the config.
I've checked every forum link I could find via Google, most seem to be dealing with the use of internal Winmodems (making them Linmodems). I've found precious little on using a serial modem with my FC3 set-up (other than that it should be the easiest way to go
Here's where I'm at:
The machine seems to believe the modem is at /dev/ttyS0 and has created the /dev/modem link for it (I've not confirmed device yet, see below).
Have disabled the ethernet connection with the Network GUI tool.
Have set up a dial-up connection (phone number, user, etc.) through the same tool and then click to activate it... status window pops up and then I get:
Failed to activate [CONNECTION NAME HERE] with error 8
and I hear nothing from the modem like dialing, negotiation/handshake tones, etc.
I've tried wvdialconf/wvdial as well, no luck (other than a compaint about [Dialer Defaults] being missing), so I can't confirm the system is actually finding the modem, once it is up. I've tried looking in the HW Browser and it makes no mention of the modem (would it?).
I'm running Gnome, in case that matters.
I'm stumped on where to go from here.
I'd appreciate any help possible, including any pointers to good tutorials on doing this with FC3 if you know of them.