Here are some notes made to myself on the road to getting internet connected with Linux....hope it helps.
Using MDK 10.0 (I have successfully used this modem and procedure with Fedora Core 2)
Just got on line with Amigo AMI-IA56 internal PCI dialup modem with Intel 536ep chipset. ( google for it)
1. Your ISP must play nice w/Linux (call them)...mine didn't (AOL) , had to change ISP.
2. I guess you know that DSL thru LAN (NIC) connection is easiest. No drivers. Took about 4 minutes.
If you do not have access to DSL:
3. Next easiest is dialup with external serial (NOT USB) modem. Google for Best DATA or US Robotics ($20 - $65). No drivers. Takes about 5-10 min. to configure in Kppp. I bought one for the kid's PC at thrift store. ($4). Everyone's getting rid of older 56k ser. modems. (they work with linux and are faster than some internal PCI modems)
4. More difficult is internal PCI modem requiring drivers (which includes both soft and hardware modems) You must determine whether your modem is a softmodem or a hardware modem. If you insist on installing an internal PCI modem, be prepared to search for drivers. It could take 1 day or three weeks depending on lots of variables. Also, do not expect much tech support from the modem manufacturer, even if the modem is listed as being linux compatible.
Check here --> http://www.linmodems.org
or here --> http://www.modemsite.com
Of course I chose the most difficult install. This was my tutorial to myself after successful install.
I cannot guarantee any success with your setup:
Mandrake 10.0 download.
Amigo AMI-IA56 internal hdwr PCI modem w/Intel 536ep chipset ($20)
Intel 536ep modem install
Install modem in PC
make sure kernel source is installed by the following:
(you must have your install cd's ready)
open a terminal>logon as root(su)>enter password>then type:
# urpmi kernel-source
Must use EXACT drivers for EXACT modem for EXACT kernel version.
Use the intel 536ep 4.69-mdk10-up.tgz file from Intel site. Drivers on modem disk are outdated (they are for kernel 2.4.x)
Use GUI to create empty folder in /home/user/ ....named Intel
copy .tgz file to folder using GUI
unzip the file by one of the following methods:
# tar -zxvf <filename>.tgz
the file will be unzipped into a new folder in the Intel folder
In the GUI (Konqueror) right click the .tgz file>choose actions>choose extract here. Again, new folder will be created in Intel folder.
Use whichever method DOES NOT impose locked permissions on the unzipped files.
Follow instructions in the readme created in the unzipped folder.
Go back to terminal:
move into the directory created by the unzip action by:
# cd <filename directory>
# make clean
# make 536
this will create a /dev/modem/ link. Use this setting in the Kppp dialer.
The Kppp dialer is a completely different project once you have loaded the drivers. If you need help, I will try to post, but am still experimenting with modem commands...... ...slower connect speeds (28800 - 45000) actually give the best combination of speed AND stability.