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You're lucky vlholmes, when I first installed Fedora 6 x86_64, I had to re-install at least 100 times using partition images and fresh from the disk installs before I finally went to Fedora's site and manually downloaded a few choice updates including kernel 2.6.18-1.2869 before I could get my Lucent modem to connect. Wvdial is my preferred dialer, but under no circumstances will it work on both Fedora 6 and Fedora 7 64bit with the Lucent modem, I have to install kppp as I only use KDE. I cannot use the Intel 537EP because there is no 64bit source, it's a little of a pisser because it's faster than the Lucent in Mandrake & Windows. Intel stopped supporting Linux probably 3 or 4 years ago.
100 installs I can believe it, though. My resolution of my problems is only partial also. wvdial works great, and is my preference anyway. But the gui: sys -> admin -> network method hangs. Also, I have 2 network configurations. One for dialup internet, and another for LAN/WiFi networking. I haven't found out how to make both work in the same configuration. Surely must be my ignorance, and it is an inconvenience I am willing to live with in order to have the newest OS on my block
best regard to you, too
wvdial works great, and is my preference anyway. But the gui: sys -> admin -> network method hangs.
I have never been able to get this method to work either, and I believe it is because it doesn't support the "stupid" option.
On the other hand, for those wanting a graphical dialup, use wvdial to connect. Then install the package "gnome-ppp" (or gppp). That is a graphical front end to wvdial and it Does have the "stupid" option. (I have successfully used it myself before.)
I wish I could help ya with the WLAN, but I have 0% experience in that area.
I use windows me and want to switch to Linux. I have paying several hundred $$ to upgrade my OS. I run a small business and unfortunately need to to use ms office products still. Is there a was I can use Linux as my OS and still use my outdated version of windows to run ms products?
I have an Intel celeron processor. Is this compatable with Linux?
Also, what types of problems do people usually run into during the first installation / using Linux?
Those are all very good questions, desi. Unfortunately, you should not be posting these questions at the bottom of a thread titled "pppd dials, then quits". Could you please copy everything you wrote and post it in a new thread. This will help keep our forum more organized.
Yes, your intel celeron processor is compatible.
The most common things people have problems with:
Microsoft software will not run on Linux without many headaches (if it works at all).
Setting up new printers, webcams, and other hardware can be difficult.
desi: if you are still following this thread, in my very meager experience, there is usually much more that goes right than goes wrong with a typical linux install. Just go for it, and then deal with anything that arises. Linux has several office productivity package options that are compatible with ms office file formats, and if you put linux on the same computer, the windows partition should be accessable from linux.
Sepero: I have decided I like the text interface better. I can see what is happening as it happens. No looking for, then through log files. The LAN problem really is a non-problem in my case: I use the LAN for messing with my old junker computer (200MHz pentium laptop), not serious stuff. I do appreciate your follow up, though. This forum has the nicest people! I've seem posts belittled and ridiculed, and the person making the post treated even worse on several other usenet forums. That never seems to happen here.
best regards to all,