To Tinkster: By "examine the network connection" I mean that I'm using System Tools > Internet Configuration Wizard which eventually opens to allow me to Activate at "Network Configuration."
But then to get the modem to dial, the only way I know to get it to happen is to tell my toolbar weather applet to update. Then the modem dials, and I get online.
Seems like a lousy way to get there, but it works.
I used to be able to use KPPP, but it never seems to establish a connection with the local telephone.
I'm gonna try pppconfig shortly. That might be the ticket!