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I'm a complete newbie when it comes to linux, i'm about to go into 3rd year of a computer science course and from September we'll be using it and I don't want to have to slave over learning it with other projects i have to do.
I've always wanted to make the switch from Windows to Linux and i downloaded and installed Mandrake 9.1 today.
However i am having some teething problems!
I have ZyXel Prestige630 USB ADSL Modem, i can't for the life of me figure out how to get the thing to work.
I have 2 led's on the modem, one says ASDL and one says USB, in Windows the USB one is always lit and the ADSL one is when i connect. Neither come on in linux although the USB light does flash for a second on loadup.
I've tried to read things but they are just flying over my head.
Can anyone help, once i get online i wont mind climbing mountains of learning.
Go to Zyxel's web or call tech support and make sure that your modem is supported by Linux. Hopefully you will not have a winmodem, those things are designed to work specifically with Windows and are damn hard, if not impossible to get working in Linux. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but you shouldn't need modem drivers, just make sure your NIC has Linux drivers. btw, what kind of NIC are you using?
After you get all that sorted out, go get Roaring Penguin. It's the best ADSL prog out there for Linux. Sorry I don't have a link for ya, but just google Roaring Penguin or rp-pppoe and you'll find it
If Zyxel doesn't have a driver for that particular brand of modem, then chances are you won't be able to find one.
Easy solution: Go get yourself a router. You can get one for $50 - $70(US) dollars and it will handle the ADSL connection for you.
That's what I did, cuz I was having hell getting my Adsl working too. I had spent weeks trying and finally gave up and just got the router. I set it up in Windows, and then set my machine up to dual boot between XP and Linux and when I got the Linux install done I didn't even have to do anything. I just opened Mozilla and the net was there
For setting up the router you'll need some basic info like:
username, DNS servers, type of connection(your's is probably PPPoE), and other stuff like that, but trust me it's really easy to setup