PPP Through Slackware 9.1 -- No traffic passing
I recently installed Slackware 9.1, and I've also just recently installed the drivers for my A-Open dial-up modem. The modem uses a Conexant chipset, and I now have the free Linuxant drivers (not too thrilled that I only get 14.4 Kbps with them, but they'll do for now). Anyway, when I installed Slackware (before installing the modem drivers), I also configured my network settings, with the intention of changing them at a later time. I know those settings are not completely correct.
Now onto the problem:
With these modem drivers, I am able to dial and connect to my ISP only when I am logged in as root. My computer gets an IP address after authentication, but that's where all external interaction stops. I am unable to ping any external addresses (both URLs and IPs, thus indicating my DNS settings are fine). Also, I am using the same settings as my previous Linux install on the same computer, and it worked fine previously.
My question is: if my network settings in Slackware might be improperly configured, is my ppp software going to be affected, hence disabling me from sending out any traffic at all?
My second question is: if I am not logged in as root, why can't I at least establish a connection with my ISP? I can't even get that far as a non-root user.