Originally Posted by spirobulldog2004
... On XP Home the dial-up modem did work and I could connect to my ISP. Now that I have Mepis installed it will not get a dial-tone...
Your MODEM does not need to produce or pass an audible dial-tone to work, and the lack of a dial-tone does not mean your MODEM is not working (could be on 'silent' mode).
Linux dial-up apps assume you do not want the noise passed through the MODEM.
If you must hear the noise... look for the dial-up pppd
configuration file. Set M1 (noise on) and L3 (loudest noise). If you are in a hotel, hospital or office building which has its own exchange, and the standard dial tone is not available, use X3 (ignore dial tone) and commas (,) to pause before dialing.
Look for "No Dial Tone" errors to indicate that your MODEM is not seeing an active telephone line.
High-speed lines (cable, DSL, ADSL, ISDN) do not have a dial-tone.
Hmm... Is your telephone line DSL? If you have an analog MODEM, it will not work on DSL/ISDN...
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To configure your PPP for noise in Mepis...
KDE >> INTERNET >> CONNECTION >> INTERNET DIALUP TOOL (KPPP)...
(the DIAL tab should be the current tab)
CONFIGURE >> NEW >> MANUAL SETUP >> (ISP name) >> ADD >> (enter ISP telephone) >> OK...
CUSTOMIZE PPPD ARGUMENTS >> M1 L3 >> ADD >> OK...
OK >> (select your ISP name) >> (enter password) >> CONNECT