Thanks, Nis for the inittab pointer. That's what I was looking for.
As far as the V.Everything modem, this thing is not a Winmodem (I made sure of that a while back as I thought this platform may go Linux). I will check the board later this weekend to see what chipset is on it.
I tried a couple of things that didn't work. I modified the /etc/rc.d/rc.serial and did a setserial /dev/ttS2 addr 0x2F8 port 4 (and then uncommented the line in /etc/rc.d/rc/S so that this script would run). I tried this so that I could select ttS2 in the KPP program. Didn't fly.
So I have two other things to try but don't know how to go about it.
1) Change /dev/modem to point to /dev/ttS5 (PCI modem). I am a newbie and I don't know how to do this. Any thoughts?
2) Figure out how to show /dev/ttS5 in the device list in KPPP. Right now, it only shows S1 through S4. I don't know how KPPP gets this list. I was contemplating grep'ing the source somewhere.
screw the USR modem and go get a cheapy 56k modem that is ISA flavor (and not a Winmodem). I am cheap myself so I really don't like this idea.
Background: Slackware 9.1, KDE 3.1. I should point out that I tried MandrakeLive about a week or so ago and it found the modem just fine (and worked).
If anybody has ideas on this, thanks!