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Old 12-04-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
AlaskanWolf
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Am I just stupid, or is my copy of DSL faulty?


Downloaded DSL v4.0, finally got it burned to disc so that it boots on startup on my Compaq Presario comp. Nice desktop. Plays a nice game of solitare, but I expected to do a bit more with it. I tried to set up the internet connection, and after some digging found all the necessary info to log on to PeoplePC, but the log on failed. No reason given, just that it failed. More searching on my comp led me to the fact that my modem is a WinModem, so is software based meaning I couldn't use it while running DSL. So, I checked the wonderful HELP screen on DSL and found that to use my internet connection all I had to do was to link to XP. "Just use smbtree to acquire the necessary info, then enter it into smbclient and you are off and running."; or so was the claim. First roadblock - NO smbtree subprogram in the NET folder, but there is smbclient. Where to get the smbtree info concerning Domain, Machine, Share, Name and Password as required by smbclient? Easy to find the Name and Password, just open windows right click on My Computer and go to Properties... Click on Computer Name tab and there is the name. If you are using a password to boot the windows then that is the password. Two of the five pieces of info needed, but have no idea how, or where, I might find the Domain (Could it be WINDOWS XP?), Machine (COMPAQ?) or SHARE (Whatever that means)?
I know most of those reading this will just chuckle and move on, but I would appreciate some help for someone who is not a comp geek. And, PLEASE, before you tell me to "just enter the command: 'DO THIS' and all will be well" TELL ME WHERE TO ENTER THE COMMAND! You have to take me by the hand, or nose, and lead me along the path if I am to find my way.
I have also done some research and some have suggested using DHCP instead of the smbclient route to get access to my modem, but when I click on the DHCP button on the APS/DSLpanel nothing happens. So back to square one there again.
I have ordered a disc version of PUPPY, but will keep messing with DSL until it comes. Hopefully, PUPPY will be more "user friendly" than DSL and not require a degree in computer sciences to operate.
Would like to have both versions available, depending on the comp I am using, and I also have a determined streak that won't let me give up on DSL after spending almost a week trying to get it to work as I need it. *S*
Any suggestions?

Thanks for letting me vent,
AlaskanWolf
 
Old 12-05-2007, 05:02 AM   #2
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No, you're not stupid, but we all do have a 'moment', occasionally.

That said, domain would be your internet service provider (AOL or whatever).

Name would be your user name for the ISP.

Password would be the one you selected to logon to your ISP, not the one for Windows.

The rest of the info is found in the WinXP Control Panel, under Internet Connections, if I recall correctly.

Hope this helps...

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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Let's go at this another way...

I am running Windows XP Sp2 on my Compaq. I use PeoplePC on dialup. I have used DialGuard to determine my PeoplePC log on name (it is a modification of the one I use to log on with) and my password (which is a string of about 30 characters and not the one I log on with). I have used the Properties tab on My Computer to determine the Full Computer Name and Workgroup.

SMBCLIENT asks for five pieces of information:

DOMAIN (Is this my ISP or something else?)

MACHINE (Have no idea what this.)

SHARE (No idea about this either)

NAME (Is this the Full Computer Name or my PeoplePC logon name?)

PASSWORD (I use no password to boot my comp so am I correct in assuming that this is the
PeoplePC password?)

Do I need to have information in each box, i.e. will it work with only the Domain, Name and Password?

THX,
AlaskanWolf
 
Old 12-05-2007, 04:44 PM   #4
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Is PeoplePC your internet service provider, or your selected home page?

Example: My ISP is zoominternet, my home page is Yahoo. When I set up a new internet connection, the info for logging on would be for zoominternet. Everything for Yahoo is done on Yahoo after a connection is established.

Therefore, Domain is your ISP, Name is your ISP user name, and Password is your ISP password. You need those three to log onto the internet. Machine would be your computer name, and I doubt it needs to be the same as in Windows. Share probably is referring to internet connection sharing, and is most likely optional, unless your connection is shared.

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Old 12-06-2007, 04:40 PM   #5
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THX dragonslayer, I did as you instructed, and unfortunately my wonderful WIN modem won't accept the log on. So I guess I will have to pick up an external modem to get online. It's no wonder that more people don't get LINUX, the extraneous expenses for new equipment is too much. Haven't received my copy of linux Puppy yet, but have been going thru the manual I found online via the dowload pages listed here. It also suggests getting an external modem so I guess it will be a while before I can log on with Linux. Haven't even gotten to the printer, which even WIN won't recognize, so I can, at least, look forward to the expense of a new printer as well.

Wolf
 
Old 12-28-2007, 01:53 AM   #6
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Don't know if you got your problem fixed, but with the peoplepc be sure to use "username@peoplepc.com" instead of just "username." That is one of the 'simple things' that trip people up.
 
  


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