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Old 07-20-2003, 06:12 AM   #1
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How do I connect to the internet

I have just installed SuSE Linux 8.2 on to my PC; I have installed it on a 14GB partition of my 60GB IDE HD, the rest of my HD is used by windows XP. The installation was very easy and all my hardware including my ADSL USB modem was detected, SuSE was up and running within 30 mins, before I take the plunge and delete windows from my PC and use Linux exclusively I have one major problem that needs to be resolved HOW DO I CONNECT TO THE INTERNET.

As stated previously my ADSL USB modem has been detected, I have also downloaded a Linux driver for my modem from the manufacturer’s website. How do I install the driver to make my modem work and how do I then connect to the internet.

I have researched the problem on the internet and have found out it should be possible connect using my current hardware but all the instructions are at the moment far to technical for me to understand.

For your information my hardware details are as follows:

Gigabyte 7DXE motherboard.
60 GB HD (14GB used by SuSE).
Geforce Ti4200 graphics card.
Soundblaster 4.1 sound card.
512MB DDR 2100 ram.
Sagem F@st 800 ADSL USB modem.
My ISP is Tiscali I use the 512k broadband package.

As stated I am looking to use SuSE exclusively i.e.: uninstall windows XP, but this is not going to happen if I can't connect to the internet.

I look forward to your reply but please bear in mind my lack of technical knowledge of Linux when replying.
Old 07-20-2003, 06:25 AM   #2
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What format did the driver come in that you downloaded? Is it a .rpm file or a tar.gz or what?...
Old 07-20-2003, 07:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help.

The driver format was a TGZ file.
Old 07-20-2003, 10:12 AM   #4
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Post GZip and Tar

If you want to extract the driver,
the following command will extract the files in the current directory:
tar -zxvf <driver_file.tgz>

This command let's you specify another location:
tar -zxvf <driver_file.tgz> -C <directory>

As for the installation process, there should be a ReadMe file among the extracted files.

Last edited by Mathieu; 07-20-2003 at 10:15 AM.
Old 07-20-2003, 07:44 PM   #5
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After the installation process, the ADSL modem might be detected as /dev/eth0. Run yast (I think) and set up it from there. In Windows, is the network settings set so that it gets the IP address automatically. If it is, in yast set it up to get an IP address automatically. If not you need to specifiy the DNS, gateway, and IP address in LINUX. Next you will need to setup firewall. You can use IPtables or something else. If have other computers that you want to be connected to the internet, you will need to setup DHCP service, setup masquading, install a NIC or a network card, and buy either a hub or a switch.


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