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Old 08-18-2003, 12:43 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problem connecting with external modem

I'm brand new to Linux, the second day, in fact. I've tried installing Red Hat 8 a few months back, but it wasn't working very well with my system and I gave up on it. Before that, though, I went and purchased a Best Data External Fax/Modem [Model 56SX] that said 'Linux Compatible' on the box.

Now, here I am with Mandrake 9.1, and I'm having some troubles with the modem. The fact of the matter is that I only have the downloadable version, which means I only hold two disks, which DON'T include KPPP. I've tried the connection wizard, but it doesn't respond to my modem. I know it's on TTYS0 [Com1], and I know that it can work. I've used minicom to play with the modem, and I've managed to even get it to call my home phone. It being external, it lights up when it's in use, and it lit up with that. The problem I'm having is connecting to my ISP. Do I need to use KPPP? Minicom? What should I use? I've tried to install some .tar.gz files to replace KPPP, but, unfortunately, it can't even find the 'configure' command. Are all of these on the third disk or something?

Summary: What should I use to connect? Minicom? If so, how do I tell it to connect and start the handshake? If KPPP, where do I get it? And would anyone know why the wizard can't seem to do the job sufficiently?

Thanks for any help!
Old 08-18-2003, 12:52 AM   #2
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you can find an RPM for kppp at
Old 08-18-2003, 01:40 AM   #3
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Post You really need CD 3

If you can get a copy of the third CD it will be a lot better. There's a lot of good stuff on there. If your ISP is local, call and see if they will download and burn a copy for you. Mine will do that for me on big files. Take them CD's first though and make sure it's the right kind.
You need to get 'kdenetwork*". It has kppp and a few other tools that you may need for kppp to work correctly. I had to reinstall once and kppp actually part of the kdenetwork package.
How did you not get the third CD? Did you not download it or was it not in the order for some reason? Just curious.
If you need a good place to get a copy cheap go to I got mine for about $12.00. I didn't notice what country you are from but this one is in the USA.

Hope this helps.

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Muchos gracias

Actually I managed to borrow the disks from a friend, and apparently they got the disks free from somewhere as some special deal, which explains the lack of important files.

Thanks for the input. I suppose I'll have to manage to get the third CD from somewhere around here. I'll check out cheapbytes, too!
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When you get ready to install just go to Control Center then Configuration/Packaging/Install Software. Type 'kppp' into the search and you should see kdenetwork come up. Put a check in the box and click install. You should be good to go.

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REPLY --- external modem

Nothing to worry !!!! If you are not having KPPP .. you can use wvdial rpm to connect to internet.

first chk that wvdial is installed on your system
rpm -q wvdial

if it has been responded positively ..

1. Make sure MODEM is connected with the system and is switched on.
2. go to /usr/bin and run wvdialconf with the following option
wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

This script will detect your modem and configure it accordingly.

output file /etc/wvdial.conf should look like as follows

[Dialer Defaults]
Modem = /dev/ttyS1
Baud = 115200
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 S11=55
Phone =
username =
password =

Now edit /etc/wvdial.conf with your preferred editor, enter the phone number, username and password.. save the file.

and now run the script from the
# wvdial <dialername>

Old 08-19-2003, 07:00 AM   #7
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In Mandrake, the command to dial up with a modem is

ifup ppp0

You can either configur this or run


to create a configuration file for wvdial. This ís the program run by KPPP, you can also run it via command line. Contact
"man wvdial" and man wvdialconf" for further information.

g/ RHR.


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