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Old 03-18-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Bell Sympatico on Slackware

I searched the forums and i cant see any topic on this. I installed slackware 10.1, and the only two problems I have are no sound and no internet. Ill just go into internet for this thread.

I have bell sympatico highspeed and I connect from a modem through my ethernet. In windows, I use a username (b1xxxx) and password. No matter what I do, I cant get the internet running. I know its possible because I had succeded in it some 3 months ago when I last tried slackware.

When I run netconfig, I dont know which option to choose. Im pretty sure that when I choose loopback it gives me a wrong ip address. When I choose dchp, I dont know I have to type or what I have to type into that box they give you.

When I run adsl-setup, do I use my b1xxx as a username? OR do I add the at the end of that too? For windows, I just use the b1xxx.

For the rest of the stuff, I used default and for DNS servers, I put in "server". Does anyone know if thats right? I dont even know if I should have eth0.


edit: I've gone into "ipconfig" on windows several times, and I think my ip changes. It usually starts the same, (with 64) but the last few numbers change. Im not sure if that helps or not.

edit2: I can do adsl-start, and succed in connecting with just about into option I choose. But none of the options allow me to browse the internet in dropline-gnome. When I do adsl-status, or ifconfig, the dns servers and all that look like they agree with the windows counterparts.

Also- can I change all these setting while in dropline-gnome at the terminal? Or do I have to log out each time to see if they work?

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Old 03-18-2005, 09:19 AM   #2
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I have been using Sympatico high speed for over a year now. I'm running Mandrake, and have a router, so things for me are a little different.

When I run adsl-setup, do I use my b1xxx as a username? OR do I add the at the end of that too? For windows, I just use the b1xxx.
You would use b1xxx as a user name and yoru password. ( My setup is in the router, and that is all I have ).

When I run netconfig, I dont know which option to choose. Im pretty sure that when I choose loopback it gives me a wrong ip address. When I choose dchp, I dont know I have to type or what I have to type into that box they give you.
Sympatico does run DHCP. If I restart my router, I sometimes get a different IP address as well. That is O.K. For DNS I'm set up for "automatic". I believe they send me the DNS IP's once I connect.

I can not help with the command netconfig. I guess that is a Slack thing. Mandy doesn't have the command. ( at least not on my 9.2 installation ).

I dont even know if I should have eth0.
eth0 should be your first ethernet card. Yes you need at least one, and eth0 is fine.

I went to the Sympatico web site and found the following document for setting up PPPOe for Linux. Here is teh URL.

This document provides step by step instructions on installing the PPPoE driver for the Linux operating system. Please note, however, that Sympatico Member Services (SMS) does not provide technical support, or troubleshooting, for these configurations as the Sympatico High Speed Internet service does not support Linux at this time.


1. Download the following system files (right-click each link, then click Save Target As... to save file to your hard drive):
* free_pty
* pppoe
* start-pppoe
* stop-pppoe
* options.pppoe

2. Place files: free_pty, pppoe, start-pppoe, and stop-pppoe in the directory /usr/local/bin

You can use a different binary directory, but you will need to reflect those changes in the start-pppoe shell script.

If you do not have the PPP daemon installed on your system, you should install it now. You should find it on your Linux distribution CD.The latest version can be found at

3. Edit start-pppoe, supply the information that is needed to access Sympatico

4. Update /etc/ppp/chap-secrets and pap-secrets with your login User ID and password information. See manual pages for pppd for more information. Also, be sure to supply your UserID information in start-pppoe

5. Place options.pppoe in the /etc/ppp directory

If you do not have an ethernet nic installed you should do that now. Refer to Net-HOWTO or Linux related documentation for help on setting up networking. "ifconfig" can be used to list the network interfaces currently up and running on you system.
Depending on how you had previously setup your ethernet port, you may need to put your ethernet interface in a more amenable state for running pppoe.

6. Try ifconfig eth0 up -arp

This has the effect of stopping all IP activities on the ethernet interface leaving it just to send and receive PPPoE packets.

Note, Leaving an old IP address on any network interface that is of the same sub network as the one your PPPoE connection will use, will cause the connection to fail. An IP Address from the list of private addresses should not be a problem.

7. Now you can run /usr/local/bin/start-pppoe

* If you were successful in connecting to the internet, you should be able to run ifconfig and see details of a new driver ppp0.
* To stop the pppoe run /usr/local/bin/stop-pppoe.
* You can view the Service Names and Access Concentrator Names by running /usr/local/bin/pppoe -L.
* If you need to specify a specific name, this will aid you in getting the spelling correct, when you enter it into start-pppoe.
* /usr/local/bin/pppoe -v will show the version number of the pppoe program.
Old 03-18-2005, 03:54 PM   #3
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Wow! Thanks. I can't beleive that worked Every sympatico member that doesnt connect through a router should use the above


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