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Old 05-28-2004, 12:36 PM   #1
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Help setting up ADSL

I've been trying to set up an ADSL (Vibe) connection. It's working on our Windows 98 computer so I know the signal is coming to us. I am trying to get it to work with Linux. I'm using Mandrake 9.1 with kernel version 2.4.21-0.13mdk, as the following output shows:

root>cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.21-0.13mdk ( (gcc version 3.2.2 (Mandrake Linux 9.1 3.2.2-3mdk)) #1 Fri Mar 14 15:08:06 EST 2003

Now, my ethernet port is built into my motherboard. I think it's working now. At first I tried using drakconnect, which comes with Mandrake, to connect, but it was saying I don't have an Ethernet Network Adapter. Then I installed the drivers for my motherboard (an nVidia chipset), and that error went away. The output of ifconfig eth0 is:

root>ifconfig eth0
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:6E:4A:4C:FD
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:9 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:288 (288.0 b)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x1000

I then tried using rp-pppoe, the so-called "Roaring Penguin", to connect to the internet. I ran adsl-setup and answered the questions. I'm pretty sure I answered the questions correctly because I contacted my phone company about some of them. But then, when I ran adsl-start, it sat there for about 30 seconds and then timed out. It gave an incomprehensible error message, which is as follows:

................TIMED OUT
/usr/sbin/adsl-start: line 194: 17150 Terminated $CONNECT "$@" >/dev/null 2>&1

The strange thing is, the same thing happens if the modem isn't even connected to the computer.

I'm pretty sure my service uses dynamic IP addresses, i.e. it assigns me a different IP address every time I connect to the Internet. Do I have to do something special for that? When I installed the Ethernet driver, it seems to have given me an IP address of Is that some kind of special address? I deleted the line in /etc/hosts that was added which contained the IP address and hostname that drakconfig asked for, but it didn't seem to make a difference.

Does the modem need an extra driver or something? The phone company told me it uses pppoe, and I assumed that having a pppoe client would be sufficient.

Can anyone help me get it working? I'd especially like to know what that error message means. Also, is there a kernel module to handle pppoe instead of using rp-pppoe? If so, where can I find out how to use it? Maybe if I tried it with that it would give a more detailed error message.
Old 05-28-2004, 03:48 PM   #2
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How are the computers connected to the modem?

Do not configure the network adapter to start at boot time. As a test try (as root):

ifdown eth0

Look at the output of /sbin/ifconfig. Do you now have a ppp0?

Last edited by michaelk; 05-28-2004 at 03:49 PM.
Old 05-28-2004, 07:31 PM   #3
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Thanks so much! It works now, and I'm replying to this from my Linux computer.

I guess when I was using drakconnect I set it up to connect at boot time, and it must have done something without telling me what. Do you know how I undo that setting so I can set it properly in inittab?

I guess the makers of rp-pppoe still have some work to do; that error message could have probably told me that I have it set up to connect at the computer's startup.


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