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Old 01-19-2004, 12:42 AM   #1
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How to get on the net with linux

Hi People,
My installation of RH 9 went good. I have everything recognized with the exception of the modem. Well in fact, last week I decided to forget about the internal modem and I got a Pace, Mobi Fax 24, external modem connected and it seems that it was recognized by the system, because I got the pop out window saying that it had detected new hardware and if I wanted to run the system configuration tool or something in those lines.
Well, it did and everything was OK. But the fact remains that I can not get on the net. Do I need to install any ISP software like Freeserve or others like it? I know I have the browser, Mozzila.
I'm lost, could anyone give me some help?
Thanks a lot
Old 01-19-2004, 01:00 AM   #2
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Well, I am not exactly an expert, but I do know this. You almost have to get a modem that specifically says it supports linux. Most internal modems are winmodems, which basically means no linux. As far as your mobi modem goes, I do not know if it is supported, check makers website or the documentation.
Old 01-19-2004, 01:09 AM   #3
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Yes thats why I decided to forget about the internal one, although it is not a software modem, it is a PCI modem, but it was giving me to much pain.
Now I got this external one because someone said that almost all external modems would work with linux, and as I said everything seem to be OK, and it actually said that it had been recognized, but then nothing happens.
Do you know if I have to get an ISP software downloaded as we do in WIN?
Old 01-19-2004, 02:36 AM   #4
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As long as a driver module exists for your modem module, it's okay. And there is software available to make certain Winmodems work under Linux. Go to to see which ones will work.

You'll only need to look for special software to go on the Internet if you need special software in Windows. If you don't need special software, there are GNU and KDE/GNOME tools that allow you to dial in and establish a connection, much like Windows' generic Dial-up Networking utility. I'm not an expert on networking, but you could look for tools that have PPP in their name.
Old 01-19-2004, 02:44 AM   #5
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yeah its kppp in kde and gnome ppp in gnome
its usually in /usr/bin
Old 01-19-2004, 03:19 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot to both of you for your tips.
I will try that.
Old 01-19-2004, 06:01 AM   #7
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AstroPicacu (What happens when #25 goes into space (Pkmn Fans will appreciate that))...

I may be no expert but I would Like to point out that in RH8 (Very similar to 9) that there is the network device configuration (in either the system settings or system tools menu) where you can set up a modem, it will take your username and pwd etc... and even dial on startup, this is a Root user tool only though so that is why they have included a mini version called 'Network' which can turn a network device on and off... Handy because it is both Gnome and Kde...

I also had an Internal Modem, Motorola SM56... It was a winmodem... It croaked myseriously (I didn't do it though... the case was padlocked) so we Got An AcerModem 56 Surf (external) worked a treat, for 3 days... we then discovered that our ISP wasn't V.90 Kflex (or whatever the standard is) compliant, so we Got ADSL. End of story.

Trust me Get ADSL Love it
Old 01-19-2004, 07:00 PM   #8
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Roger that
I'm trying and trying...
Everything is OK you know?
The scaner works fine, as it does the printer, I haven't tried the joystick; but the moem is cracking me up. I will keep trying.
A big thanks to all of you nice people, who are allways willing to help and share knowlege.
Thanks again.
Hip, hip linuuux...
Old 04-26-2004, 04:35 AM   #9
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Get the drivers here
Old 04-26-2004, 04:54 AM   #10
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I have tried to get some details on the modem and the bad news is that according to the website PACE has gone down the tubes and no info is available. You should have a manual with the modem. Most external modems connect to the serial port. So if you have the modem connected to COM1 (dos ) or /dev/ttyS0 (linux) then using kppp run setup and query ttyS0 or ttyS1. If there are no errors its really just a question of setting up the number to dial and login details.

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