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Old 11-16-2003, 01:58 AM   #31
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Ive just looked through TrashCanMan's "howto" advice post, that's pretty much how I connected mine when I was still using it. One thing that I've tended to do is tick the box for "connect at boot" then If like me you never switch the computer off, you're always connected, but you will have to sus out firewalls (which is another story entirely). If you're in the habit of switching the pc off, then it doesn't matter, you will just get your connection after you've booted it up.

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Old 11-16-2003, 02:07 AM   #32
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Sorry.
I had to reboot back into Mandrake to see what the boxes actually say.
It's PROVIDER name not Domain name.
Anyway, I fill in BT Openworld, then do all the other stuff, click on connect - nothing.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 02:26 AM   #33
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Ok, so you will need to check that you have the "mgmt.o" file in /usr/share/speedtouch (I think that's the name of the directory). You could also get the alcaudsl.sys file in windows, copy it to a floppy but you would then have to rename it to mgmt.o and then copy it to the /usr/share/speedtouch directory.

The provider name shouldn't matter - I seem to remember just putting pipex - the username would be the one that BTopenworld provide and "their" pass word.

When you are running the wizard, there maybe a default check box for "dhcp". I'd have a check of your service and see if it is a static ip, or dynamic ip - dynamic leave the dhcp checked, static, uncheck the dhcp box and put the IP numbers in the "dns server" box.

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Old 11-16-2003, 02:34 AM   #34
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mgmt.o is in the right place.
There is no check box for dhcp.
It still doesn't work.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 03:38 AM   #35
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Aha!
Reply from MandrakeExpert themselves.

"15/11 09:45 : Reply received
Sir,

There is currently a problem with this modem, we are working on solving it.

Regards"

That's good of them isn't it?
Customer service from Mandrake!
Who'd have thunk it!
 
Old 11-16-2003, 09:07 AM   #36
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Well,

At least that's something. Though the "support" was broken under 8.2 as well i.e. it worked (apparently) under 8.1, then when 8.2 was released, it didn't but there was a work around (which is when I started using mandrake).

Ive just had a mega look around and the post that I used to get my one up and running (mine was the one that looked like a "turquoise cow shit" - the original version, but I understand that it the work around also worked with the later models like the 330.

It looks like [they] have updated the info on getting it working you will have to read it carefully and follow the steps that are found here, these doc's are a lot newer and more refined than when I first had to get mine configured.

It just depends whether you are like me as to whether you want, and I mean want to get the modem working, or whether you would "through some money at the problem".

Because, as far as I can see, you've got 3 choices, (1)follow the above link, you should learn some stuff but follow the instructions meticulously,

or (2) you could revert to mandrake 9.1, in which case, you SHOULD ONLY have to get the microcode i.e. the mgmt.o file or rename the alcaudsl.sys file after copying from windows to disc - that should get you connected

or (3) money dependant, you could do what I did. To explain, it used to really piss me off having to wait for my connection during the reboot between windows and mandrake - all that modem reinitialisation shit and so on. I also ended up havin a strange problem - it would fail to connect and I would get log information to say the error was to do with line 150 of the speedtouch.sh (the speedtouch shell script) it would tell me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx command not found - I couldn't find a proper solution (i found one on the mandrake cooker mailing list, but it didn't work) and the only way out was to re-install the whole OS.

So I got one of these (actually I got the SAR110 which was the predecessor to the 130 model). I found it was a severe STROKE of F*****G GENIOUS. You plug the thing in, between the wall plug and the pc (you will need a network card inside the pc - about a tenner from pcworld) install the software in windows and do the config - the user guide was very helpful, but they even have their own forums set up (though the assistance that I got via phone on one occassion was mega helpful). Once you have the thing configure for windows, you just boot back into mandrake and run the drakconnect wizard telling it to configure it as a LAN and use the same IP address that you selected with windows (you could choose another if you want as long as it's in the "range") and you're away. I haven't checked the spec on the 130 model, but as it's more up to date than my 110, I presume it's better (it's definitely cheaper).

You can set it up to act as your firewall, so you don't have any concerns about the connection staying up and shit like that, or if like I've got now, you need more ports (I've still got just the 1 pc, but I got a second hand networked laser printer from a mate of mine so I had to get a hub (it's cheaper to get the hub with the modem/router). But connection problems, what connection problems.

Honestly, if you can stretch to the 50 I seriously recommend you think about this. No only are things as simple as above, but when it comes to trying different distro's, you just use the "LAN configuration" and you're connected. Linux seems to work so much better with ethernet, than having the potential of hassle that you can get with USB.

So, it's up to you.

regards

John

p.s. sorry I couldn't hang around this morning to try to assist further, but I couldn't see to type straight
 
Old 11-16-2003, 09:58 AM   #37
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There seems to be a parallel thread going on in French on Mandrake Club.
My French is rubbish but I think these guys are onto something.
http://www.mandrakeclub.com/modules....14468&forum=11
 
Old 11-16-2003, 12:59 PM   #38
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Yeah, see what you mean. And I bet my french is as bad, if not worse than yours.

Have you tried googling for the thread and then hitting the "translate this page" ??

Just an idea, it might not work (unlike me in about an hours time! ).

Ha, they might be onto something, though I suspect that they've tried the stuff that I linked to earlier - I looks like they are discussing variations of that.


And I still say that my suggestion of changing to modem/router is the best long term solution.

Cos once it's set up, you should never have any probs.

regards

John
 
  


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