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Old 05-05-2004, 01:16 AM   #1
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new computer and os, how do i connect to the net

hello everyone,

i just got my first computer from my friend who left the country. it has slackware on it. when i go to the graphics mode (kde), i dont know how to connect to the internet. im using an external speedstream 5260 modem with a soho10/100 NIC.

i read some posts about using kppp or typing in netconfig commend but i dont know anything about computers, i just want something to be able to check my email so i dont have to go to the public library each time and wait an hour in line !

is there an easy way of setting it up or am i doomed and have to understand a lot of code and complicated computer jargon.

Old 05-05-2004, 03:12 AM   #2
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hello ftcnt,
I am going to assume that you have signed up with an ADSL-provider.
Unfortunately there arent really any nice tools to help you set up your internet connection that come with slackware.
You mention kppp. However this doesnt work for DSL connections. Best thing to do is use the rp-pppoe tools, which arent really user friendly IMHO.

Here is how to set it up (you only need to do this once):
1) Go to the K-Menu, select run command.... In the window that pops up, type konsole. This leaves you with a command line interface (I know, it sucks. As of now there doesnt seem to be a better way, though).
2)Now type su <enter> and give the root-password (the one that is the most powerful one. Probably not your normal user password, but the extra one. Post back here, if you dont know, what I mean).
3)If this worked without an error, you can now type adsl-setup <enter>. Now the computer will ask you lots of questions that might sound confusing at times, but except for user-name and password (your ADSL provider must have sent you this information!) the default answers should suffice.

As soon as this finished, you have your internet connection set up successfully.

From then on, any time you want to go online, you need to repeat steps 1 - 2 and instead of 3 you need to do this:
Type adsl-start <enter>. As soon as it says Connected! you are online and can use your normal tools to access the internet.
When you are done, you can stop the connection:
Type adsl-stop <enter> where you said adsl-start before.

I am sorry it is this complicated. Slackware is not made with newbies in mind. Hopefully there will be a better solution soon (maybe kdsl will become mature enough one of these days).

I hope this has helped you. Come back here if you have more questions.
Good luck,
- drowstar

Not important, but may be nice to know: If you leave the command line thing open after you issued the adsl-start command, you wont need to repeat steps 1-3 to bring the connection down. Typing adsl-stop <enter> will suffice.
Old 05-05-2004, 11:47 AM   #3
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router config?

wow thanks a lot it worked !

but my roommate is being a pain. he says that i have to connect through a router but each time i put the connection through the d-link 604 router it doesnt work. do i post that question here or ask in the networking section.

is there another command that i need to configure it with the router?

thanks a lot, you saved me a lot of time


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