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Old 12-23-2001, 10:19 AM   #1
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problems with PPP


I am having problems trying to get a working internet connection on Mandrake 8 using kppp under 2.4.3 kernel. Thing is initially everything did work, and then i set up and used a second ISP connection with kppp. Since then, the whole process has slowed down considerably and it always disconnects just after PPP sends all its gumpf after authentication. Now i have tried just about everything to try and persuade kppp to connect with my original ISP from deleting the second ISP's details, to resetting my modem to factory settings and boosting all the relevant timeouts - nothing. what really puzzles me is how these settings were fine before hand and have now become either irrelevant or irrevocably broken since my using the second ISP. anyway i have asked several sources for help - zip so far. so i decided to set up everything manually and went to the following page:-

and followed the instructions there. apparently PPPd 2.4.0 which i had been using is a bit buggy so i upgraded it to 2.4.1 and tried again with kppp - no change. ok so i went back to the above document and was going fine until it asked me to test if pppd was present and correct which you do by:-

$ /usr/sbin/pppd

this is where i ran into problems (again). initially under kernel 2.4.3 it fired out a lot of garbage which included this:-

invalid operand 0000
<0>Kernel panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler!
In interrupt handler, not syncing

and then it totally froze linux, leaving me with the only option of shoving a pen into the reset button.

Since then i have upgraded the kernel to 2.4.8 and now in response to

$ /usr/sbin/pppd

i get nothing and after 30 seconds or so it returns peaceably to the prompt. I was warned to expect this and told to enter:-

$ /usr/sbin/pppd `tty`

same result. then i was told to see if /dev/ppp exists, because if it does then PPP should be up and running (ie compiled into the kernel - which it was) and it is there. so what i have is a ppp that is to all intents not there, yet the file evidence says that it is and the above page does not give any help in that situation. so i'm stuck. any help really needed, thanks.

Old 12-24-2001, 02:48 AM   #2
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are you using dialup or is this dsl? if it's dialup, then try using wvdial - it's much easier than trying to do ppp manually. i'd only recommend that for sadists.


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