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dameliod 05-31-2002 10:38 AM

questions on executing floppy program
I am new to Linux and recently installed RedHat 7.2. I am trying to configure PPP. I have downloaded PPPSetup (slackware) on a floppy. What commands to I need to type in from the root in order to execute this program? Do I need to 'mount' anything first? If so, how? Please list the commands, as I am a beginner. Thank You!

trickykid 05-31-2002 01:15 PM

Why can't you use any of the PPP setup programs that come with Redhat ??

Well if you wanted to use a program that you have downloaded onto a floppy, first you have to mount the floppy, and then unpack it then install it depending on what type of file it is. I don't know for sure what the PPPSetup from Slackware will do for you any different from any of the Redhat PPP setups will do... ??

My first question to you is, what kind of modem do you have ? That will help you determine if your going to waste your time if its not supported as it might be a winmodem or something like that.

dameliod 05-31-2002 01:58 PM

sorry for the double post. Thanks for responding.

Actually, I tried using the redhat PPP dialer, I entered all the required information. (I put my modem as 'generic' since it is an older model 56k: it works find in windows98). After I submit the info and try to launch Netscape, I get the following message:

Following Host Unknown

perhaps there is a problem with Ur name server?
If Ur site must use a non root name server U will need to set the
$socks_ns environment variable to point at the appropriate nameserver. It may be necessary (may not be) to set this variable or the socks host preference, to the IP address of the host in question rather than its name.

Do you know how to fix this?

trickykid 05-31-2002 02:47 PM

So does it actually connect or appear to connect after dialing out ?

dameliod 05-31-2002 03:16 PM

It doesn't connect. I do not hear the modem dialing.

trickykid 05-31-2002 04:31 PM

Then I wouldn't worry about launching netscape then, your only going to get "host not found" if your not connected. Any particular error messages when dialing out ?

Have you taken a look at the Modem howto at ? Great info about modems in Linux. Also you never answered on what type of modem you have either, hardware modem or a Winmodem ?

dameliod 06-01-2002 01:40 PM

my modem is a MDP7800.
when I hit the 'debug' option I get the following message:
"unable to initialize modem"

dameliod 06-01-2002 01:42 PM

I also noticed when going through the PPP dialer wizard it has a german flag with what must me german ISP's to choose from. However my time is set to US eastern standard. I don't know how to change this.

dameliod 06-01-2002 01:43 PM

I am in the US by the way.....I meant I'm not sure how to change the german ISP selection to US.

trickykid 06-01-2002 02:07 PM

Your modem appears to be a winmodem which means there is a slight chance it won't work or isn't supported in anyway.
Your going to want to go to for info and see if there are drivers for this particular modem.

dameliod 06-01-2002 02:32 PM

Good call, it is a winmodem. Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

dameliod 06-01-2002 10:01 PM

well, I know have a linux supported modem, "us robotics"
the ppp dialer still shows 'germany' in the wizard, how do I change this to the U.S. so that I can choose the correct ISP?

trickykid 06-02-2002 12:56 AM

You shouldn't have to choose a ISP to connect, you should be able to dial into your own ISP that you may already have an account with. If your modem is a winmodem, first get it working properly if there are drivers for it. Just because its a US Robotics doesn't mean its supported. Is this the same model we were referring to before ??

milos 06-02-2002 01:09 AM

You might want to find out what the name of your driver is and use a text editor to edit your /etc/rc.modules. In this file you might find a line under the heading modems that has your particular driver listed. I think if you uncomment (remove #) that line and reboot you should be able to use/configure your modem. Not sure though because i'm using a cable modem. But that is how I got my ethernet card to work.
good luck

dameliod 06-03-2002 01:23 PM

The PPP dialer asks me to select form a list (cable, modem, isdn)
I select modem. on the next screen there is a german flag with all german ISP's if I leave it blank and type in my isp's info and user name and password I can click finish and work through it fine, but I still can't dial up. I do have a linux compatible modem, its a US robotics 56k performance pro and its supported on the site.

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