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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Configuring the connection (Dial UP)

Fig 2.2
Fig 2.2

You can accomplish the connection by clicking the network & Internet icon from the control center main menu

  • Click on Network & Internet
  • Click on connection
  • You can create a profile or leave as default.
  • Click on wizard
  • Click on expert
  • Click on next
  • Select on normal modem connection.
  • Uncheck LAN connection if detected.
  • Click on next
  • Select ttyS#/com port for the modem
  • Click next
  • Fill out the required info
    1. ) Name
    2. ) Phone number
    3. ) Login ID
    4. )Password
  • Click next
  • Answer yes to connect to the internet
  • Click next

Note: This wizard will only be successful if you entered the correct COM port, and if your modem is working properly.

The easiest way to configure a Dial up KPPP

If your connection did not work, quit the control center and follow these steps. You should use KPPP dial up tool instead of the control center, as it is faster and more efficient in configuring your dial up.

  • Click on the start menu (big K)
  • Click on Networking
  • Click on Remote access
  • Click on KPP (internet dial up tool)
    Fig 2.3Fig 2.3
  • Click on Setup
    Fig 2.4Fig 2.4
  • Click on Device
    Fig 2.5Fig 2.5

Observe closely the modem device drop down menu might have /dev/modem as default. Click on the drop down arrow and you will see a list of /dev/ttys, these are the COM ports.
Com ports equivalent:


/dev/stty0	=	com1
/dev/stty1	=	com2
/dev/stty2	=	com3
/dev/stty3	=	com4
Fig 2.6
Fig 2.6

External modems, most likely will be on com1 or com2. Whatever your case is, select the appropriate COM port for your modem and click OK.

Click on set up again.

  • Click on modem
    Fig 2.7
    Fig 2.7
  • Click on Query Modem
Fig 2.8Fig 2.8

If the COM port selected is correct, the query progress will display from 0% to 100% and will display the Modem Query Result window. Click close.

Fig 2.9
Fig 2.9

If the COM port selected is incorrect, you will receive modem not found or can't open port. Try selecting different COM ports until you find the correct one. Test it by querying the modem. When your query is successful that means your modem is working properly. Figure 2.9 demonstrates a successful query result. Next, Setup the account given to you by your ISP and try to make a connection.

  • Click on Account
  • Click on New
  • Click on Dialog setup
    Fig 2.10
    Fig 2.10
  • Type the connection name (connection name is not the Login ID, fig. 2.10 )
  • Click on Add to add a phone number (if you need a number to dial out include it as well)
    Fig 2.11
    Fig 2.11
  • Enter the phone number of your ISP and click OK
  • Select the box for Store password if you want the system to remember your password.
  • Click OK
  • Click Ok again
  • Type your user name (Login ID) and password
  • Click on connect
Fig 2.12
Fig 2.12

Once you click on Connect, the modem should start Dialing. Congratulations you are on the Internet!

On the task bar, you should see a world icon that is the Konqueror web browser. To launch, click on it. Or find Mozilla on the Sub-menu.

  • Kstart =>Networking => www =>Mozilla.
Fig 2.13
Fig 2.13

To set your home page on Konqueror click on setting, scroll down to: Configure Konqueror. On Home URL type your favorite Website Address and click OK. Next time you open Konqueror it will take you to your home page, if not, just click home from your browser.