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[ale] bellsouth.net adsl setup



Ian,

Is your modem the external ethernet version?  I use
that with Bellsouth and have had great success with
roaring penguin. 

I set it up with adsl-setup and specified in the setup
that I would set the DNS myself.  Then edited the
resolv.conf file, started with adsl-start, and that's
it. 

Are you able to see your ppp interface address when
doing an ifconfig?  If so, I would first ping your DNS
entries and then do a few digs against them to see if
you can do lookups.  As far as DNS entries go, I
called BS and asked for static ips.  

Warning:  Tell them you run Windows but that you just
prefer to have a static DNS entry.  Be persistent and
firm.  *Don't* tell them you're running linux, as
anything that strays from their bs support script
(that they're stammering through while speaking to
you) seems to have a "deer caught in the headlights"
affect ;-).  At that point, all you'll get is "uh,
well, we don't support linux...".

FWIW, I'm out of the country currently but when I
return home next week I can send you my DNS entries if
you still need them.

John



--- Ian Kennedy <ikennedy at woa.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> My name is Ian Kennedy and I'm pretty new to linux -
> getting into it because I am administrating an
> apache server and I've heard so many great things
> about the os. So I've set up a dual boot Mandrake
> 8.1/Win2k pro system here at home, where I have a
> small Mac and PC network. I am also waiting to
> configure a ClarkConnect box to serve as a
> fileserver,printserver and router. If all goes well,
> I would also like to give a ppc distro a shot.
> Anyway, there's my introduction.
> 
> Since bellsouth is so prevalent in GA, I was hoping
> someone here might be able to help. Before you RTM
> me, know that I have gone through roaring penguin's
> documentation, Mandrake's reference manual, and the
> RH Linux Administrator's
> Handbook... I'm still struggling.
> 
> I'm using an Alcatel Speedtouch Home Modem (*not
> USB*). My adsl will connect in linux through pppoe
> (status connected, modem lights ablinking, etc.) but
> I can't ping or find servers. I checked my
> /etc/resolv.conf file, and there are DNS
> entries, though they were provided on connection. Do
> I need to call bellsouth and get DNS and enter them
> manually? Or is my problem something else entirely.
> 
> I'm not afraid to edit .conf files (I'm even
> learning vim :)), in fact, I would prefer to fix it
> this way, so if anyone has any suggestions, please
> include the path to files I need to check/configure.
> 
> Thanks in advance - and if I can convince my wife to
> let me, I may bring the imac up to the install-fair
> next saturday and meet some of you folks.
> 
> Ian Kennedy
> www.slipdesign.com
> 
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