LesterBush wrote:I'm very new at Linux. Could you tell me like you would a five year old, how to set up a modem to work on Linux? Also, my screen won't properly display Mint 4.0
As for the screen problems, I hope you can get some help at these forums.
For modems/dial-up, it's gonna be a bit difficult to walk you through it from here, I think! Well, my first Linux experience was with a laptop that I bought with Linux preinstalled (the distro was Linspire), so all that was taken care of, it was easy to connect.
If your computer is/was a Windows computer, chances are you won't be able to use the modem in Linux. When I started installing Linux on Windows computers, I ended up picking up some external serial modems to use with Linux. They can be found used, pretty cheap (my first one I got free from work, one they were discarding, and the other two I found online, about $12 bucks). Highly suggested for dial-up users who use Linux.
If you don't have an external serial modem, I think you are going to have a very difficult time getting anywhere. My understanding is that a few "winmodems" do work in Linux, but I didn't have the patience to try to deal with any of them.
Seems to me that getting dial-up going with a KDE distro is a lot easier than with GNOME distros like Ubuntu or Mint, simply because the KDE distros I've used already had the application kppp
there by default. In Ubuntu and Mint, gnome-ppp
hasn't been there by default so I've had to start out with other methods to get online. Kind of a hassle, but in the end it works. But (and don't flame me here!) I think that a distro like Mepis makes it a lot easier for dial-up users. PCLinuxOS is another good one.
Once you know that you have a modem you can use, then getting it set up depends on which distro you're using and which application you're using in that distro.
For Mint 4.0 (Daryna), you should take a look at this page:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Dialu ... 7ebe9c8ef6
See the section "For Ubuntu, without installing additional software, using NetworkAdmin." This is the approach I've used for Ubuntu and Mint because gnome-ppp wasn't there by default. Once online, I usually download gnome-ppp from the repositories and switch to using that because I like it better. The instructions for that are in the next section, "For Ubuntu, alternative approach (using gnome-ppp)." Things were basically the same for Ubuntu as they were for Mint.
With Ubuntu Hardy Heron, and I presume with Mint 5.0 (Elyssa), some of the things are a bit different. I struggled a bit getting dial-up to work in Hardy but eventually got it, and I'm expecting the same when I finally install Elyssa.
Here are a couple of other web pages you might find useful:http://www.debianadmin.com/setting-up-d ... buntu.htmlhttps://help.ubuntu.com/community/DialupModemHowto
This is a subject you're going to have to research and think about. I hope some of the things I've mentioned here will be helpful to you. Getting dial-up to work in Linux hasn't been so easy for me, except (as I mentioned above) my first Linux computer. But it does work once you get things figured out -- I'm using it with Mepis, Mint, Debian Etch, Ubuntu Hardy, and Kubuntu Dapper, and I've used it with PCLOS, and before that Linspire and Xandros. The above web pages provide some good step-by-steps and screenshots for Ubuntu (those instructions also work well with Mint), but don't forget that most people do recommend getting an external serial modem to begin with! Good luck!