FreePPP/MacTCP coaxing ritual

I have an LCIII with an upgrade to 16MB running 7.1. I'm not on a network.I've repeatedly trashed and reinstalled MacTCP from different sources and/or trashed its preference files but still have trouble connecting to my ISP. I wonder if I'm having Finder problems with FreePPP 2.5v2, or if I should bite the bullet and upgrade my system. The FreePPP menu often does not function. The "Open PPP Connection" menu item has never worked that I recall, and "Open FreePPP Setup" only sporadically yields a window. All the MacTCP configurations (automatically executed by my ISP installer) appear completely correct. All preference files, extensions and control panels are where they should be, though the FreePPP Setup icon (which resembles a control panel) is curiously nested in its own folder outside the System Folder. I do not have any other PPP installed.FreePPP's Setup dialog box has a dimmed "Connect" button claiming it is "not installed or selected" when it is in fact both. Sometimes by changing MacTCP's "Obtain Address:" command from "Server" to "Manually" (or "Dynamically") and closing MacTCP, the "Connect" button will undim. I then must open MacTCP again and change the command back to "Server". The "Connect" button stays undimmed and I can connect to my ISP. (Needless to say the connection is rather shakey.)The other scenario (more frequent lately) is that when I perform this ritual FreePPP quits because of a "Bad F-line" or Type 3 error. Other applications have quit in the same way when I try to open the "Open FreePPP Setup" menu item. Aiming Balloon Help at the FreePPP Setup icon causes its window to close.Thanks in advance for ANY help......
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neil_bertramCommented:
Well, I think that it's not MacTCP's fault,
It's more likely FreePPP. I use the same version of FreePPP as you on a Powermac 7100,
It's got Sys 7.5.1 (I know I should upgrade it to 7.5.5) and I think That the menu only works with
system 7.5 or later???
I think you sould down-grade Free PPP and see if that helps, otherwise try MacPPP (I know it sux) then contact your ISP, they are supposed to help you in these situations anyway.
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