Problems authenticating

I am having problems trying to get the authentication straightened out for my site.  I have created very basic .htaccess, .htpasswd files and used the password encryption tool (htpassword.cgi) that is provided by my ISP and am still can not get authentication.  After trying many iterations here is where I'm at:

.htaccess
AuthUserFile <full path>.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName ByPassword
AuthType Basic

<Limit GET>
require user pumpkin
</Limit>

.htpasswd
pumpkin:VxJkdAsxlUERA

Is there anything wrong here?  If not, what questions might I ask my ISP to help resolve this issue?  It all seems very straight forward, but I have not been able to get it to work.

snicol
snicolAsked:
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sshyCommented:
* First of all make sure that the .htpasswd file is accessible
  for the server (but do not put it to the places where
  users can download it).

* Then make sure that the .htaccess is the right AccessFileName
  used in your server configuration (ask ISP).

After that special option should be set in the server
configuration which allows to consider .htaccess files in
certain directories.

"When the server finds an .htaccess file (as specified by AccessFileName) it needs to know which directives declared in that file can override earlier access information."

In your case the directive is AuthConfig.

* So you should have enabled AuthConfig override for
  that directory where you put your .htaccess file (ask ISP)

For Apache server it looks like this:

<Directory /path/some_directory>
AllowOverride AuthConfig
</Directory>

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