PPP local loopback problem.... I think......

I've been unable to get PPP going on my system.  Have read all the how-to's and FAQ's could get my hands on.  If you need to know, I'm running kernel 2.0.27 and PPP2.2
Here's what happens when I do it manually:

From mini-com I dial up my ISP (Mindspring), enter my login and password manually in minicom.  Then it tells me it's begining Packet session and the garbage starts to scroll accross the screen.  Now I start PPPD from an xterm.  It stays connected for a minute or so but I can't use the connection.  tail -f /var/log/message tells me "serial line is not 8 bit clean...".  The ifconfig command gives me...

inet addr:127.0.0.1
UP LOOPBACK.

Sorry, I wrote that part down wrong.... Anyway, according to  the PPP How-to, it should be UP POINTTOPOINT RUNNING, not UP LOOPBACK RUNNING when I do ifconfig.  The PPP How-to also says the "serial line is not 8bit clean..." is an indication that the serial line is looped back, so I think that's part of my problem.  The other part is, I don't know how, nor can I manage to find out how to fix this.  I'm sure this is probably simple to most of you, but I'm ready to pull my hair out.  If I have left out any needed info, please let me know.  Thank you for your help.

Rob  Prowlyr@mindspring.com
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ahoffmannCommented:
try  stty cs8  before calling minicom
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