problem to start netscape

Hi ,

I am a beginner of Linux. I try to install Red Hat Linux on my PC. I got everything running OK. However, I
also want to running Netscape 4.03 on my PC. I got the Netscape install and running. However, when I dial
to the service provider by using " minicom." After login, I got the stright characters (just like what I do in
windows 95.)  then I hit Crtl+a, q and then tpye pppd. everything seems working ok. However, when I start
netscape, netscape just can get anything from the modem. I also tried stuff like telnet, ftp ,etc. All of those are
not working. I try to look the documentations for help, but  I just can't find any help from there. If anyone
know how to fix this problem just let me know.

Thanks,
Joe
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mlevCommented:
Instead of pppd, try typing
      pppd /dev/modem 38400 defaultroute

And check in /var/log/messages that a PPP link has been established.
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joengAuthor Commented:
Hi mlev,

thanks for your help. I tried the way you told me. However, I still can't get the netscape work. I check the /var/log/messages, and I found the ppp in there. something like

..
.... version 2.2.0 (dynamic ...
.... Dynamic channel allocation ..
...

So what should I do next to make it work.

Joe
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mlevCommented:
Dynamic channel allocation is nice, but does it later say
something like, PPP: Exit (HANGUP), or does it say that a PPP
link has been established, along with two IP addresses.
You may have to wait several seconds.
Also, at any given moment you can run /sbin/ifconfig to see
if you have an active PPP interface.
By the way, what does telnet or ftp say? "no route to host"?
"unknown host"? "network unreacheable"?
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joengAuthor Commented:
Hi mlev,

I tried the "ifconfig", I got the message as follows:

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Bcast:127.255.255.255  
UP BROADCAST LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:3584  Metric:1
          RX packets:104 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0
          TX packets:104 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0

Does it mean I got the ppp fixed? I tried ftp and telnet, however, those things
do not have any response at all.

And when I look at the message in /var/log/, I got the message as follows:
(does it mean ok?)


Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost kernel: PPP: version 2.2.0 (dynamic channel allocation)
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost kernel: PPP Dynamic channel allocation code copyright 1995 Caldera, Inc.
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost kernel: PPP line discipline registered.
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost kernel: registered device ppp0
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: pppd 2.2.0 started by root, uid 0
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: Using interface ppp0
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/cua1
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: Serial line is looped back.
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: Connection terminated.
Jan  9 14:12:24 localhost pppd[851]: Exit.
Jan  9 14:12:30 localhost gated[145]: EVENT Delete UpDown lo 127.0.0.1/255 <Broadcast Loopback>
Jan  9 14:12:30 localhost gated[145]: EVENT Add lo 127.0.0.1/255 <Up Broadcast Loopback>
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: pppd 2.2.0 started by root, uid 0
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: Using interface ppp0
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/cua1
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: Serial line is looped back.
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: Connection terminated.
Jan  9 14:12:31 localhost pppd[853]: Exit.
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: pppd 2.2.0 started by root, uid 0
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: Using interface ppp0
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/cua1
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: Serial line is looped back.
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: Connection terminated.
Jan  9 14:12:38 localhost pppd[855]: Exit.
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mlevCommented:
No, this means pppd fails to establish a link.
Is your modem at cua1 (COM2)? If so, it may be
that your ISP disconnects you before you type
pppd ... Try pretyping the command in another window
and pressing enter right after you leave minicom.
If that works, we'll work on automating that process.
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