Getting connected to ISP

I am trying to connected to my ISP for the first time.  The problem is that there seems to be no set method or a common way of doing it. I've seen DIP, SLIP, PPP, minicom, and various scripts.  I've read the HOWTO's and they aren't very straight forward at times.  My question is I would like a short step by step procedure of getting connected to my ISP.
This is what I have dug up for the requirements:

modem:      Sound III 336SP by AZTECH Labs (I assumed a             generic type modem)
Port:       COM1 (I used cau0)
Max Speed:  115200; 8 data, 0 parity, 1 stop bit
IP:         Dynamic
Mode:       PPP or SLIP (ISP uses both)
LINUX:      Caldera OpenLinux

I have tried using DIP in both SLIP and PPP modes, but end up with a device error (tty, I think).  I think one problem is with my modem initialization string.  I found a modem string used by my win95 (on same machine) but not sure if its the correct one (I used a generic modem type).

1.  Where can I find the proper modem intialization string?
    Can it be found on Win95 or somewhere else?

2.  Are there any GUI interfaces available, like the GUI's
    used in Win95 to get connected to an ISP?

Sorry this is lengthy, but the help is appreciated.
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frowijnCommented:
Yo,

do a minicom -s and change your modem from /dev/modem into /dev/ttyS0, then see of it works :-)

This is a way to test the modem, when you save the settings and leave the minicom prog, start just with minicom and give a atdt172182

Goodluck

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