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I have a Mac 7300/200 with OS 8.1 and OT/PPP 1.3 and CompuServe 3.0.1.

Currently if I want to use CompuServe to access the Internet instead of my other 2 ISPs, I must use the CompuServe PPP Switcher.  Each time I use it, I must restart my computer.

How can I avoid that?

Is there a way to add a CompuServe configuration to the PPP control panel, just like I have 2 other ISPs there and can easily switch between them without restarting?

The subnet mask and name server addresses for CompuServe are already entered in the TCP/IP control panel.
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by:lcauvin
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by:gormenghast
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Hi

You can create a connect script in PPP or FreePPP. Then connect using script
Example:

Send: \d\d\d
Wait: Host Name:
Send: CIS
Wait: User ID:
Send: <your compuserve_id>/go:pppconnect
Wait: Password:
Send: <your password>
Wait: PPP

Or you could make a terminal connection manually.

Regards
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by:lcauvin
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I had tried a similar method to what you suggested, unsuccessfully, and got the same results as with your method, as below:

When I try to connect to a command-line host using the terminal window (and create a connect script that I would like to save), I always get the following response after entering the password.  Yet I know the login and password are correct.

?? LOGINE - Invalid entry - try again
Password:

When I keep reentering the password, I keep getting the same message until I am told that only authorized users may log on.

By the way, on the script you suggest, you start with </d/d/d>.  I don't know what that means, so I typed it in as is.  Maybe that's the problem.  Also, after my user ID, I typed the </>before <go:pppconnect>  I hope that's what you meant.
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gormenghast earned 400 total points
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Hi

The \d\d\d in the first send are just some returns to wake up the server.

I used the < & > symbols only to indicate where your user id and password should go. They should not have been included, replace <your compuserve_id> with your id only and <your password> with your password only do not include < or >.
Similarly the "Wait" and "Send" are only there to indicate whether to click on either the Send or Wait radio button in the connection script dialog. You also need to check the checkbox to send a return after each send field (not the wait field).

You are creating the script in the connection script dialog window, then choosing the connection method as "Connection Script" and not trying to create the script in the terminal connection window aren't you?

Also are you using a comma in the user id number and not a period as you would in the email address?

I have used several versions of PPP and FreePPP with Compuserve on several different macs so would be surprised if you will not be able to manage it eventually. What version of PPP are you using?

If you want me to send you a screen shot from a correctly set up connection script then you may email me at the following address.

snorman@pavilion.co.uk

Good Luck
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by:gormenghast
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Hi

I must first apologise for confusing things in my last answer in experts-exchange.
I was forgetting about the changes in PPP and that the connection script dialog is no longer in use.
So forget all I said about radio buttons & checkboxes etc.

I no longer use Compuserve, but I still have a company account which is in the process of being
wound up so I was still able to attempt a login using this account.
I made a successful terminal PPP connection with the following responses at the terminal prompts:

--------------------------------------------------------------
Host Name: CIS

User ID: 106167,1253/GO:PPPCONNECT

Password: my_password

--------------------------------------------------

I also saved this on close as a connection script. However when I tried to connect using the script it
was failing with: "Couldn't match password" while waiting to receive the password prompt.
You may be able to tweak the script by forcing it to pause for a bit longer before trying to match
"Password". Failing that you will have to make a manual terminal connection each time.

Anyway you won't have to re-boot that is for sure.
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by:lcauvin
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I am very happy to have connected to CompuServe via PPP.  As a matter of fact, I am functioning in that mode right now.  However, I have not been able to automate the connection.  I must type the information in the terminal window each time.  I will ask another question about that, but so far so good.
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