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Well, I finally got my modem to dial and connect. now I can't get anywhere in the browser. Basically I get "no DNS entry" errors for all sites. I did enter my DNS info (primary and secondary DNS) in the Internet setup dialogs. I can't find anywhere to enter any other info. I'm running Gnome desktop, modem is a USR Sportster V90 internal.
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Edit the resolve.conf in the /etc directory.  Enter the nameserver you use like this in this file.

nameserver 192.168.1.1

192.168.1.1 should be replaced by the nameserver your Internet provider uses.  But, you can also put other nameservers in the list, and if for some reason your Internet Services nameserver fails the next nameserver in the list will be used.  For more information about this read
NET3-4-HOWTO which provides more information about the resolve.conf file.
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I should point out that resolve.conf is really spelled
resolv.conf.  So edit /etc/resolv.conf not /etc/resolve.conf, I just spelled it like it sounded in my mind.  
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OK, I checked the file. The only info in it was:

search localdomain

Should I leave that in and put the others above it or should I remove that entry?
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You can comment out the line like this:

#search localdomain

Unless, you are using your machine as some sort of network server, and you need to tell clients accessing your server when they can't find your hostname in your domain that they also should try the localdomain domain.  If you don't serve a network, it probably shouldn't hurt one way or the other, unless there is a program on your machine which depends on this line, which is probably unlikely.  

But, this is definitely your problem.  You do need a line like:

nameserver 204.225.44.10

But, use the nameserver your Internet Provider gave you first.   You can put this line above or below the "search localdomain" line.
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OK. Will try it as soon as I get home. I agree that this the answer but it seems odd in that I did enter this info into the dialog box that asked for it in Internet settings. seems it would have written to this file.
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OK, last question on this (i hope...)

I want to put both my ISP's nameservers in there so would my final file look like:

search localdomain
nameserver 204.225.44.10
nameserver 204.225.44.11

One line per item and "nameserver" on each line?
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As for your most recent comment, the answer is "Exactly!"

And for the comment before that, I agree with what you are saying.  It is strange that the file wasn't written to. I assume you pressed the save button after you entered the information?
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It worked perfectly. thank you.
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As for your most recent comment, the answer is "Exactly!"

And for the comment before that, I agree with what you are saying.  It is strange that the file wasn't written to. I assume you pressed the save button after you entered the information?
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As for my most recent comment, I accidently reposted the form which I sent the previous comment on, thinking I was just looking at this page :)

I am glad it worked for you.  Have fun surfing!
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