Internet Connection Prbs with Mandrake 7.2

My modem connects to the ISP but does nothing else, I occasionally get PPPD error messages and can't connect over 9600, regardless of the settings!

!!! Help

Okay I'm using Mandrake 7.2 with the kppp (kde) dial frontend,

 I can`t connect to the internet, I keep
getting pppd server died
unexpectedly errors?...I`ve gone into
/etc/ppp/options and looked at the
file. I have been told to change the
`auth` command to `#auth` or `noauth`
but to no avail. Also when I ran
`ifconfig` in the terminal I got the
following but no `ppp0` entry?

[palisade@localhost palisade]$ su -
Password:[Root@localhost /root]#
ifconfig
eth0 Link encap: Ethernet HWaddr
00:A0:CC:D3:62:8F
inet addr:172.0.0.1 Bcast:172.0.0.225
Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500
Metric:1
RX packets:3 errors:0 dropped:0
overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0
overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
Interrupt:10

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:3924 Metric:1
RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0
overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:14 erros:0 dropped:0
overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

[root@localhost /root]# if config a
a: error fetching interface information:
Device not found
[root@localhost /root]#

I get ppp errors, timeouts and a connection that isn't really a connection!

This is really getting me down.

Please help.  

My pc spec follows:
 
    Desktop - Custom  
    CPU  : Athlon - 1.2Ghz Overclocked to 1425Mhz  
    Manufactuer  : Amd - Thunderbird  
    RAM (Mo)  : 256 - 133cas2 Crucial running at 152
    Hard disk  : I.B.M. - 46.1Gb Deskstar  
    Video card  : No record - 3dfx Voodoo 5500 AGP  
    Sound card  : Creative labs - SB Live Platinum  
    CD / DVD ROM  : No record - 54x cheapo  
    Operating System : Mandrake - 7.2  
 
    Modem : Us Robotics - Sportster Flash 56k  
    Printer  : Epson - Colour Stylus 440  
   
Also have Win98se Installed, managed by lilo boot manager

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I can now get online but i can only connect with the setting at 23400 (Not sure if that is exact) but the connection speed is 9600!

This is the only speed that will connect at all, the others just come up with errors 10 or 16 which are pppd timeouts as I recall!

Any other ideas?
PalisadeAsked:
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jdfoxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This error msg comes up from all sorts of things on kppp config, so best to check the simple stuff first.  Start with this, if you haven't already:
http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/demos/Tutorial/KPPP/

Since you're using Mandrake 7.2, I'll assume that you're using a sufficiently up-to-date version of pppd.

You won't see anything for ppp0 when you use ifconfig, unless ppp0 is actually running.  Once you get a connection, then you open a terminal and get an ifconfig.  When you disconnect, it will disappear again, leaving you with only your eth0 and loopback as you've noted above.

"ifconfig a" is not working because you have not yet defined a device called "a".

Don't worry too much about a few errors on PPP, they're there on Windows too, it just doesn't report them.

You say that it sometimes "connects to the ISP but does nothing else".  Do you mean that kppp is actually connecting sometimes, but that you then can't get anything in your browser?  Try opening a terminal and typing:
"ping www.experts-exchange.com".  
If you get no replies, then try:
"ping 208.50.148.12".
If that one replies, then you probably have a DNS config problem, as you can ping an IP address but not its associated DNS name.

If all else fails, try using the text dialler "wvdial".  It's the most reliable and easy-to-config dialler I've ever seen.  Once you've worked out the config on this, you'll find it easier to work out a good config for kppp.  Use the "show log window" option on kppp, to watch what's going on in the background.

HTH,
JF
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jbrugmanCommented:
please be more clear,
What distro are you using, what configuration tool are you using? etc.
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