Now I’ve “upgraded” from suse 10 to 11.1 I cannot get my modem to work! I’ve set my 56k external modem (a bog standard generic hardware modem) up through the hardware control screen but there is no icon or any other clue as to how to access it! I’ve even resorted to setting it to dial on demand, but to no avail.
Previously I was using SUSE 10 and the modem showed up under the networking icon, now there are only choices there for adsl modem and wireless networking. Nothing for starting a plain 56k modem.
The modem is recognised and working as it responds to the command “wvdial” at the terminal prompt.
I am using the gnome desktop.
Following advise on Linux Questions.org I’ve tried using kinternet to connect and also tried KPPP. When I try to connect with KPPP I get the error “unable to create modem lock file”, naturally there is no clue as to what or where that is or how to fix it.
When i click on the settings tab of KPPP I get the error " you dont have permission to run /usr/sbin/pppd, make sure kppp is owned by root and has the suid bit set". Looking at the properties of /usr/sbin/pppd it says that it is owned by root, with full read write access. Just on a chance I logged in as root and tried to run both kppp and kinternet with the same result as before! I’ve also set the file to give full read write access to any user with no effect.
I’ve also installed kinternet and it works, up to a point. Though you would think that part of setting up the modem in yast would actually set up some way of actually accessing it! Or am I asking too much?
The modem dials out and connects but that is all. I cannot get any internet service to connect. I am using the same settings as I did under suse 10 and I use on my (ubuntu) laptop.
Checking the connection status kinternet reports “No name server listed in /etc/resolv.conf”
Checking resolv.conf shows there are indeed no name servers listed and no line asking for them.
The connection set up is for dhcp in any case so I would expect that to be taken care of on connection. I am not asked for a host name in either Yast or kinternet set-up dialogues. I’ve tried connecting whilst logged in as root, just in case the software was attempting to write to resolv.conf but couldn’t due to it being write protected, but with the same result.
Using kinternet the modem is connecting, the connections have appeared on my 'phone bill! It is just I cannot get anything to communicate.
Is it because I am using applications intended for the kde desktop with gnome? I’ve got ubuntu on my laptop and use gnomeppp with the modem, why no gnomeppp with suse?
The modem is good as I gave it a try on my (ubuntu) laptop. All the settings are good as they are exactly the same as those on my laptop, apart from the device name for the modem and are exactly the same as those I used with suse 10.