Well I can't really help, because I've never used linux on dial up - BB only here chap!
But, if you know what the modem model is, then you might look at http://linmodems.org/
and have a good dig round - too identify the modem exactly - then you should be able to get it working (theoretically). If it ain't supported then ?????
that link you posted, well it's only the notes that I didn't quite follow.
It's saying get the driver from the listed ftp site, then unpack it (something like # tar -xzvf /home/bsa03itg/nameofmodemdriverfile.tar.bz2
) which creates the directory(ies).
then you'd change directory with the command #cd /home/bsa03itg/nameofmodemdriver
which is the directory created when you unpacked as above. The terminal prompt would then change from say bsa03itg @ localhost, to bsa03itg @ localhost nameofmodemdirver # (the # indicates that you're logged in as root, which although the linked instructions show $ i.e. user account, not root, you often have to be root to do the unpack - I'm presuming that you're alright changing between user and root). then "do" $ make
It's then telling you to do # make install
# cp scripts/debian/slmodemd /etc/init.d
Then it wants you to put
alias char-major-212 slamr
alias char-major-213 slusb
In a Debian system, put the above lines in the file
/etc/modutils/slmodem (for Linux 2.4) or in
/etc/modprobe.d/slmodem (for Linux 2.6) and do
So you still have to make sure with the uname -r
command which kernel version you have, 2.4 or 2.6, obviously to put those 2 lines into the respective file, means either knowing about using text editors under linux (probably as root) or being able to log in graphically as root and then you should be able to open the file with kwrite and just add the lines, save and quit.
It's then saying to do# update-modules
, so it doesn't seem to indicate that it minds whether you're in the user account, but with a terminal open and logged in as root or still in the root graphical log in, where you can just open a terminal and do that command.
It then says to do this command
# /usr/sbin/update-rc.d slmodemd defaults 90
To start service slmodemd now, do
# /etc/init.d/slmodemd start
Whether that will allow you to just click kppp I can't say (remember I don't "do" dialup
), but if kppp just looks for a running modem, then you should be able to put in the dial up number, user name and password.
By chopping out all of the redhat related crap from "their" instructions, and emboldening them, it breaks it down into a smaller number of commands/instruciton and less technical that you may have suspected.
In fact, if the modem driver _IS_ the right one for your machine, then the only pain is getting a copy of it to your /home directory without net access.
Sorry I can't be of proper help, but I already pointed out why! Hopefully it's a little more understandable laid out like that (one of my pet hates is linux documentation - which is why I've now moved to using gentoo, it was a bugger to install, but it's bliss to manage - and their documentation is considerably better than most).
"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits