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Zenwalk 5.2 - slackware distribution notes

Installation of the driver package

  • Navigate to the directory where the package is stored
  • Type "pkgtool" and hit "Enter" 
    Zenwalk - run pkgtool
  • Select install from current directory" and select the package
    Zenwalk - current directory
    Zenwalk - select package
  • Alternatively you may navigate to the directory in the file manager, right-click on the package and select "Install Package"
Detection of modem ports - optional 
  • "dmesg" will show the system messages, including the detection of the modem poerts and their assignment to /dev/ttyUSB0 (usually).
  • Other ports may appear, but they aren't needed for a basic connection.
  • Symbolic links to these ports will be available as /dev/nvtl/portX, and the lowest port will be linked to /dev/modem.
  • Normally you will only need to use /dev/modem

Installing dialer gnome-ppp

  • Using netpkg, add the following repository: http://linuxpages.inode.at/Slackware-10.0
  • From this repository, install wvdial, gnome-ppp and wvstreams.
    Zenwalk - netpkgNote: netpkg may be a bit finnicky and it may sometimes be easier to just down the .tgz packages (with browser directly from the repository) for the threee applications and install them with pkgtool.
  • Reboot
Configuring gnome-ppp
  • Run gnome-ppp from commandline as root
  • Username and password depend on your network operator, but very often guest/guest will work fine.
  • Use *99# as the phone number
    Zenwalk - configuring gnome-ppp
  • Use "Setup > Modem > Init String" window to add the following initialization string:
    AT+CGDCONT=1,,"your_apn"
    where "your_apn", is replaced with the APN for your network operator. Quotes "" are required
    Zenwalk - config gnome-ppp - init string
  • Use the "Setup > Options" Window to turn on "Stupid Mode"
    zenwalk - configuring gnome-ppp stupid mode

Fixing DNS server issue

  • delete /etc/ppp/resolv.conf
  • add symbolic link to systemwide resolv.conf: "ln -s /etc/resolv.conf /etc/ppp/resolv.conf"
    Zenwalk - fixing DNS issue