Hi guys. I am a newbie to linux, but learning it quickly. I am running Mandrake 10.1 ( Kernel on an Athlon 2500 CPU.

I have been able to install a Smartlink chipset modem driver and use KPPP to connect to my ISP. However when in GNOME Desktop (MAndrake 10.1). If I try to load my browser, or any program, even untar a file etc... everything freezes for 30seconds. Then w/e I was doing loads, but my internet connection is gone. KPP Is still active but no connection.

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