verizon DSL/westel modem/knoppix 3.3 connection problem
I've been a linux fan for years, but lately I've encountered a problem that I haven't been able to overcome by searching or reading FAQs.
As the subject says, I have verizon DSL, a westel DSL modem, and a knoppix 3.3 CD.
I am attempting to convert my girlfriends windoze XP box to linux, temporarily with 3.3, but eventually with a nice Debian install. Anyway, I have been unable to get pppoeconf to detect the access concentrator.
I've tried resetting the modem, installing a second NIC (the usual one is onboard), giving eth0 an IP and netmask identical to the one XP assigns, checked the MAC address in just about every logical and not so logical order.
I have noticed that no matter if I assign eth0 an IP or not, when pppoeconf is searching for the access concentrator, the "ethernet" light on the modem will flash a couple times. However, when I installed a second NIC, the lights on the back of the NIC and the "ethernet" light on the modem would not light regardless of what I did (including power cycling the modem) and regardless of how the second adapter was configured.
So, it seems like some sort of MAC address deal, but why won't KNOPPIX connect using the original adapter??? I'm stumped.
Any insight would be nice. My next move is to call verizon and tell them i've got a new computer that won't work with their DSL.
I read on another forum to tell them "Gateway" when they ask what your OS is. Hilarious.