I am still having an Internet access problem which can be solved by going to YAST and re-installing a modem. The response I get when I try a second time (after switching off) is
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SuSE Meta pppd(smpppd-ifcfg) version 1.59
Status is disaconnected
trying to connect to smpppd
connect to smpppd
Status is disconnected
Status is connecting
Status is disconnected
pppd(0) died pppd options error (exit code 2)
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