Author Topic: Can't get DSL up and connected  (Read 3876 times)


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Can't get DSL up and connected
« on: September 23, 2007, 04:21:44 pm »
I feel like a total moron - can't keep track of all this configuring... my ethernet car, DNS, etc.

I have Bellsouth IFITL "DSL"... this is the service with no modem but runs straight to the ethernet card via cat5. It does however use pppoe.

I ran pppoe-setup and pppoe-start says "Connected" but no internet is to be found. If I run ifconfig I do get an IP under the PPP0 section but no pings work.

I don't know what I have configured wrong - dns (should be server and that's what I typed), ethernet IP (Bellsouth assignes dynamic IP) or what...


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Re: Can't get DSL up and connected
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007, 08:21:11 pm »
To determine a DNS problem try "ping"
if that resolves then DNS is probably ok. IF it does not
try this "ping" which is the ip for if you
get a response from this and not the above, then DNS is the

NOTE: Do not use the quotes

To check your DNS settings "cat /etc/resolv.conf" for the
DNS server list.

To fix it enter the appropriate server address (from BellSouth website)
# In the DNS Server Search Order field, delete any existing addresses that may be in the field and add the following addresses specified for your state (entering the number into the spaces above the field and clicking Add): GA -,; FL -,; AL/KY/NC/SC –,; LA/MS/TN –, For example, if you are in GA, first Add, then Add

The format in /etc/resolv.conf would be
nameserver ipaddress

Its' interesting to think that your fiber is listed as no faster then
DSL according to Bell South.




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Re: Can't get DSL up and connected
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2007, 08:21:28 am »
My resolv.conf has the first two DNS's listed. I didn't put them there. I guess they were automatically added. I also have a couple more resolv.conf files with various 3rd extensions on them. One mentions eth0 (my nic) and the other .sv I think... ?? I will try pinging the IP when I get home; didn't think of that, duh...! It does seem odd to me though that I have DNS servers listed but DNS isn't working?? If that's the problem. Guess I should shut up until I try it.

Yep they are capping the fiber accounts to 2MB or so I'm told. Funny thing is I signed up for DSL Lite 768/256 and I'm running at 2MB anyway.


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Re: Can't get DSL up and connected
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2007, 06:12:02 pm »
It was the firewall! Turned it off. Will worry about it later!

Wow, SeaMonkey sucks.  LOL.