Modem dials out but system fails to connect to ISP

Asked by Ron Swenson

wvdial from a terminal window initiates the modems and dials out and begins negotiating with my ISP but never is able to complete the log in. Attached below is a copy of the terminal window messages. If I try FireFox, it says that I am still "Off Line".

Also, the systems starts dialing out during boot up before I even log in,
and keeps trying every few mninutes. It there a way to only have the system
dial out when I want to connect to the Internet?

Many thanks.


ron@linux-box:~$ wvdial
--> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.60
--> Cannot set information for serial port.
--> Initializing modem.
--> Sending: ATZ
--> Sending: ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
--> Modem initialized.
--> Sending: ATDT999-2678
--> Waiting for carrier.
CONNECT 460800
--> Carrier detected. Waiting for prompt.
NAS PM844:S33 (OV012:3.9)
You have reached MichNet.
You must follow the MichNet Acceptable Use Policy at . Enter a domain name.

--> Hmm... a prompt. Sending "ppp".
--> Looks like a login prompt.
--> Sending: <email address hidden>
<email address hidden>
--> Looks like a password prompt.
--> Sending: (password)
PPP session from ( to beginning....~[7f]}#@!}!}!} }4}"}&} } } } }%}&Tu}3z}'}"}(}"}<I~
--> PPP negotiation detected.
--> Starting pppd at Mon Nov 24 14:04:23 2008
--> Warning: Could not modify /etc/ppp/pap-secrets: Permission denied
--> --> PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) may be flaky.
--> Warning: Could not modify /etc/ppp/chap-secrets: Permission denied
--> --> CHAP (Challenge Handshake) may be flaky.
--> Pid of pppd: 5516
--> Using interface ppp0
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> local IP address
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> remote IP address
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> primary DNS address
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]
--> secondary DNS address
--> pppd: ��[06][08]@�[06][08]

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Matt Jones (workhorsy) said :

What kind of modem are you using?

Make sure your user account is in the dip group, or wvdial is run as root. I prefer not to run it as root. Run this in a terminal to see what groups you are in:
groups user_name

If the group "dip" is not there, your user will not have the permissions to dial out with the modem. So run this:
sudo usermod -a -G dip user_name

Now you will have to log out and back in to get the permissions of the group.

In firefox go to File >Work Offline, and make sure it is not checked. Then try going to a page.

You should be able to run wvdial from a terminal when you want to connect.

How do you have your system set to run wvdial at boot?

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