This article builds on a series, introducing some common
troubleshooting and scripting steps to the process of getting PPP
up and running on a Linux machine.
"...Try a few more names of machines that you know. If
your system passes all these tests, try running Netscape and
connecting to a page. Everything, I hope, now works.
If not, collect all of the details you can, such as the output
in /var/log/ppp -- making sure that you remove your passwords from
that file -- and ask for help in the comp.os.linux.networking,
alt.os.linux.dial-up, or alt.comp.linux.isp newsgroups.
Be polite and look in the archives on Dejanews because your
question may already have been answered many times. When you ask
for help or search, make your subject and description as specific
as possible. "Nothing works" as a symptom is very, very hard to
suggest fixes for."