Any help would be highly appreciated. How do I get it to boot up for starters.
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What is your external Internet device? 56k? ADSL? Cable? Give us the particulars on how your hardware works together to bring you an Internet connection in Windows. This will help us in helping you figure out what to do.
In Windows that would create an icon on the desktop which you clicked to start the connection.I also installed the new external modem and tried to create a new conection with the network set-up wizard in Linux. The modem made the regular noises, but would not create a connection. Now it won't boot and stops after it gets to the interactive screen that says the file system is starting and then it quits. I have a start up disk which I made during installation but it didn't do anything to make it boot.
Likely it's for accessing their services. Can you tell us the make and model of your external modem? The way to configure it is through either kppp ot wvdial.
kppp should be in your Internet section of your menu. Configuring an Internet connection with it is pretty easy. Wvdial is a command line utility, but in my opinion is more user friendly once you get it setup, which isn't very hard.