OK! This is starting to get annoying. I've still got no sound in linux. this is because I have no internet connection, and I'm getting sick of rebooting the PC every 5 minutes to look for help online, serch google, download, etc. I have now installed my adsl modem, and it synchronises with the line no problems. I am using the ECIADSL driver. My ISP is AOL, I have entered the DNS address(es), and my username and password. In XP, It is now possible to connect directly to AOL using the modem, and NOT their software, simply be entering email@example.com, and your password. Why is it that in Linux, When I click on run 'startmodem' and open mozilla, I get such messages as "www.google.com cannot be found" when I try to open a web page? I don't have much hands on experience of Linux. Other people have managed to connect to AOL using just the ECIADSL modem driver. Why can't I? I've tried a variety of DNS addresses, aquired by typing ipconfig /all from the xp command line while connected to aol. I simply can't keep on trying to get the most I can from linux (Simply sound and other basic things at this moment) without being able to get online with it. I'm not one for giving up, but this is now getting annoying. please help!