Helps if you provide what distro and release level you are using
when you post questions to the news groups (Redhat 6.1, Suse 5.0,..).
Different distros have different commands, files, and links to
files. Even happens between release levels of the same distribution.
Window manger problem/question give the name (gnome, kde, sawmill,...)
If dhcp client (pump, dhcpcd, dhclient,...)
Give us error messages if you have them.
Look in your logs, /var/log/messages on Redhat and Mandrake.
If it is a shell question, give the shell name (bash, tch, zch,...)
>ok ok so im a newbie to linux, but im ambitious to learn it... so the deal
>is how dont know how to connect to the internet with lnux. let me clarify,
>i am using a dial-up connection and i literally dont know how to get my
>modem to dial/connect to my ISP via linux.
The warranty and liability expired as you read this message.
If the above breaks your system, it's yours and you keep both pieces.
Practice safe computing. Backup the file before you change it.
Do a, man command_here or cat command_here, before using it.