I've read the thread completely. It seems clear to me that you have had networking issues where you've had an IP and then not had an IP. If you have a fully working TCP/IP V4 stack, then I'm sure you'll see success.
Well, yes, but a lot of what I'm reading from plog is along the lines of: 'modem not detected' or 'serial port closed'. This tells me that at least part of the problem is local. Probably a short circuit in the legend between the keyboard and the chair.
Have you tried a live cd?
Tried to download an ISO (Vector Linux), but can't hold a connection long enough.
Pressing the reset button on the Billion modems, usually resets to factory default, it doesn't always work -- but for sure it does work most of the time.
Yes, usually holding it depressed for ten seconds works.
You've also shown evidence of PPP in your setup, unless you wish to use bridge mode, you shouldn't have anything in relation to ppp in your Linux setup.
This is something I'm just getting onto. I didn't think a lot on it initially because I have no intention of rigging up dial-up. I don't have a modem for that and I don't even know what the number is at present. I have to look in /var/~run to see what's being said.
Most of the data is pasted to mousepad and saved to a flash drive, then posted on a windows machine about a mile from where I live, so it's a long process.
btw glad you enjoyed the laugh ;-)
Hope you enjoyed yours ;-)