"An incorrect PPP option has been set" issue

I have a USB DSL modem which connects me via my ISP to the net.
I recently had to re-install my OS on my Mac Mini to 10.4.x and I then upgraded the OS to 10.4.11. I have been trying and frustratingly failing to connect to the net. Every time I try I keep getting the "incorrect PPP option has been set" message. I never used to have any issues connecting before the re-install but now this.
I have checked, and double checked, the username and password in my network/internet connect settings but keep getting the same message. I also have an iBook G4 and that connects to the net no problem with the same information and that uses 10.3.9. I have checked the settings and all PPP options are the same.
The one thing that baffles me is that when I enter my password in Network and click Apply Now I get 24 bullets rather than 8 that my password has. The iBook shows 8 bullets. But I am lead to believe this is an Apple security thing that shows that many bullets (?).
I've tried uninstalling & re-installing the USB software, I've also tried deleting some preferences and all I know.
Any Mac gurus out there help?

Morning MPD,
[This page|http://www.bulldogbroadband.com/residential/products/broadband/equipment.a sp#freewireless2] on Bulldog's website mentions a couple of ethernet based devices (the last one is also wireless, if you don't have wireless cards in your machines then that might be superfluous to needs).
The cheaper of the 2 is only £1 more than the USB modem you have. Try persuading Bulldog to see if you can swap your existing modem for that one.
02 Broadband provide that wireless model (I'm with O2 at present :)) and it seems to work fine wirelessly with Macs. Previously I've had good experience with Netgear routers, but everyone has their favourites. Linksys and D-Link are often also recommended.
Good luck with the reinstallation, I hope that solves this strange problem for you.

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