NOTE: This post may not have anything to do with Linux, so if a moderator can find a more fitting location for this post, please move accordingly.
One of my co-workers is using the Arachne browser on his DOS-based machine. Converting him to Linux or another operating system is out of the question and a snide remark I do not need.
He is experiencing a problem when it comes to using DHCP and BOOTP and his e-mail.
When he enables both DHCP and BOOTP (BOOTP being the primary method, which then bounces back to DHCP if a BOOTP something-or-other fails) he is able to browse the internet and send emails without a problem. However, if he switches - strictly - to DHCP, which he wants to do, he notices a severe increase in speed (by a magnitude of 10 to 30, in his words). The problem occurs when it comes to sending e-mail, though: when running strictly by DHCP, he cannot access our company's secureserver.net-hosted POP and SMTP servers. But, when he runs in DHCP and BOOTP combined mode, he can.
We have a gateway running ClarkConnect Linux (version unknown), which was setup years before I worked for this company, and I have managed to fiddle around with it so that the DNS cache gets updated frequently (daily at midnight) as my co-worker thought it might be a DNS problem.
No other computers in the workplace have this problem. I apologize if I have not provided enough information with concerns to this issue, as this is all about something I know little about, but if there is something that I can do, please let me know.
So, to summarize the issue, my co-worker cannot send or receive e-mail when running Arachne in DHCP mode, although the transfer speeds are much faster. When running in a DHCP/BOOTP combined mode, everything works, but if there are any issues they can take anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds to resolve themselves.