Thx for the quick reply :-)
I tried what you suggested - removing the DNS (along with the domain, and gateway settings,
to avoid complication) from KPPP and specifying the DNS servers of another ISP (Ihug) in the
The route command now takes a long time to return immediately after connection, and not just
after using HTTP traffic :-P. It is still actually working with DNS, since it was able to
resolve the name of the gateway I was connected to, it just took forever and a day to do it.
Also, when I ping an internet live server, although the actual ping times are very good,
averaging at 376ms for www.google.com,
it takes an inordinate length of time between pings -
i.e., to send and receive only 21 packets took 74 seconds.
One thing I should have added - my machine is dual booting with Windows XP, and my
connection to QSI (the ISP) is very stable and reliable in Windows, so I'm assuming that
their DNS servers do work.
I am still getting the problem with the connection destabilising, and totally losing DNS
after accessing anything via HTTP - a route command fails to show the name of the gateway,
and gives only the IP. Also, the issue with it spurting into action for a few seconds and
then dying is a problem. By way of example, I tried to load www.linuxquestions.org
this message, and it started to load, but it died before completing the process. I tried to
ping google.com and got a 'host unknown'. I tried to ping it again a few mins later, and it
works (Albeit very slowly, as mentioned above). :-(
I'm wondering if perhaps one of the web server services (I have Webmin & SWAT installed) is
involved in all this somehow (because of the apparent link to HTTP)?
I'm really quite impressed with this new version of Mandrake, but this problem is a real