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The previously discussed prblem is back. I have posted about this problem before. I have tried to resovle it in a number of ways, removing and reinstalling the network through Gnome's Internet Connection Wizard. And editing the settings in "Network Device Control". I'm running Fedora Core 4 (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4). Sometimes changing settings causes Fedora to issue an error message at boot saying that the /etc/hosts file needs editing. When this happens, the hosts file is found to be missing the following line:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
My ISP, Los Angeles Free Net (knows as LAFN in the .conf files below), is a non-profit linux friendly provider. There is no call waiting or bad phone line service here. The home phone is the computer's line as well. The phone runs 24/7/365 for the last 15 years or so.
I have a Lucent controller based modem, shown as Linux compatable, in the HCL at LinuxQuestions.org. The windos side of this computer has no problem staying connected /online.
Sometimes the Gnome "Network Device Control" can re-initialize the modem, after it is up and running and other times it can't.
After the "Network Device Control" calls the "System-Network-Config", I sometimes receive the following:
Cannot activate network device LAFN
Failed to activate LAFN with error 8
both in: "System-Network-Config"
Is error 8 fixable? Where do I find info about it?
More often than not, the modem gets me on the 'net for an irregularly occuring length of time. Some sessions last a few minutes, othes last 20 to 30 minutes before automatically disconnecting me.
Here are the settings for the modem configuration as displayed in/on Gnome "Network Device Control" after clicking on the Configure... button:
Devices Status Device Nickname Type
Box is checked inactive ppp0 LAFN Modem
Generic Modem /dev/ttyS14 Baud 115,200 Flow Control is Hardware
From the "Modem Dialup Configuration" (double click on "Network-Config-Devices")
Box checked: allow all users to enable this device
Circle selected Automatically obtain an IP address
Box checked: auto obtain the DNS
Prefix Area Code Phone Number
blank blank 550-2021
Loginin Name : is correct
Password: is also correct
I could be _completely_ wrong, but I think error 8 specifies a general intilization error.
What you should do is look up modem init strings on the internet for your specific modem and pop them in the extra command / init string box of the network config panel.
Try disabling V92 if you have it or decreasing the speed. If you have any compression options enabled, disable them. Just noticed you said you didn't, so disregard that... just don't add them until you've got a stable connection![/edit] The problem seems to be stability. See if any of these brings you good fortunes.
Last edited by benrose111488; 03-09-2006 at 12:26 PM.
Please briefly explain what "general" means or I won't know what to look for.
I can't disable a v.92, as this ActionTec PM560LKI modem (Venus chipset) is only v.90.
I have emailed ActionTec for their init strings. Weren't all AT commands based on the Hayes Modems? (I'm getting too old for this)
MEANWHILE: with all the fiddling around with the dial-up adapter, I receive only an Error 8, now. I can no longer get online in Linux. Nothing I repeat NOTHING else has been changed except the modem configuration and /etc/hosts/
Does anybody understand why the file hosts would lose the
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
line, every time the modem has a new phone number to dial, or the Nickname changes? This is more than a little puzzlling.
I issued Shutdown -aF now and on reboot the fsck took very long compared to other times when fsck ran.