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what method do you use to log-out ?
i dont know wether its a bug ir whatever, but in kde of gnome, somtimes the logout option just shuts down X (the graphical screen) and leaves you in command prompt.
try this method for shutting down
shutdown -h now
make sure you 'su -' and not just 'su'
the minus gives you extra directories in your path variable
to allow access to binary's normally only used dureing boot.
or you could 'su' and then use the /sbin/shutdown -h now command.
i dont have a cable modem, i have a dial up, so i cant help you much.
but when i installed redhat linux, my internet performance, and download speed doubled.
all i can think is that redhat incorectly detected you modem speed.
search google.com/linux and this forum for how to manually configure your modem.
remember, the internet was invented for unix, and on unix.
which is why unix clones (linux) behave so great on networks.
I just logout by clicking on the RedHat and clicking logout and ok...
I re-installed redhat and it seems to be OK now...
I'm using a LinkSYS router. (Wireless-B 2.4GHz 802.11b Broadband Router)
What's strange is, that while I installed I had the modem connected via the router.
So I have an internet connection, but RedHat doesn't "see" the modem. it doesn't detect it AT ALL!
I tried connecting the modem directly to my PC but then I didn't have ANY connection...
SO I have to use my router, and I don't know if that is the source of the problem but I download and browse very slooow. and when I download, they downloads gets "hanged"
I booted into windows, and the speed is not that great there, but I can connect my modem to the PC directly and it still works. and in general its a bit faster... but still bad.
So I called my ISP and a tech will come to check this out.
However this is still a linux problem since I can't connect my modem directly to the PC and linux is not detecting the modem.
I had (key word 'had') a RH9/Linksys wpc11 v3/router/dsl. Lets take your problems one at a time. Got kinda lost bouncing up and down the page.
Don't know what you have so I'm going to shoot in the dark. Lets start from the top. Skip if you have already done this.
Your modem is 'probably' set to 192.168.1.1, if so that's good.
Set your router to 192.168.2.1, obtain IP automatic.
The main thing is make sure your router isn't the same IP as your router.
Save settings. Turn off computers, router, and modem. Get a drink and turn modem on. Wait till the lights stabilize then turn on the router. Then turn on your computer. See if you can ping www.linuxquestions.org. If so get another drink, soda that is.
Next, the download stuff.
You probably need to set the MTU on the router. You can set it to 1500 or google for MTU and find the correct way to obtain your number. More than I want to go into.
Next, Red Hat 9.0.
Been using RH for years. No problem with 8.0. Still use in on one laptop. I've actually had hell with 9.0 network issues. My network would hang, stop or die. Did a network restart more time than I can count. Replace drivers tinkered and turned every setting I know. No luck. One night in a drunken rage, I installed Slackware and haven't had a network problem, and haven't looked back. Problem, I have no idea, some others have problems, probably most don't. HTH