Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I'm on a wired connection, and on a (supposed) 30x5 connection from Time Warner Cable, however in ubuntu the flash speed test on DSLReports.com gives me a download speed of ~1 meg, upload seems to be on at about 204 megs. My first thought was that it was an issue with the linux flash player, but since the upload speed seems accurate, that doesnt seem like the case.
Now, i'm used to the "plug and play" style of networking in Window$, but im wondering if theres something i missed? I did a goggle search for dslreports and linux, but all i found was a discussion about the speeds between one person and a server in IL, and a particular provider (not TWC at that), so i'm wondering if theres something i might have messed in setting up my networking.
There are several things to consider when measuring bandwidth. Some are:
1 - Your clock. If I understand, you're saying you get 30Mbps down and 5Mbps up. If you're getting 204MB/sec, that rivals optical fibre. I highly doubt that number is accurate at all.
2 - Your share of the load. Cable or FIOS will share with the rest of the people on your distribution center.
3 - Distance/load of the testing site. DSL reports might not be the best test. How far is it? How loaded is the site? http://speedtest.net/ tries to find the closes geographic area around you. Try that.
4 - Browser/drivers. What browser are you using? There is a chance your drivers could be not the best on that version of Ubuntu and give bad results but that'd be rare.
1) you're right, it's supposed to be a 30 meg down, 5 meg up speed. sorry on the 204 i quoted, it's a typo (i'll correct in a moment) but i meant to say it was 2-4 not 204.
2) yep, i'm aware of that, and sorry i didnt say it, but i was also booting into windows to see what i was getting on it, and they were significantly improved, by about 10X (so if i saw 1 meg up inlinux, i'd see about 10 megs from windows)
3) distance: i was trying pretty much all of the servers, but i'm in nc, and I was trying DC, ny, nj, il... basically ally of them at different times.
4) in all cases I use Firefox.
edit to add: going to run some back to back windows then linux tests, and see where exactly i stand, windows version is first line, linux will be second:
Sorry tolling, apparently this thread had slipped past my radar as i was watching new posts.
According to connection info, i am connecting @ 100 MB/s, speedtest.net is showing similar results as above from dslreports.com.
It's a gigabyte 970a-d3 motherboard with built in RealTek LAN, although oddly i'm struggling to find the exact chipset
edit: found it, it's a RealTek RTL8111E
edit 2: downloaded linux driver, followed these instructions (with some modifications cuz im still a windows convert :P ) Modification was to simply to select "run script as program" through gui, instead of pathing to it in terminal.
<Quick install with proper kernel settings>
Unpack the tarball :
# tar vjxf r8168-8.aaa.bb.tar.bz2
Change to the directory:
# cd r8168-8.aaa.bb
If you are running the target kernel, then you should be able to do :
# ./autorun.sh (as root or with sudo)
You can check whether the driver is loaded by using following commands.
# lsmod | grep r8168
# ifconfig -a
If there is a device name, ethX, shown on the monitor, the linux
driver is loaded. Then, you can use the following command to activate
# ifconfig ethX up
lsmod | grep r8168
is nothing, just takes me back to a terminal prompt, no blank line or error code.
but that (to me) isn't much of a surprise, because it's not that the NIC wasn't working at all, but rather my connection is not as good as it could/should be. I did disconnect and reconnect after installing the driver. going to go ahead and d a re-boot (although it shouldnt be needed.)
Last edited by akuthia; 12-07-2011 at 12:02 PM.
Reason: add info
Updating just means you have your distro's latest packages not necessary the latest packages from the developers.
Hm.. if you see nothing from "sudo lsmod | grep r8168" do you see anything from " sudo lsmod | grep r8169"?
If you're not seeing output from r8168/9 then means it's either not installed, not loaded or not you don't have permission to see it. r8169 has a bug with dropped network packets so you really have to try both to see which one works best for you.
When you did a "lsmod | grep r8168" did you do it with a sudo?
If you have slocate/mlocate installed try "locate r8168" and "locate r8169". If you don't just do a "sudo find / -name r8168 -print" and "sudo find / -name r8169 -print". If we can find what you have installed, at least we can load and unload modules without the need of a reboot to test things out. If needed we might need to blacklist something as well.
Please forgive me speeeling and garmmar mistakes. Over work and under booze makes me go something something.
8168 was the one i had downloaded yesterday, running the script from GUI didnt seem to do it correctly, although it appeared to. I followed the instructions through the terminal, and it seems to have fixed the issue!