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Old 03-23-2007, 06:09 PM   #1
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Chestnut dialer connects but can't surf net

New problem here guys. I am using an old 500mhz desktop with 128m ram, cd drive and serial modem. My first foray into a distro was Vector which I was having issues with, so I've now loaded SAM Linux. This was extremely exciting as everything was working until the dialup scenario. I do think this is solvable.

The problem is that I got Chestnut dialer to finally connect, but when I launch Firefox it won't surf the net. I then tried Opera with the same effect. Also the mail program didn't work either. Chestnut says I'm connected, but no surfing. Any ideas??
Old 03-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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I'm not quite familiar w/ chestnut dialer, but I'm gathering you are using a 56k connection?

Now, if you are on dialup, what you want to do if it states it's connected, then first go to the terminal, and run the command "/sbin/ifconfig", and the deviceID should come up with an IP address, so for example, most standard Cat5 connections would be "eth0", and then would show the IP Address (i.e., and some other TCP/IP information.

See if you are getting a valid IP address. If you get the address 169.254.*.* (whatever the last 2 octets may be), that means TCP/IP gave up resolving the IP address.

So, if at that point, you don't get an IP address, or maybe you do, but it's not connecting to the internet still, do the command "/etc/init.d/network stop" and hit Enter, then "etc/init.d/network start", and hit Enter. That should restart all network services, including DHCP, TCP/IP, and DNS.

That command may very slightly if SAM linux doesn't use the System V style init scripts. Try that, if you have no luck, post another reply, and we'll go from there.
Old 03-24-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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I will try those tips Monday!

I hope it works


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