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Old 05-21-2003, 07:25 AM   #1
Ian Fleeton
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losing network connection

About once or twice a day, or sometimes only once every other day I lose my network connection completely.

When it's working it runs fine. When it doesn't it can be down for about an hour and I can't access anything on net or lan, TX goes up and RX stays on ifconfig.

I'm using a Winbond Electronics W89C940 with ne2k-pci module. I don't have a spare card to test atm.

I get the connection back after switching cables and reconfiguring the eth0 through YAST but I can't recreate the problem so I'm not sure if it's coincidental.

Any ideas? Thanks!
Old 05-21-2003, 07:53 AM   #2
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After you've 'lost' your connection what output does ifconfig eth0 give you. If this is still setup correctly then it looks more like a hardware problem, if it has lost its settings from there then it must be software, although I've never heard of it happening in any distro before. You using DHCP or a static IP?


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Sounds similar to problems I was (note hopeful past tense) having with my ADSL. Almost surely, it has been a problem at the switching office of the service provider (in this case the telephone company).

Recycling my modem would fix it every time, but sometimes I had to recycle more than once, or recycle every five minutes or less! But for the past two weeks there has been continuous connection. I haven't changed anything on my system, so that, to me, confirms that it's a problem on down the line.

Hope yours clears up too.
Old 05-21-2003, 08:44 AM   #4
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I'm using static IP. The other computer (Win XP) on the LAN is never affected. From memory I don't think I've lost any settings (using ifconfig) but I might have fiddled before checking. On all times I've looked RX has been at 0 although that might be after I've tried resetting and not had luck. All times when I load YAST up I see all the settings are still the same. I will check ifconfig next time it happens before playing around .



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