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Old 05-30-2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Slow Internet Connection when Connecting to Internet on Browsers

I am a Linux newbie and have noticed that my Linux laptop which is running Netscape and Firefox 1.04 are both slow.

My wireless is fine on Windows, but seems not very good -- somewhat slow. It's always been this way -- not only on my laptop but my server running Linux, too.

I've heard this has to do with the Linux build. Is this true or is their someway to go around this?

Old 06-01-2005, 08:17 AM   #2
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If you could specifiy what you mean by "slow internet" I think it would help: slow data transfer when downloading, delayed page loading, delayed DNS lookup?

I think there's a general issue with wireless connections that there will always be a delay in starting data transfer while the wireless signal is processed. You should however get normal download speeds after the connection has been initiated.
Old 06-01-2005, 08:53 AM   #3
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It seems as if I am resolving host names fine. It seems more as a delayed page upload.

e.g [username@localhost #] host

I get a quick resolve. I can copy files from my network fine, and can connect to my company's PPTP VPN Server with a good connection as well. I installed the Wine edition of Internet Explorer, which the Internet on that browser ran much quicker and pages were uploaded much more speedy.

I have Netscape and Firefox, but they seem about the same upload speed. Same goes with one of my buddies who has Redhat Linux. (Thus, I would assume it just isn't MY netowork.)

I have the default limits of cache, cookies, etc...

Interesting enough though, that Firefox runs much better on Windows, and it just seems the reverse on Linux.

I would not mind using a different browser, if you know of any that aren't too difficult to install (whether RPM based or extract and execute the Shell script.)

I am a so any help would be great.

Thanks for the help, Linux community!

Go Linux!
Old 06-02-2005, 09:25 AM   #4
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Slow connection


I'm also a Linux newbie and I'm experiencing something very similar to what's going on with you. My recently bought serial modem is connecting to the internet very very slowly. Pages load very slow and downloading is even slower. I'm using a ASUS Notebook and when I use XP everything connects fine. I don't understand what's going on. I'm using the "Internet Configuration Wizard" that came built into my RedHad WS. I wasn't able to connect with my KPPP 2.1.1. If you find anymore information can you please pass it along? I'll keep my one eye open as well.
Old 06-09-2005, 10:13 PM   #5
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Ok, here is the "fix". (workaround.)

This is more of a GNOME issue.

Load KDE (the other GUI) and run your browsers their.

It works much faster. (The pages load much, much, better.)

Personally, KDE is much better for a newbie. I am already starting to like it.

Install KDE from the Add or Remove Applications -- > KDE. Then from the GNOME login click Session, and then select KDE.

The GUI is a bit different, but I think you may actually find KDE much more likable for a newbie.

Next, so anytime you login to your desktop in the future, go to the terminal and type:

su -
password: enter your super user (root) password

then type:

gedit /etc/sysconfig/desktop

If perhaps you don't have gedit, use something such as VI or emacs.

(Like I mentioned, I am a newbie, too. I like to use graphical tools -- then learn the commands.)

Then change the value of DESKTOP="GNOME" to DESKTOP="KDE"

Save that, log out (restart -- not needed) and log back in.

You should be logging back in via KDE without selecting the session.

Try running Firefox.

Much faster, eh?

Also - I'd suggest updating to the latest edition of Firefox and removing the present one. (At least that's what I did.)

Tell me if this helps.

I don't need donations or anything, just people telling me I helped -- that's all I enjoy!
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:50 PM   #6
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LENNYSOCOL is right KDE runs nicely
KDE has its own browser called Konqueror
ON my sytem I have three browsers FIREFOX and LYNX and KONQUEROR
I use KONQUEROR just about all the time because it is quick and easy
and KGET which is the ftp downloader program integrates into Konqueror giving a rapid response when you have browsed the web and find something that you want down loaded
I am on a dial up and in my old windows days donloads came in at 4kb per sec
on my present sytem I often get 8 Kb per sec and higher
Lots of websites are of course slow its not your sytem or your ISP just the sites which are iether busy or are hosted on poor servers
Konqueror tells you at the bottom left of the window haw fast the site is loading and how many bytes are being loaded
Old 02-09-2006, 11:49 PM   #7
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I think this had something to-do with the IPV6 module in the kernel..
Try disabling it from the kernel..

For more info..

Last edited by Intimidator; 09-06-2006 at 12:12 AM.
Old 01-26-2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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Having trouble with FIrefox/Evolution

Hi I am a real newbie at this. I have been running Linux on my computer for over a year. Recently I have had trouble with both Evolution and Firefox. Starting Thursday evening, it started getting messages from Evolution saying unable to fetch mail, temporary trouble reading....., and then when I would go into Firefox it would tell me that it could not load the page.

This went on for a day and a half. I started by verifying that the modem to my internet was operational and called the service provider. They told me that I was showing as being connected to the internet.

It was then suggested that I renew the ip address. Tried but was unsuccessful.

Now, I am able to get into evolution and to fire fox after doing nothing. Though the system is extremely slow and occasionally I get the same messages.

If someone could shed some light on this problem, and what I should do to try and fix it, I would really appreciate it.

How do you go about renewing your ip address, as well would be helpful.


Old 04-09-2011, 05:29 PM   #9
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Am using ubuntu 10.10 .. Please tell me how i can get kde in that


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