LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2004, 02:10 PM   #1
hockypuck
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: perry county pa
Distribution: mandrake
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Unhappy computer slowed to a stop


A little information is a dangerous thing. Everything was working ok until I tried to hook up to DSL. It didn't automatically connect and the technical people with my internet provider
knew nothing of Linux. I have Mandrake 10.0 on my machine. I installed a new motherboard KM4M-V/KM4AM-VIKM3M-V Series, as this had a built in ether net card,
trying to hook up to a Sprint router 645 series. Everything acted like it was working, but I could not get on line. I looked at several websites and they suggested a problem with the firewall. So I uninstalled the firewall, and that is when the computer slowed down. It takes
several minutes to install the desk top. And it is so slow that nothing works right. The
computer has slowed down in the past that I could reinstall the operating system and it would be ok. But now when I reinstall Mandrake 10.0 the computer is still slow. When it is booting up and showing each item it is connecting to -- when it gets to starting system
logger it takes 38 seconds, this is when I know that everything is going to be slow.
When I reinstall the operating system I erase the entire disc. I am not sure what other
information would be relevent, It may take me a while to get back to any questions as I have to use my wife's work computer to email. Any help would be appreciated. Right now my computer is a large paperweight.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 02:31 PM   #2
czarherr
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Suwon, Korea
Distribution: Slackware 14
Posts: 288

Rep: Reputation: 32
Are you still hooked up to the network connection? It's possible it is flooding your system with network info, try unhooking your ethernet connection
 
Old 10-20-2004, 04:35 PM   #3
hockypuck
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: perry county pa
Distribution: mandrake
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thank You, that worked. I now have my computer back! I'll start up the firewall before I try to hook up the DSL.
When I try to hook up to the DSL it should be fairly automatic. The first screen that comes up I select LAN to use with the router.
Second screen that comes up it preselects eth0:VIA technologies VT 6102 (rhine 11 10/100) I click next.
Third screen Automatic IP (BootP/OHCP)
4th screen Asks for a DHCP Host name I leave this blank because I don't know what it means.
5th screen says Host name is optional so I leave it blank.
Last screen asks for Zeroconf Host name I don't know what this means so I leave it blank.
Then it always comes up CONGRATULATIONS Configuration successful
restart x system so no host conflict.
I AM NOT CONNECTED TO INTERNET THOUGH!
I don't know if it is because I didn't fill in the blank spaces or it is a conflict with the firewall, as many places on line suggest there may be a conflict with
the firewall.
But I do have my computer back, so I am working on one problem at a time!
Thanks again.
 
Old 07-29-2005, 10:36 PM   #4
funky3204
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Leesburg, IN 46538
Distribution: mandrake
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Sprint 645 DSL

Well I have a Sprint 645 series DSL modem and have Mandrake 10.0 sitting around as well as a 120 Gig hard drive empty waiting to be used as my second hard drive, but last time I tried installing I couldn't get DSL to work so I gave up on linux for now. I spent $90 on Windows XP professional and Office 2003 from an OEM place after seeing that my Windows XP home wouldn't activate after getting a new computer together... had loads of trouble with computer crashes and not working well in hot weather till I trashed the motherboard and wonder if the CPU is fried. If anything I figure the motherboard won't work since its a bit bent when I got upset with it.

I think I'd be willing to buy a linux distribution if it were to work with my DSL, and I may try fiddling with it if it isn't too much trouble to get to work, may also download an iso image or so. I won't be very interested in Linux unless my DSL will work on it. I may also wonder about buying other DSL modems, but I don't want to do that either if I don't have to.

I expect to keep linux on the shelf for now, but if someone has some suggestions I'm willing to fiddle with it up to a point.

-- Leon
 
Old 08-01-2005, 07:14 AM   #5
Habu
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Malaysia
Distribution: Fedora, Suse
Posts: 108

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi,

<hockeypuck, this post might help funky3204 as well, so ignore the first part about whether it's a modem or router. the rest of the things are the same, just read 'router' where it says 'modem'>

We'll need a little more info if we're gonna crack this one. Is your DSL modem a router as well?(I'm not familiar with Sprint products, googling seemed to indicate it might be either).
If it isn't, is your pc hooked up straight to the modem, or is there a router between your pc and the modem?
Here's a brief explanation of the way the connection should work (in case you don't already know):

On one side of the modem/router, is the Internet. On the other is your computer(we'll call this the local network ). The modem/router is an interface between the two, we call that a gateway. Normally, your computer tells the modem what it wants, the modem goes and gets it from the internet, and then sends it back to your computer. Now, there could be two possibilities causing the problem.

1. The modem somehow can't connect to the internet. This is most likely due to a misconfiguration of the modem. Sorry I can't help out with this, I know nothing about Sprint. But we can confirm this - by testing for the second possibility ->

2. Your pc can't connect to the local network. I don't think this is the case, based on the information we have so far. Doesn't hurt to confirm this though. With your network plugged in, (and firewall on, if it helps performance), open a shell as root and type:
ifconfig eth0

You should then see some details about your network card (hardware address, ip address, etc). Look for the ip address, it should be there. If it isn't, the modem isn't configured to give out ip addresses.
Now turn off your computer's firewall, if it was running, by typing
/etc/init.d/iptables stop

Try to ping the network card address that you got from ifconfig. If all goes well, there's no problem with the network card configuration. Next, try ping the broadcast address (this is the same address as your network card address, except change the last number to zero). You should see a response from all the machines on the local network (or at least your own computer if it's the only one on the local network). If all goes well, try connecting to your modem.
If the modem has a web configuration interface, fire up your web browser and type in the ip address of the modem to access it. I don't know what the default address is, sorry-you'll have to look in the manual for that.

At this point, we've ascertained that the networking facilities of the computer are working as normal. If the modem is the source of the problem, you'll have to find out how to configure it, I can't help there. If you do decide to have another go at it, and run into problems with the steps I mentioned, please post back and include as many details as possible.
btw: dhcp host name, host name, and zeroconf host name are all optional, and would not have any effect in this case, so leaving them blank is not a problem.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 07:21 AM   #6
KnEw2LiNuXOK
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Victoria
Distribution: Whatever's Going!
Posts: 15

Rep: Reputation: 0
I have the same problem. I have a usb modem and I cant get it to work with Linux (online is what most of my computer is used for) so I only dabble here and there in Linux. Either I will buy an ethernet modem or keep looking for a solution.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 07:53 PM   #7
funky3204
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Leesburg, IN 46538
Distribution: mandrake
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Well, not that I can help with this issue..., but I jumped for an AMD 64 for about $120 socket 754 and motherboard for about $55... then a fan for close to $40 since I think that was a reason my CPU wasn't working well before and may be fried because I was too cheap on the fan. I'd have to go back to the invoice to check on all the prices, but it was about $250 worth of stuff (with a new case power supply, but that didn't have to be used after all unless I put it in the case that the Celeron 400mhz computer was in...).

Then I got anxious about putting the parts together myself so I paid a computer place to put it together (oh well, another $60). Funny thing is they put both sticks of DDR ram in (256 meg, 1 gig) and they don't work together. I struggled to get it to load up either windows or linux and it wouldn't do either until I pulled out one of those pieces of ram -- the 256 megger. It works fine now.

I like to shop around the www.pricewatch.com web site for bargain prices. When I saw that some of the amd 64 prices were not much more than the athlon xps I jumped for it. Now I still sometimes wish to be able to use linux and learn programming and stuff with it, but I'm too much of a windows user and like trying out games and software available for windows. I'm not interested enough to fork over cash for a new dsl modem, but wonder if that would solve the problem. My brother suggested getting a wireless network card and it ought to just need the software for the network card for linux... maybe later, I'll go browse some more windows programs and stuff.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 09:18 PM   #8
Habu
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Malaysia
Distribution: Fedora, Suse
Posts: 108

Rep: Reputation: 15
I'm not too sure about this, but if i recall correctly some boards have 'dual channel' memory support where it's supposed to speed things up a bit or something-anyway, you had to insert two identical memory modules in the slots for it to work. I don't remember that being a requirement, but maybe things have changed, or perhaps the manufacturer implemented it that way?(i do remember that amd boards handled dual channel differently from their intel counterparts). My laptop (pentium m) has one 256 and one 512 mb module and it works. Haven't had the chance to play with an amd machine before so i don't know about that...your motherboard manual (or google) should tell you if you need to have identical memory modules.
Now i have to say, i stopped messing about with hardware years ago, so my ideas may be a load of bull, so don't be mad at me if i'm wrong k
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Computer wont stop freezing 1702fp Debian 2 03-21-2005 11:42 PM
Linux slowed my system way down des33 Linux - Newbie 1 03-08-2005 02:44 PM
mail servers slowed down kde bardinjw Linux - Software 2 05-05-2004 03:20 PM
internet connection slowed down israel Linux - Software 4 10-07-2003 09:12 PM
Linux has slowed greatly eastj1974 Linux - Newbie 4 08-27-2003 03:05 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration