[plug] Intro & IpCop

W.Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Wed Oct 24 15:11:04 WST 2007

Ive seen this a few times on linux:

check the NIC drivers (what card/chipset?) - use the latest (may need a
new kernel - I dont use debian, but others may know if the etch kernel
is recent or an archaeological relic :), check the bug list for the

try a keep alive - ping your ISP every 30 seconds or so

see if the speedstream has a keepalive setting - windows machines are
naturally "chatty", so if it works from windows but not linux, its not
necessarily linuxes fault

Check the logs for messages at the time the connection goes bye bye.


On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 13:58 +0800, Rob Fairholme wrote:
> 'llo all. In the past I've dabbled with Mandrake, SuSE and Sarge on old 
> x86 boxes (both as dual-boot and on their own, usually P3 or even 
> slower!) Eventually bit the bullet, Etch on an IBM SAI2 with 2x P3 
> 1400Mhz (surprise) and 3 gig of ecc & an nVidia 64 Mb PCI card - not bad 
> for $200. KDE runs beautifully and apart from some ram mount hiccups 
> (corrugated cardboard between sticks to hold it in place) all good and 
> well. It doesn't get the same online time as my XP box - games and the 
> like but I've run a few Battlefield2 and 2142 maps on it to my mates' 
> applause. But.... I connect it through a Speedtouch 570 with inbuilt 
> DHCP - I've  put  the default gateway for the modem and ISPs DNS in 
> through the Network setup (as root), got picofirewall running and 
> connect easily. Then about 15 min into session I lose the connection 
> regardless of activity or not (I don't think its a keepalive problem) - 
> any suggestions? I'll try to post flikr urls for lspci, ifconfig and 
> iptraf later today or tomorrow for what I'm sure will be the suggested 
> requests. To skribe, I'm not sure if this is what you want, but I've 
> used Smoothwall <cid:part1.03080203.09020206 at softhome.net>  before on 
> old boxes to great effect (not too sure if its GPL tho). Sorry about the 
> length but this IS my first post. Cheers - Rob. 
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