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Postby Dark_Willow » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:12 pm

Just installed Mandriva Linux with KDE on my laptop connected to Telewest 512k cable via a Motorola Surfboard 5100i cable modem (USB or Ethernet). This is connected throug it's ehternet port to the laptop via a Sitecom LN-029 USB to Ethernet adapter. Web browser in use are FireFox and Konquror.

The installation (very nice) set up the system excellently and found all hardware including the USB adaptor which it has set as ETH0.

However the effective download speeds are much slower than with my Win2k Pro setup (same system, different H/D). When browsing the web, there is a long lag before a connection is established with a site, then downloads is fast but sporadic, with very long pauses. Are there any firmware updates or drivers I need?

Also, are there any plug in available for linux versions of firefox to play QuickTime or Windows Media files?
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Postby linuxgirlie » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:00 pm

I find konqueror very fast, verus firefox. Do you have an kb per second speeds?
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Postby mugstar » Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:21 pm

If it's not a hardware issue, then there are some very effective tweaks for Firefox on the Gentoo forums: http://tinyurl.com/8u7aj
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Postby Dark_Willow » Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:45 pm

I'm not sure that it's a FireFox problem, as I have the same problem with Konqueror. The actual data transnfer speed I get are fine, typically around 65 to 80 kbps. However the problem is when looking up domains, the browser takes 30 sec or so to look up a domain, wheras on Win2k (using Firefox) the responce is in most cases just a few secs at most.
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Postby nelz » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:36 pm

Compare the DNS servers you are using with Windows and Linux, for Linux you'll find this information in /etc/resolv.conf.
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Postby nordle » Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:10 pm

Sounds very similar to a problem I, and many others, had a while ago, which was down to IPV6

I can't remember at all what was done to fix it, remove some lines from a conf file somewhere, does anyone else remember what Im babling about?

Same thing, took AGES to connect to a site, once hooked up it downloaded fine, nice and quick.
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Postby Dark_Willow » Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:20 am

nordle wrote:Sounds very similar to a problem I, and many others, had a while ago, which was down to IPV6

I can't remember at all what was done to fix it, remove some lines from a conf file somewhere, does anyone else remember what Im babling about?

Same thing, took AGES to connect to a site, once hooked up it downloaded fine, nice and quick.


Sounds exactly like problem I have here, so if anyone can remeber what to do, pls enlighten!
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Postby nordle » Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:52 am

Have a look in /etc/modprobe.conf, comment out any lines which mention IPV6

eg

# this line is commented out, ie won't have any effect
this line is not commented out, so will have an effect

Apologies if getting too detailed, no idea what you know etc

You will need to reboot....well, strictly speaking you don't, but I have no idea which startup scripts need to re-run, so booting is all I can think of :)
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Postby jer1ch0 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:57 pm

not sure what it is in Mandriva, but in ubuntu or SuSE,
1. sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/aliases
2. Find the line: alias net-pf-10 ipv6
3. Edit this to: alias net-pf-10 off
4. Save the file and reboot
Your browsing should now be a lot faster.

Also: Here's something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:



1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:



network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests



Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.



2. Alter the entries as follows:



Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"



Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"



Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.



3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.



If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!
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Postby Gordon » Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:58 pm

Thanks for that firefox. It really does work :D

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Postby towy71 » Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:36 pm

jer1ch0
you are a star, this has made it much faster! :D :D :D

thanks my friend

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Postby RD » Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:45 pm

both work :D on kubuntu
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Postby mugstar » Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:50 pm

*ahem, cough, cough*
...as do all the other ones in the link I posted above... :roll:
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Postby RD » Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:18 pm

IMO

I think this thread should be made a sicky for new users
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Postby nelz » Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:56 pm

For when a newbie wants a day off? :lol:
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