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Since yesterday, ( first time I have installed Linux in years ) my internet connection, despite usually reporting under Kppp as "connected at 49333", and showing a "( max 6.0 ...
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    Unusually slow dial-up connection.


    Since yesterday, ( first time I have installed Linux in years ) my internet connection, despite usually reporting under Kppp as "connected at 49333", and showing a "( max 6.0 ) kb/s", never downloads at more than 2.9 kb/s, slightly over half what it was under Windows ( 5.1-5.3 kb/s, consistently ). Not a severe issue but fairly strange.

    Are there any common configuration problems that could be responsible for this? I am using Slamd 64 10.1 with KDE 3.3, and a Multitech V.92 hardware modem with an IRQ of 209, I/O ports at a000/a4000/a800 and set to ttyS2, if this explains anything.

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    first make sure that kppp is reporting the true connection speed by including W2 in the dial string (ie. ATW2DT). Next , after a session, use minicom (or even the kppp log window) to send at&v1 which should give you something like this :-
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    at&v1
    TERMINATION REASON.......... RETRAIN FAILURE
    LAST TX rate................ 28800 BPS
    HIGHEST TX rate............. 28800 BPS
    LAST RX rate................ 37333 BPS
    HIGHEST RX rate............. 37333 BPS
    PROTOCOL.................... LAPM
    COMPRESSION................. V44
    Line QUALITY................ 127
    Rx LEVEL.................... 016
    Highest Rx State............ 67
    Highest TX State............ 85
    EQM Sum..................... 014E
    RBS Pattern................. 00
    Rate Drop................... 00
    Digital Loss................ 2000
    Local Rtrn Count............ 01
    Remote Rtrn Count........... 00
    V90
    which may help you. I'm affraid that I don't know what half of these mean, but the first one - TERMINATION REASON.......... RETRAIN FAILURE - is about a failure I was having (hangup after two or three minutes) when the modem does a "I wonder if I'm still at the best connection speed, I'll do a quiet re-train and see".

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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    I changed the dial string; basically the same speeds are reported.

    Using at&v1 in minicom afterwards only results in "ERROR".

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    ah, that means that your modem doesn't support that command.

    Sorry, but that was all I had to give.

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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
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    Interestingly enough, while my previous modem used Com3 in Windows, this one turned out to use Com4. Reinstalling Slamd64 and setting the modem to ttyS3 instead of ttyS2 solved the problem.

    Thank you anyway.

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