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    help with slow internet in xandros

    Hello, I just set up a computer at home that dual boots WinXP and Xandros 3 (v. 2.6.11-x1).I am having a bit of trouble and I hope someone can help me.

    Xandros setup went fine, and the internet configuration seems ok.
    I use a cable connection. Xandros recognizes my ethernet card (Realtech RTL8139/810x). It also is able to automatically detect an IP address (through DHCP) and DNS settings.However, it is connecting very slow (under 1KB/sec). I checked and it is receiving a small # of packets, but sending very little data. Also, there are errors and dropped packets. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I have tried some recommendations from posts about similar problems in other distributions. In particular: disabling ipv6 in the alias.conf file. This did not work.

    I do not have any trouble connecting with XP and the connection and hardware are sound.

    Here is output from ifconfig:

    trajan:~# ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:19:21:41:F3:86
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    RX packets:535 errors:15 dropped:30 overruns:15 frame:0
    TX packets:32 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:32418 (31.6 KiB) TX bytes:3729 (3.6 KiB)
    Interrupt:10 Base address:0x6c00

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr: Mask:
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:416 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:416 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:32099 (31.3 KiB) TX bytes:32099 (31.3 KiB)

    trajan:~# netstat -i
    Kernel Interface table
    eth0 1500 0 1746 56 111 56 33 0 0 1 BMRU
    lo 16436 0 426 0 0 0 426 0 0 0 LRU

    Any ideas? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you.

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    Linux Guru anomie's Avatar
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    I don't see your exact NIC on their supported hardware page:

    Realtek - 8029(AS), RTL-8129, RT8139
    differs slightly from what you've posted; maybe it's significant to this problem you're seeing, or maybe not at all.

    A very quick (and inexpensive?) way to narrow this down to whether Xandros will not play nicely with your exact NIC would be to swap it out with one on their supported hardware list.

    You say everything gets along with XP, so I'm presuming you have already ruled out a bad NIC and/or ethernet cable.

    Good luck.

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    I figured it out! So the Realtek RTL8139/810x card did not like it when Xandros was booting with APIC on. I reinstalled Xandros with APM and now everything seems to be working great. Alternatively one could disable APIC when the kernal boots, but I am afraid to tinker with that stuff at this stage! Maybe this info will help if someone is having similar problems.

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