can't connect - what do I look for? (solved, but educate me)

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can't connect - what do I look for? (solved, but educate me)

Postby shengchieh on Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:41 pm

I can't connect to the internet with my desktop which has L.M. Fluxbox 9. I'm
typing this from my laptop. The desktop use ethernet connection. So far I tried

1. Reboot the desktop. (not because AT&T rebooted)
2. LiveCD using L. M. Fluxbox 9. (not an OS problem)
3. Used the DSL wire for the laptop (unplug from laptop and plug into desktop) - I know
this wire works since I'm using it right now. (not a DSL wire problem)

I suspicious I may have a hardware problem. The desktop is 3.5 years old and was a
low end model back then. So now it is a dinosaur. The lspci data is at

http://shengchieh.50webs.com/Desktoplspci.txt

I plan to open it up after late lunch unless someone has a better idea.

Sheng-Chieh

UPDATE: 12pm. I did lspci on the desktop and got

01:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

so it still see the ethernet card
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Re: can't connect - what do I look for?

Postby b-rock on Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:29 pm

is this a new install?

or did it work before and it just stopped working?
I never know what to put here.
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Re: can't connect - what do I look for?

Postby shengchieh on Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:26 pm

worked before and then stopped working. But...

We found the problem. The problem was with the wireless repeater dying. So the signal got less and less.

Funny, before the problem was found, the internet on the laptop, which has L.M. LXDE 9, works fine, but the internet on the desktop, which has L.M.
fluxbox 9, didn't. But are being connected to a "hub" which receives the wireless signal and sent the signal thru DSL cable (cat5). The desktop is only
a few feet from the laptop using the same "hub".

So now educate me. Why did the laptop's internet works, but not the desktop's internet? Is it because the desktop uses more power or is it because
L.M. Fluxbox "discriminates" the signal worst than L.M. LXDE?

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Re: can't connect - what do I look for? (solved, but educate

Postby DrHu on Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:51 pm

I think it could be that the notebook was also receiving and thereby trapping the signal, preventing the second machine (the desktop) from receiving properly..
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