I am extremely
pleased to announce that the problems with Gnome apps opening internet connections when they are started, and Gnome apps being very slow when the router is turned off, seem
to be solved
I did three changes, as suggested: in the file /etc/network/interfaces I commented out the lines for "eth1", "eth2", "ath0" and "wlan0" (and the single line following each entry too); in the file /etc/hosts I made the suggested changes, and in the file /etc/resolv.conf I removed the domain reference. I don't know which of these changes was the decisive change, and I don't feel like going back and doing them one at time to find out (unless someone out there really wants to know). So:
Thank you, everyone, for your time and help in solving this!!!
This shows that Linux Mint has a concerned, patient and intelligent community, that doesn't make degrading remarks to non-gurus (like myself). Bravo!
Now on to some replies:
Dr.U wrote: I am not using DHCP but a local network (with a static IP) called schwarzwald because that is the name of the workgroup on my wife's M$ Windows machine that is on our LAN
That's why I f***ing hate Microsoft. They kidnap terms and terminology and then everyone thinks that this is the same stuff: resolv.conf
is about TCP/IP
about Microsoft's broken and braindead networking non-standards. When someone says domain
or domain name
then this means DNS
. Stuff like linuxmint.com
, and so on. This has nothing
whatsoever to do with Microsoft "Workgroups" or "Windows Domains". In theory you could make something up here, e.g. dr.u.net
or you could use the real domain name of your Internet Service Provider, e.g. t-online.de
or whatever it is in your case. No matter what you set here, this has no influence
over whether or not SAMBA and Windows Networking will work or not. These two topics use entirely separate settings. We are talking TCP/IP and DNS here. NOT Windows Networking.
Thanks for the info, scorp! No one ever told me this and never have I seen it listed anywhere. Indeed, I am pretty sure that I once found info that started me in this incorrect direction in some Linux mag article about networking (long ago, mind you).
Dr.U wrote: I do not have a steady provider.
Why no broadband?? It's much much cheaper and waaaaay faster.
And given the speeds and prices you get offered in Germany you should easily find a plan that would suit you. When I see the ADSL speeds you can get in Germany I really sometimes want to massacrate those morons here at Swisscom (our ex-state owned monopoly ... still a monopoly !!) for not giving us ADSL users more speed. The only alternative here is Cablecom (a monopoly too!), and their stuff connects via the TV connector, eg. you get a so called "cable modem" ... but their service so totally sucks IMHO that so far I see no choice but to stay with Swisscom. Their ADSL offering is a bit slower than Cablecom but at least their service is 1st class. You however in Germany have sooooo many providers to select from .... So why bother with ISDN?
Theoretically, you are right. Practically, the German telecom still has too much power and control over telecommunication in Germany, and has absolutely terrible service/business practices. One example (actually this happened to 2 of my friends, about 12 months apart, and I have seen reports about this and similar problems on television), my friend had TDSL (DSL from the Deutsche Telecom) and sent them a letter terminating the service and switching it to another DSL provider (that is a re-saler that uses the Deutsche Telekom lines). As a reply from the D. Telekom, she gets a letter thanking her for her "new" subscription to TDSL!! Her bank account is now being zapped from both the new provider and the Deutsche Telekom (hereafter called DT)!! The DT said that they are "sorry" for this error and that it will be corrected. This has continued now for over two months with no correction yet. The other friends needed over six months before the DT stopped trying to zap their bank account (they blocked the account after the first withdrawal), another 6 months before the money was transferred back (without interest, of course), and during this time regularly sent letters threatening legal action against my friends for blocking the bank account.
For me the DT is poison and I will never risk trying any
product from them -- rather a slow ISDN than Kafka-like nightmares!! Besides, our relatively new penthouse flat that we bought in 1999 has glass-fiber lines (not copper) and, although the DT has now a technology that is even faster than DSL for such lines they have stopped installing it (after only installing it the cities that hosted the recent soccer world championship games). They have no current plans to restart installations (according to their customer service), and (according to news reports) they are stalling in an attempt to put pressure on the regulating authorities to ease up on cutbacks of the DTs existing market advantages (accrued from their previous monopoly) -- sounds like they are following the well-known examples of Mr. Bill Gates.
Dr.U wrote: NTP (Network Time Protocol?)
Check the boot scripts ... On my system I have this menu: System ==> Administration ==> BootUp Manager
... You can take a look at it and see if you find anything that says something about ntp
... But watch out! Do not disable any service unless you really really know what you do! You might cripple your system if you disable vital stuff!
Thanks for the tips. I'll check and see what I can find.