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Subject: [linux-help] Re: network unreachable
From: Tom Hull <thull2@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 02 May 2006 01:41:01 -0500
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Jonathan Hall wrote:
> Sounds like hardware to me.
> Does the link light come on (either on the NIC, or on the switch) when the
> cable is plugged in?

Both lights come on. Speed is 100mbs. Don't see any blinking when I run
something like:

   ping -i 0 -f -I eth0 -r

which floods out thousands of ping packets. Seems like the hardware
level is functioning, but something is blocking data transmission.
Similar command from other end doesn't blink light either, so receipt
also seems to fail.

Could be hardware, I suppose, but doesn't seem all that likely on a
new machine that had been working smoothly. What else could it be?
One difference between this machine and others is that netstat -r
shows MSS = 0 here vs. 40 on others. Haven't figured out how to
set/change that, even though route(8) suggests it should work.

>>I have a problem on a recently built Ubuntu Linux system. Sometime in
>>the last day or two the machine lost its network connection. Ethernet
>>controller is on the motherboard. It is configured with a static
>>address, and can ping that address but nothing else on the local
>>network. Changing cable and/or port on the otherwise working switch
>>has no effect. We had some trouble yesterday when my gateway machine
>>couldn't get a DHCP address from Cox for a period of several hours.
>>Not sure whether the Ubuntu machine problem occurred at that time,
>>since I didn't notice it until much later. I've rebooted since then.
>>Don't see anything obviously wrong, e.g. in netstat -r or iptables -L.
>>Aside from hardware, is there anything you can think of that might
>>cause a Linux machine to effectively disconnect itself from a local

  *  Tom Hull * *

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