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  1. #1
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    Jan 2008

    Very Slow Internet in Ubuntu 8.04

    Hi, I have recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 and after the install I found that my internet connection was quite terrible. I have a wired connection straight to my router so the threads I've seen on slow internet in Hardy have been pretty much useless (being centered around wireless). The main problem is that Firefox waits at "Looking up" for a long time, making browsing the internet ridiculously slow. It also seems to affect downloading from the repos, however, leading me to think it's not a firefox issue. I've tried changing to OpenDNS and disabling IPv6 with no luck. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Upstate NY
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Wink Re: Very Slow Internet in Ubuntu 8.04

    I will post my sysctl.conf and rc.local files tonight for you to try and boost your speed.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Upstate NY
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Cool Re: Very Slow Internet in Ubuntu 8.04

    I have the dreaded rt2500 card WMP54G.

    After a fresh install I applied these files only and got the Internet Speed out of my system I was used to seeing with Windows.

    Paste applicable contents from each file.

    My additions to the sysctl.conf

    To open for editing "sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf"

    #increase TCP maximum buffer size
    net.core.rmem_max = 16777216
    net.core.wmem_max = 16777216

    # increase linux autotuning TCP buffer limits
    net.ipv4.tcp_rmem = 4096 87380 16777216
    net.ipv4.tcp_wmem = 4096 65536 16777216

    # don't cache ssthresh from previous connection
    net.ipv4.tcp_no_metrics_save = 1

    # recommended to increase this for 1000 BT or higher
    net.core.netdev_max_backlog = 2500

    to apply immediately after editing "sudo sysctl -p"

    Good source of info here.

    Nice Info here.......,00.asp

    Info on sysctl.conf parameters..

    check your parameters by dumping the sysctl info to a file.
    sudo sysctl -A > ~/Desktop/sysctl_settings

    rc.local has some redundancy to syctl.conf

    paste before the exit 0 at the bottom

    /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 rate 11M

    echo 256960 > /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_default
    echo 256960 > /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max
    echo 256960 > /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_default
    echo 256960 > /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max

    echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_timestamps
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_sack
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_window_scaling

    "11M" worked fine for my connection. Play with that rate till you find your sweet spot (because not every place has the same basic speed nor does everyone pay for more speed like Business Class)

    Most people say make a backup of the original but I say make a backup of your edited file as well!

    Last edited by SINternet; May 16th, 2008 at 01:38 AM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Re: Very Slow Internet in Ubuntu 8.04

    I'm having the same problem as well on 8.04 (hardy). Ping responses (if any) to known working servers are VERY slow and web browsing crawls with many "server taking too long to respond" messages. top reports may 'gettys' running (5-6), with only one virtual terminal open. Any help appreciated. TIA.


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