[mythtv-users] Strange networking issue with Acer Revo AR1600 on GBit
born_daniel at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 30 16:35:42 UTC 2010
>> > P.S. Why am I the only one with this problem, (or maybe not)?
>> I've been watching this thread, since I have the same setup as you..
>> but I don't have a network problem.
> I don't have the hardware, but it sure sounds like flaky hardware.
> Just for yucks, though: Ever check the ARP cache? Maybe something's
> poisoning it. If you can type at it in the failed state without
> un-failing it and covering the tracks, type "arp -n". Do so in a
> working state as well, of course. (The -n is so it doesn't try a
> DNS query, which might muddy the waater.)
> Or set up a job somewhere that does -not- cause any network traffic
> (e.g., writes to a file but not over a network connection to your
> screen) that periodically appends the output of arp to a file. Maybe
> once every ten minutes or so.
> Might tell you nothing, but if it changes when the failure happens...
Yeah, don't get me going about flaky hardware... I ordered my first Revo from an online vendor, received it but it had a hardware issue with the RJ45 connector. I sent it back through their "expressRMA" service, it took over a month to get the replacement!
Now this one _might_ have a hardware issue but the online shop rejected my second RMA request with _NO_ explanations given. Real classy joint.
So before I contacted Acer for a possible warranty repair/replacement, I decided to experiment with different OSes and setups to completely confirm (or not) the flaky hardware.
Then, I started getting cases where the connection was not failing (Ubuntu 10.04 RC4, Xubuntu 9.10) so I decided to install Mythtv on top of that Xubuntu install.
Yesterday, I managed to watch live tv on it for about 3 hours without any disconnections.
Strange thing is, if I ssh onto the Revo from another box besides the Myth Master Backend, I get a connection lost within 10 minutes!
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that out tonight.
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