[kdepim-users] Re: KMail downloads

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Thu Jul 28 22:34:48 BST 2011

On Thursday 28 July 2011, Louis Hinman wrote:
> I have a small home Ethernet network.  One machine is running
> Slackware Linux 13.0, KDE 4.2.4 and KMail  1.11.4 and Firefox. The
> other runs Windows XP.

Hmm. This version of KMail is ancient. :-)

> I recently changed my  ISP  to Time-Warner and I have a broadband
> connection to the Internet.   Everything was working normally for 3
> months, but suddenly email downloads from Time-Warner's Road Runner
> POP server started to get erratic.  Sometimes rebooting help, but
> sometimes not.
> I can usually ping the POP server, and I can always download my email
> from the Windows machine, so it appears there is nothing wrong on
> the server side.  I can generally send email (although it appears to
> be a little slow, and sometimes a perfectly ordinary email gets
> stuck in the outbox).
> Coincidentally, Firefox on the Linux box is also behaving
> erratically.  HTML processing get's stuck on "Waiting for
> xyz.com...".  HTML requests do not time out at the server, but the
> page never comes.  Again, rebooting sometimes helps and sometimes
> doesn 't.  (Firefox on the Windows machine works normally.)
> The fact that I have problems with *both* KMail  *and* Firefox makes
> me suspect there is a problem with the underlying TCP/IP plumbing on
> the Linux machine.  Is there a buffer overflowing somewhere?  A
> corrupted cache?  Is there a log file I can look at?

To me this sounds more like a hardware problem than a software problem. 
Did you check the network cable and the network connectors?

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