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 From:  "James W. McKeand" <james at mckeand dot biz>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] RE : Problems with bigpond
 Date:  Fri, 15 Oct 2004 09:37:13 -0400
Free (GPL) memory test can be found at: http://www.memtest86.com/ You
can download an ISO for a bootable CDRom.

I heard about this from the guys at the TechTV show "The Screen
Savers". I have used it before when I thought I had a problem with the
RAM in a system, but it did not find any errors (the problem was not

James W. McKeand

-----Original Message-----
From: pmok at optushome dot com dot au [mailto:pmok at optushome dot com dot au] 
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 10:39 PM
To: Jay Binks; m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] RE : Problems with bigpond

Hmmm...OK, similar config as my ones.

A few suggestions.

(1) Try if you can, use the Telstra login on a PC behind the firewall,
disable the one at M0n0Wall. ( open up the necessary ports for Telstra
Login, "Heartbeat" ).We want to rule out the firewall's BPA login as a

If it logs in fine for more than 10min using a login from behind the
firewall and not at the firewall, then something must have screwed up

(2) Check if the RAM or NIC on the firewall PC isn't on the verge of
Sometimes that happens and its a bit of a doozy to figure out. (Its
like if you stick too many things on the power supply and Windows
2000/XP throws up a Kernel-related BSOD...It gives you nothing

You can download memory diagnostic apps where it creates a boot disk
for you. You boot up and let it run some thorough tests.

I'm not sure about NICs as I use Intel ones, they provide diagnostic
software that allow you to check if the NIC isn't failing. (I put both
NICs on a Windows setup, connect them to each other via cross-over
network cable and run tests and such).

You need to do a bit of googling to find the free software (
www.google.com.au )

(3) You can also look for any errors when M0n0Wall is booting up.
Sometimes it may bootup too fast...Once it booted up, press "Scroll
Lock" on the keyboard and use arrow keys to look through if M0n0wall
show any errors when booting up.

Also, this info can be found on the status section when you log into
the firewall via browser.

In a web browser, you can enter :
http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/status.php or
( where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is IP of the firewall. )

(4) In the WebGUI, under  " Interfaces: WAN " is all your settings
under " BigPond Cable configuration " default? You may have to specify
some certain things.

If you want specifics, head over to http://www.ozcableguy.com/ on the
left hand side, they have FAQs and Guides, read those that are related
to the entries on M0n0Wall.

Other than the above, I can't really think of any more to test.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jay Binks" <jaybinks at insomniacmediaproductions dot com>
To: <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
Cc: <pmok at optushome dot com dot au>
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 9:16 AM
Subject: [m0n0wall] RE : Problems with bigpond

> Im using PC Monowall..
> P166mmx, 128meg, CDRom / Floppy, 2 Nic's
> yes am using the integrated login client..
> and that SEEMS to be ok..
> since when I reboot the system it logs in fine,,,,
> then runs with no probs for 10 min or so...
> its just a while it slows to a crawl and I cant speed it up again.
> I cant see anything in the logs that is of interest (what should I
> my firewall rules are empty   /   yesterday I specificly allowed the
> HEartbeat port
> and it didnt help.. (do I need this, I could have the wrong port)
> what else should I try
> thanks
> Jay Binks
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