A brief history is that in an installation of the OpenSuSE-11.1, Linux operating system I at first had difficulty in connecting to the Internet using a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet service in my friend’s mobile home using an RJ-45 cable extending between an external modem and an ethernet card, which in turn was plugged into the side of my Hewlett Packard, Pavilion, ZE1110 notebook computer. A major obstacle was in realizing from an Internet posting that I needed to set the gateway as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the external modem. But once I had the settings set properly, I could gratefully reproducibly connect to the Internet that way time after time to obtain updates to my installed software in OpenSuSE 11.1.
In an openSUSE-11.3-replacement installation the settings in Network Manager for a successful connection to the Internet were probably similar, but perhaps with a possible difference in their arrangement within Nework Manager. Still I have gratefully obtained many updates for openSUSE 11.3 in multiple, successful Internet connections. However, from one session to another in openSUSE 11.3 sometimes I had to “fiddle” with or enter some settings again before I could connect to the Internet again. On occasion it is as if some change(s) was (were) being made between starts of openSUSE 11.3 that I sometimes could not see being made. This is at least imagineable if, say some setting or a variable value is reset with a start of openSUSE 11.3 in the LXDE.
But there was at least one thing I could see. That is my computer has only 256 MegaBytes (MB) of Random Access Memory (RAM) installed in it. Often I use the I think LXDE because things may run faster for me in it than in the KDE (K Desktop Environment). Even so, sometimes I had to wait some seconds before a button’s label’s letters’ colors would change from gray to black so that clicking on the button would be effective. I suspect that I may be dealing either with an error in the Network Manager or openSUSE-11.3 software which sometimes changes some setting from its value from one session to another of openSUSE 11.3; or else given the time delay of seconds that I mentioned, my computer’s low RAM supply might be causing some irreproducibility problem that I could not see or understand. Once I was able to successfully connect to the Internet, successful Internet connections were made on two consecutive starts of openSUSE 11.3 when the first start included the downloading and installing of many updates from the Internet, sometimes including a new Linux kernel, and the second start was a restart of the computer as requested of me.
Here are some details of the settings I have been used:
I could right-touch-pad-button-click on the Network Manager icon and select “Edit Connections.” I think my ethernet card was often automatically detected by an openSUSE-11.3, Linux program and was called “Auto eth0” by it. So on the ensuing “Wired” tab and with “Auto eth0” selected, one could click on the “Edit” button. On the next “Wired” tab I did not change the MACaddress. I had the check box beside “Available to all users” checked. On the “IPv4 Settings” tab I had “manual” set as the “Method.” Then under “Address” I entered a meaningless IP address. Under Netmask I entered 255.0.0.0. And under “Gateway” I entered the IP address of the external modem.
Again I could right-touch-pad-button-click on the Network Manager icon and select “Edit Connections.” This time by clicking on the ensuing “DSL” tab a new connection I eventually called dsl0 as the connetion name was added by clicking on the “Add” button. With its listing seleted I could click on the “Edit” button and input some settings, if I wished to do so. On the “DSL” tab I input the user name and password for my friend’s Internet service and left the check box beside “Show password” unchecked. I had a check mark in the check box beside “Connect automatically.” On the “PPP Settings” tab listed, but not by me, were “EAP, PAP, CHAP, MSCHAPv2, MSCHAP.” I had check marks in the check boxes beside “Allow BSD…,” “Use TCP,” “Send PPP…,” and “Available to all users.” On the “IPv4 Settings” tab I had “Method: Automatic (PPPoE).” On the “Wired” tab I left the MACaddress blank and had “MTU” set to “automatic.”
Then by left-touch-pad-button-clicking on the Network Manager icon I could attempt to connect to the Internet on either the “eth0” or “dsl0” connections by clicking on one of those listed items. Using eth0 a successful connection to the Internet was often reported, at least sometimes rather quickly. However, a successful connection using the dsl0 connection was instead required in order to download openSUSE-11.3 updates from the Internet. It was in making Internet connections via dls0 that I often was unsuccessful. The typical behavior after selecting dsl0 for connecting to the Internet was a waiting period of some seconds followed by a failure to make such a connection. Using dsl0 I’m not sure what action made a successful Internet connection or what has been sometimes preventing one to be made. But once one was made, I think it was likely to be usable or one could again be made during the duration of that session of LXDE in openSUSE 11.3. On at least one occasion reentering the dsl0 settings was not sufficient to solve the problem. Please help me obtain stable Internet connections in session after session in the LXDE of openSUSE 11.3.