# # Loose cables
APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Loose cables

I've removed advertising from most of this site and will eventually clean up the few pages where it remains.

While not terribly expensive to maintain, this does cost me something. If I don't get enough donations to cover that expense, I will be shutting the site down in early 2020.

If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Some material is very old and may be incorrect today

© June 2006 Anthony Lawrence

"The cable fell off". I had been asking the person at the other end of the line to hook his computer directly to the Comcast modem, so I naturally assumed he meant the CAT-5 cable. I asked if the locking tab was broken off the end.

"I don't think this has a locking tab", he said.

Oh, sure. "It's supposed to", I explained. "It keeps it from falling out."

"I don't see why it would fall off normally", he insisted.

I suppose I should have caught on to the "fall off" part, but I didn't. "Well, maybe we can tape it for now until we can get you a new cable", I suggested.

"Naw", he said, "I'll just tighten it up."

Huh?

"Oh, sheesh: you mean the coax cable fell off - the one that has a pin in the middle and screws on? That cable fell off?"

Ayup. That's just what he meant.

Actually, this knowledge pleased me a little. We had been chasing strange problems out here for several weeks and getting nowhere. Regularly they would have to power cycle this modem over and over before it would cough up a DHCP address for the router. As it was all just black magic to the folks near the modem, the 7:00 AM calls were getting a little tiresome to me. I don't say annoying: their problem was real and needed fixing, but it was tiresome because it was getting worse rather than better.

We'd also had a slowly dying Windows 98 box that couldn't hold its private DHCP allocated address, so that puppy usually had to be powered off every morning before it would wheeze and clunk itself to life. The inability of that machine to work sometimes triggered them to try resetting the modem. I couldn't make them understand that if other machines could reach the Internet there was nothing wrong with the router or the modem: it was that stupid old machine. I was very pleased to hear that one recent morning it had given up the struggle to boot and no amount of rest would resuscitate it. One less problem for me, I thought.

But this falling off cable was really of interest. If the darn thing was so loose that it could actually fall off from handling, that might be the source of my other problems. It certainly couldn't have been helping.

"She's up now", my contact announced. "We have Internet".

That's good. Maybe they'll still have it tomorrow morning, but if not, well, I'm always up early anyway.

If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Got something to add? Send me email.





(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

->
-> Loose cables


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course

Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan

Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

Take Control of Automating Your Mac





More Articles by © Anthony Lawrence





Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us


Printer Friendly Version





FORTRAN—the "infantile disorder"—, by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is now too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use. (Edsger W. Dijkstra)




Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts


This post tagged:

Lighter

Networking



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode