Linux Forums unreachable.

Markus Schönhaber ubuntu-users at
Wed Feb 24 10:58:21 UTC 2010

24.02.2010 02:51, Ray Parrish:

> Markus Schönhaber wrote:

>> That's indeed strange: UDP packets do reach the target, TCP packets don't.
>> @Ray: you don't have any packet filter active on your machine or your
>> DSL router, do you?
> No, but I note that the router portion of it is blocking one specific 
> web site that does not match I suppose I could remove 
> that entry, and retry if you think that could be the problem.

OK, let's see what we do know:
- you can't establish a TCP connection to port 80 at,
- the problem is not caused by a DNS failure,
- UDP packets do reach,
- TCP packets don't
In fact, the last point isn't exactly true. All we know is that
traceroute -T doesn't receive a response from That
could mean that either the probe itself gets thrown away on the server
side or that the probe does reach the server but the response to the
probe is dropped somewhere.

Judging from the above, I can imagine two possible causes of the problem:
1. are - for some reason unknown to me -
indeed blocking you (or an IP range which contains the IPs you are
assigned) from access to their site.
2. Something at your side (DSL router/computer) is throwing away some
network packets thus making it impossible for you to access

If 1. is true, there's not much you can do about other than, for
example, asking them about the problem via mail or on #linuxforums IRC
channel on freenode.
If there's another QWest customer in your neighbourhood and you could
make them check their access to, that would give a
hint too.

If 2. is true, you have to find out what exactly it is that blocks
communication with
What I'd try:
- Boot the machine from a LiveCD and check if it makes a difference. If
it doesn't, this pretty much rules out your machine as source of the
- Change the router's configuration to not block anything and check if
it makes a difference.

While not exactly helping to find the culprit, it might nevertheless be
interesting to see if the problem is specific to port 80. I. e. if you
telnet to a different port (21, 53, 443, 8443 for example seem to be
open on will a connection be established?

Other than that, I don't have any ideas, sorry.


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