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I have a REALLY weird problem with either my network or my OS.

Last week I've suddenly had difficulties loading some websites or even more odd some parts of different websites. For example, I could load, login and view the list of emails in my inbox but when I clicked one of them it would just time out. Another example is, I can view the home page but going into any one of the articles fails (times out).

I've tried Chrome, Firefox and Opera, all fail the same way.

If I take a URL of a page I cannot load via the browser and try to wget it though the console I get the file just fine.

I've formatted my machine (Used to run Ubuntu 13.04) and installed Mint Linux this time, it worked fine for a few days and now, again, having the same exact issues.

Important to note that I have other machines connected either directly or via Wi-Fi to the router and they are all working fine (two win7 machines and 1 raspberry pi).

Another strange behavior is that I can ftp or ssh to remote machines but cannot send files via ftp (times out) even if I set passive mode ON and when using ssh I can do just about anything but I cannot paste text into the remote machine, for example if I nano a file on the remote machine and try to paste anything from my clipboard it freezes.

What I've tried so far:

  1. Disable IPv6 on the networking admin (and on firefox disabling ipv6 on the about:config page)
  2. Changing the port and the network cable
  3. I went to the store and bought a new standalone PCIe network adapter
  4. Connected my win7 laptop using the same cable and router port (sites that were not working on my Mint are working just fine on the win7 machine)
  5. Loaded Mint from a livecd, got the same result
  6. Tried changing the MTU (was 1500, tried 1492)

Some observations:

  1. When I clear my browser cache and go to for example, the homepage loads but I fail to load any profile/group page. If I refresh homepage a couple of times it stops and fails to load until I clear my browser cache. I changed the chrome cache folder permissions to 0777 but that did not help.

  2. When I run netstat -n I see A LOT of connections that are in 'FIN_WAIT' mode (I'm guessing that's when I try to refresh pages that are not working and timing out), I have no idea what it means or if it helps anyone figure out what's wrong.

  3. The sites that are not loading correctly are always that same, they don't vary or anything and they fail to load exactly the same way on all three browsers that I've tried.

  4. When I Googled 'Ubuntu some sites not loading' I see a huge amount of complaints just like mine, but none of them that I could find actually says what the problem is or how they fixed it.

Technical stuff:

  1. netstat -n
  2. ps aux
  3. netstat -nr
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I too have the same problem. First faced this problem with Linux Mint , so I tried Ubuntu & Fedora . Even with Ubuntu & Fedora I faced the same problem . But when I connectthe same internet connection with Windows 8 Laptop it works fine.

Here are few solutions which might be useful to you.

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Can you summarize what is at the link within your answer in case the linked page goes dead? – jonsca Dec 6 '13 at 11:15

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