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Only specific OS freezes on certain internet connections

2231 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 10, 2014 9:42 PM by tkayvegas RSS
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May 3, 2012 9:20 AM

Everyone - I know this question has been posted by a few others but the fix is specific to a users computer. My issue is happening on more than one mac. So here is the deal:


I work for the local ISP. We have a large wifi network where customers can connect to and get a login screen where they have to enter their information (standard hotspot scenario).

We also have an adsl network which all works on dhcp. The customer receives an adsl wireless modem configured as a router. We have multiple model modems.


Windows OS connects to both networks fine without a problem. Linux OS connects to both networks without a problem as well.


The newer Mac OS 10.7 connects to both networks fine as well however 10.5 as well as 10.6 is having issues connecting to both networks. Whenever connecting to either network with a mac running 10.5 or 10.6 (have not tried previous versions) any mac running this version freezes (colorful ball keeps turning). The only way to get out of this is to hold the power button and shut down. If I turn off the airport so that the mac does not connect to any internet connection it is fine. It freezes on both ethernet and airport connection. Again this does not happen to a specific computer but yet to multiple clients. More and more arising each day. At the moment I have 5 different clients with the same problem.

The one thing I have noticed from troubleshooting is that on our older version modem this does not happen. I am not sure what the difference is in the config of the old and new model modem though as they are both configured the same, only difference being that the wireless security is wpa2 instead of wep however this should not matter as the freezing still happens when using the ethernet connection. I stil have some more testing to do with the modem but this still does not explain why the same is happening on the wifi network. Wifi network is open and authentication is done by a radius server. IP is all dhcp.

Each network wifi and adsl is also on a seperate vlan. Only thing they have in common are the dns servers.


Hope someone can help out with this one. Thanks and let me know if there is additional info required. I will continue to troubleshoot and note my results. Thanks again for any help.

  • AnnaMQ Calculating status...

    I'd like to thank you for this (disabling ipv6) - worked perfectly (Macbook 3,1, OSX 10.5). Was seriously confused as to what it could be.


    Conflict is with a DLink router, and freezing occurred on both Airport and ethernet.

  • yorkwa Calculating status...

    Thanks for confirming this issue. I recently was learning IPv6 and practicing to setup IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling. I happen to find my mac freeze sometime when I plugged in the cable. Finally I narrowed it down to my new setup of IPv6. I got IPv6 working but still it is annoying it might locks up my mac. I am running 10.6.

  • Vadyuha Calculating status...

    Thank you from Russia! You saved plenty of my time.  I changed my wireless modem to a new model and experienced this problem. Rebooted my iMac dozens of times. Thanks for posting the fix!!!

  • MaureeninChina Calculating status...

    Brilliant! I spent the last week going crazy trying to fix the spinning beach ball but couldn't understand why it only happened when I was at home. I was drinking too much coffee in Starbucks just so I could get online without my computer freezing and the Local Apple shop must have thought I was stupid to keep taking my 'frozen' computer to them only to have it restart in the shop with no problem. Thank goodness I don't need to buy a new computer ...... yet!

  • tkayvegas Calculating status...

    Thank you! You saved the day! We had a project that needed to be uploaded before a deadline. We had this exact problem and couldn't find the answer. Good on ya mate!


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