EDIT: Fixed. Turns out the only problem was that it wasn't resolving IPs. I just had to specify the DNS servers for the ethernet card, and straight-away it worked. I figured this out after pinging random websites, finding the IPs and then typing the IPs in Firefox. Firefox would immediately go to that website, which showed that the only problem was with resolving IPs. I looked at my router's DNS specs, put them in system-config-network and it was all OK.
Also, I had to change the router's firewall such that it allows DNS and DHCP from external networks. I also made it allow FTP and telnet for my convenience.
I've searched the forums and haven't found anything that's as unique as mine. Most people's connections seem to not work at all.
I got into *NIX not too long ago because a requirement of my university course is to learn the operating system. While It's interesting and nice to fiddle around with, I've encountered a problem right off the bat.
I can't access any websites via Firefox, or receive POP3 emails via "Evolution."
The strange thing is that at one time Firefox would load pages about halfway, and then seem to stop trying (still working, but no further data seems to be transferred). Google wouldn't work and, ironically enough, the fedoraproject website worked
POP3 mail isn't working at all. I've tried to Send/Receive about 10 times and it's timed out all 10 times. SMTP isn't working either (tried to send e-mail, timing out).
Another strange phenomenon is that I tried to ping some sites via Terminal (bash) and it worked. Pinging Google (which obviously then got resolved to an IP) worked, so I don't think it's a DNS problem.
Another thing that I noticed was that I can connect to my router (10.1.1.1), but otherwise the connection to outside websites would either slow to a crawl or not work at all.
I'm thinking that it's my router. I find it interesting that some protocols are working and some aren't. Any help would be appreciated.
Router: D-Link DSL-504T 4-port router (wired, RJ-45 cable)
Linux distribution: Fedora 8 - i386
Processor: Intel Pentium III - 800Mhz
RAM: 512MB SDRAM
Modem: Conexant Something-or-other (if this is the problem do tell, so