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ive just installed arch linux, im usually a slack user but wanted to try something else.
Its all working fine, apart from my internet connection.
I can ping websites from the terminal, and have used pacman to update my system.
But when i load firefox and try to say access google, it doesnt seem to work.
Although it works if i use the ip ive got from pinging it.
So im guessing its something to do with DNS?
I dont understand how i can ping google.com and get an ip (this means dns is working right?),
but when i try to load it in firefox it doesnt work, unless i use the ip.
I also had this problem when i was trying out kubuntu.
Just because you can ping an ip address doesn't mean that dns is working. DNS = Domain Name Server: it's what gives a name to an ip. This is something usually done via your isp. Firefox just looks up the dns server to obtain an ip for the domain. If kubuntu doesn't work either then I believe it must something wrong with your connection to your isp and not an internal config error; especially if you can access the websites using an ip address.
Does slackware work OK? Are you able to determine if windows works?
To be sure, post the contents your /etc/rc.conf and /etc/hosts files here.