I am trying to change from using opendns to the DNS of my provider since opendns seems to be extremely slow these days. My router is the DHCP server. Windows was a snap (and how I'm posting this message) since it's set to DHCP but Debian has become a nightmare. To the best of my knowledge it's set to DHCP on the wireless interface but for some reason the web is next to impossible to surf and I continually see "connecting to guidetest.opendns.com. WTF,ahaving this problem. I checked wireless in the Gnome gui and it's set to DHCP (I think but it's hard to say for sure since it's confusing).
I changed the DNS in /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base. Do I need this for a laptop? I'm not sure why this was installed or what it does but I did have problems getting networking to work via wireless so typical of a Debian newbie I googled and threw every solution I found at this thing until it worked. My gut told me a lot of it was old or for creating a DHCP server but since most of it was undated or not specific what it was for I went with it.
I can do nslookup www.google.com
and it works fine, I see my providers DNS servers and I get a instant response. The problem is only with the webbrowser and when I do aptitude update. aptitude update is so slow it's basically not usable and I keep seeing this looking up guidetest.openndns.com which should be all gone.
How do I purge these old addresses and why is there so many different ways to add a DNS server and why doesn't DHCP override them all? This is frustrating...
Is there a simple guide to setting up simple ip4 networking on a laptop (no server action) that I can purge most of this stuff and start from scratch.