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I have just switched over to Redhat 7.2 and cannot connect to any sites on the net. I appear to be connected but when I try to surf I get an error message that says 'can't find or locate redhat or whatever site I am trying to get to.
Can you ping any sites by their IP? Try pinging 188.8.131.52. If you get a response, you've probably got DNS issues. Recheck the entries for your pri. and sec. DNS servers in your /etc/resolv.conf file (for that matter, make sure you can ping them as well).
I have no luck at all. I either get an error message saying the browsers (netscape, Mozilla, Konquerer cannot be found or that the host can't be located. I have checked the DNS numbers and they are the same as I used without problem on Mandrake 8.1.
Transfix mentioned the firewall settings.
Dump yourself at a terminal and (as root) enter
Scroll down until you see ipchains and iptables, uncheck them so they are not started next boot.
Re-boot, then try the net.
You can re-enable them after, but it proves a point.
will stop iptables on the fly if you dont want to re-boot.
Or ipchains, if thats the one running.
Thanks for the info, unfortunately my RH has crashed and I cannot boot back in as of yet. I submitted a new post regarding the 'crash' . As soon as I can get back in I will give your info a try...Thanks for the help.
After 5 days and no help from Redhat Support, I had to completely remove Linux from my system and reinstall it. I still cannot connect to the net though. I followed the procedure as suggested by Wassa but that to did not work. I still get the same message: unabe to locate or find host.realnames.com
Is Redhat really this bad? I think I should take it back to the store and plead for my money back. Windows was never this bad.
You will feel great when you get it going.
Can I ask what your using to dial up with?
Also, did you check the dns settings already mentioned?
I know it's frustrating when you keep getting asked the same old questions over and over again, with no results, but there must be an answer, and someone in here will know what it is.
All I do in RH 7.2 is set the dns addresses to a public dns server, because the ISP I use dynamically assignes the dns through their proxy, which is hard to get going in linux I believe.
In case you want to try them:
Based in the UK if I remember correctly.
I also always use "wvdial" from the command line, as I find it very easy to set up, and reliable.
Windows does most of the hard work for you (what do you learn from it?), Linux gives you the control and options you dont get in Windows.
Try DMR's ping suggestion, at a terminal type in:
ping -c 4 184.108.40.206 see what you get.
Thanks for the support. I am using DSL. I am using the same DNS numbers that I got from Earthlink. These numbers worked without problem in Mandrake. The weird thing is that when I highlight the connection icon in Gnome it says I am connected to the internet but the same message appears when I try to surf:host not found:Redhat or whichever site I am trying to connect to.
im in the same boat as jd i also just got rh 7.2 and i cant connecet either (im on dial up) i fallowed the instrucions and when i hit connect it connects (or seems to) but i tried using netscape and it give me an error saying that i cant use and websites for an unknown reason...
Thanks for the help but I have run out of patience with Redhat and the support from Redhat. I have swapped it for Mandrake 8.1. I know it has its own problems but at least I connect without problem. Again, thanks for the help.