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hey there, im a newbie to linux and i was hoping someone could lend me a hand
i have xp pro running on my main pc and i have just installed fedora core 6 on another pc in the house. the 2 pc's are networked and can ping each other fine (on the same subnet). i want to share the adsl connection that is always running on my xp pro pc so that when ever someone turns on the linux machine they can access the web just like i do. ive done it a million times with wifi etc on xp tp xp machines but im not sure what to do with linux...
You *do* use DNS. Every internet computer does, as DNS is needed to convert named addresses such as linuxquestions.org into IP addresses.
Try opening a terminal and entering the following commands:
ping -c1 www.google.com
ping -c1 126.96.36.199
Post the output of these commands. The first command sends a single ping request to Google, using its domain name. The second command does the same, but uses the IP address. If the problem you're having is DNS related, the first command will fail, but the second one will work. If there's a different problem, then maybe the output from the commands will help us work out what it is.
the ping to the ip worked from both the xp pc and the linux pc.
the ping to www.google.com failed on BOTH. the internet clearly works on the xp pc (which has the direct connection). Any ideas why the linux pc still doesnt want to find web pages?
You need to enable internet sharing on the XP pro machine. Also check if the FC machine has the nameserver addresses. (cat /etc/resolv.conf) Without those, you can't resolve domain names to IP addresses. It sounds like that is what the problem is.