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Old 01-04-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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Linux newbie can't connect to the internet


Hi everyone!

I looked through some posts regarding ADSL connection issues which wouldn't work for me. I post this message to this forum (not the networking forum) 'cause I think the answer will be a "newbie answer". Here it goes...

I have an ADSL internet connection through ethernet (which works fine under Win XP). When I try to connect to the internet on Ubuntu (Hoary or 5.10) and FC4, it seems I'm connected but when I enter the address on a navigator window, it times out after a while without any sign of the website. I can say that my ethernet connection(s) are working because I'm able to speak to the modem and configure it. There is also an interesting fact that I should point out. I can "ping" any website that pops into my mind, but whenever I try to browse it, all is white... I use static IP and stuff in Win XP. I tried that way, and then DHCP, neither worked... And here's another fact, I can surf the internet on Red Hat 9 without problems! (I don't have all these installed, I just happen to have time to install and try each of them these days.)

I think I've said all I can. I'm sorry if this post should have been in the networking forum...

I'm stuck, please help...
Thanks
 
Old 01-04-2006, 05:03 PM   #2
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Can you ping sites using either the IP or the domain name? If so, your connection is good--including your DNS.

Does e-mail work?

Assuming you can ping a site, then it sounds like a browser issue or site that is down. What exactly happens when you try to connect? eg, in the bottom bar of the browser, it typically says "looking up xxx", waiting for xxx", etc.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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I am under the understanding that linux from past experience does not use DHCP from a router. Connects via Mac addresses. Chreck to see if your network expects the wrong mac address.
also ifconfig
to see if your IP is correct
try pinging your router
clearing cache
 
Old 01-05-2006, 04:01 AM   #4
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Hello,

run
#route add default gw IP
where IP is the DNS server's IP address given to you by your ISP.

and let me know whether it works.

regards
 
Old 01-05-2006, 09:08 AM   #5
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Now I'm going to try what you've all said. But before let me give some answers to you.

I can ping via both IP address and domain name. I don't remember exactly where the status message freezes but it should be "waiting for ..." I didn't try POP but when I inserted an audio disc for the very first time, the track names appeared...

Digital surgeon, what you refer to as "router" is the ADSL modem connected to my computer via ethernet, right? if that's so, I can ping it, and also connect and configure it via the browser. How do I check if the network expects the wrong MAC address and how do I know the correct one?

I will try ruudra's suggestion too...

Thanks a lot
 
Old 01-05-2006, 09:35 AM   #6
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I am under the understanding that linux from past experience does not use DHCP from a router.
clearing cache
I belived this is not correct... Whenever, I do a linux install, I am prompted for DHCP or static IP. My router is set for DHCP.

Networking fundamentally is based on TCP/IP, not MAC addresses
 
Old 01-05-2006, 09:39 AM   #7
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Now I'm going to try what you've all said. But before let me give some answers to you.

I can ping via both IP address and domain name. I don't remember exactly where the status message freezes but it should be "waiting for ..." I didn't try POP but when I inserted an audio disc for the very first time, the track names appeared...

Thanks a lot
If you can ping with both IPs and domain names, then you do not have any low-level connection issues. You could have network congestion issues, the site you are connecting to could be down or overloaded, or you may have a browser issue.

Try Google--my experience is that they generally always load quickly--even in rush hour.

And try e-mail....

Audio disk not relevant to internet connection issue.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 10:04 AM   #8
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found out something...

Hi guys,

I'm writing this post on my FC4. How? Switched to KDE and gave Konqueror a try. Wrote the internet address into the address bar as I would do in any explorer window in Win XP, it complains about cookies all the time but it's alright. So the sure thing is, I have a configuration issue with the version of Mozilla that is readily installed on my FC4. Am I right? I'm going to play with Mozilla's settings, hoping that I don't mess up any security safeguards...

Any suggestions will of course be appreciated

Thank you all , again
 
Old 01-05-2006, 10:24 AM   #9
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...but it seems I can't find that setting...
 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:34 PM   #10
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the ytse cem,
Ok, if your just behind a dsl modem, you can ping it as far as I know. For example my network. I have a dsl modem/router combo. So the router always has Ip 192.168.netid.compid. So in x win, From memory, its somewhere in what would be your start button, under System Settings-->network settings.

Somewhere in there you will see MAC Adress, it will look like A4:H6:B6:6F. Just tell it so refresh your MAC adress.

It kinda confused me as to why my computer expected the wrong MAC adress. I believe the reason is my NIC didnt detect correctly and it grabbed the MAC from the other computer on my network.

I can check the specifics for you once I get onto my linux box.
 
  


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