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Old 03-27-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
lookinrdg
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Unhappy looking for some help please - page wont load errors


Good day everyone, this is my first post and only the second day ever using Linux. I loaded the software onto my laptop a dell xps 1530, cause 1) my hard drive crashed 2) I am sick of using ms. I was able to connect to the internet only 1 time when I first loaded the software and since I had rebooted the machine I wasnt able to connect anymore. Im using the default programs that came with puppy431 and browser, I double checked my ip settings and dns settings and able to ping from the desktop to the laptop via wireless but everytime I click the browse icon and then enter an address I keep getting the same page load error saying address not found. I went down the list provided to check and it appears ok but nothing happens. I figured I would look through the forums for help but being new to this it all looks like jiberish to me i dont understand what people are talking about and Im not a programmer all I want to be able to do on this machine is browse the net till I can get a better understanding of the os. Any help would be appreciated. I thought i would try a different browser but I dont understand the commands yet to get anything to work. (ie. an .exe file - have no clue how to run one on this os)
 
Old 03-27-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

First, don't bother looking for .exe files in Linux. That's a Micro$oft executable file. In Linux, if the file has executable commands, the file must have the executable bit set. (Open a console window - the command line - and run the command ls -l. You will see files with three sets of letters - rwx which stand for read - write - execute permissions. For a file to be executable the x bit must be set.)

Second, pinging your desktop to laptop doesn't prove much. You are essentially on a LAN (local area network). Try pinging outside, such as LinuxQuestions. Open a terminal (the icon at the bottom of the screen that looks like a monitor) and run this command: ping www.linuxquestions.org. If you get returns showing times for the signal to travel, you are connected to the internet through your ISP. If you don't see such times, you aren't connected.

To stop the ping, press ctrl c.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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I get Ping: bad address 'www.linuxquestions.org'

So I take it Im not connected, so then the next question how do I get re-connected? I deleted everything and started all over again following the directions provided and still the same thing happens again.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 07:30 PM   #4
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Hi there,

Looks like a DNS issue to me. I imagine you have some sort of ADSL router? Or are you internet sharing through you desktop pc?

can you please do the following commands and paste the output:

$sudo cat /etc/resolv.conf

$nslookup www.google.com.au

the resolv.conf should have the address of your dsl router, or if your internet sharing through your desktop, the ip address of the desktop.

Cheers,

Joshwaaa
 
Old 03-27-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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I opened the console and typed the commands as you asked and I get
bash: cat/etc/resolv.conf No such file or Directory
 
Old 03-28-2010, 03:44 AM   #6
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Hi lookinrdg

I realise this won't help with the issues you are currently having, and I am not going to say that Puppy is in anyway an inferior
Linux (quite like it for certain tasks), but I just thought I would suggest that something like Ubuntu or Fedora may be a little more user
friendly and intuitive to you as you are coming straight from Windows without previous experience.

Just a thought
 
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:19 AM   #7
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First of all, there needs to be a space between cat and the rest of the command. What this does is similar to the DOS "type" command, ie echo the file contents to the screen.

You should have a file called interfaces, possibly /etc/networl/interfaces but this can vary with distros.

There should be a stanza which looks like
Quote:
iface eth0 inet dhcp
dns auto
if you are using dhcp.

If you are using static addresses then it will look like

Quote:
iface eth1 inet static
address 192.168.2.13
netmask 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.2.1
Check your other machine to see whether you are using static or dynamic addressing. They have to match.
 
Old 03-28-2010, 08:32 AM   #8
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I want to thank everyone for their assistance with my problem, let me tell you what happened.. I was so frustrated that it appeared I wasnt going to get very far with this problem since I have been working on it for almost 48 hrs straight, last night I turned off the laptop and said the heck with this. Oh by the way I was following everyones instructions to the letter. I turned on the wii to check if there was any further responses or things I could try when I wrote down once again the suggestions being offered. I went back to my bedroom where I had the laptop setup with external drives turned on the machine and figured i would try this one more time. I just went thru the basic steps once again for a connection in puppy linux and it just started working again. In fact Im replying from the laptop. Turns out the modem must of been overheating and nothing was working right on it. The machine was on straight for almost 2.5 days before the problems started. Now this is one for the books.. Thanks again to everyone for your assistance you really are a great bunch of guys..
 
Old 03-28-2010, 10:20 AM   #9
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Glad your issue was resolved. Please remember to mark the question as SOLVED
 
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