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Old 09-24-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy help firefox cannot find server

john edward
It appears that I have upset linux users by not putting the correct terminolgy for my query, I can explain. As an old person i know nothing about computors, i guess this is where the trouble lies. I use a wireless hub and can connect via windows XP to the net. I have ubuntu 11.04 on a seperate hard drive, when i load Ubuntu it makes a connection to the hub but then when i try to connect to the web using firefox, it keeps telling me it cannot find server. If anyone can give a few suggestions it would be appreciated.Softly does it everyone it takes a little to sink in, i dont understang the terms you use ( ping etc )

with thanks john.

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Old 09-24-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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Urgent-- in thread topic is a very bad idea. You should describe your problem instead of "help", "urgent" etc.

Define your environment first. i.e. how you are connected on network? through a proxy server, directly using a dsl connection,

ifconfig -a
put the output of the above command here, check it through a terminal.
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

First of all, use descriptive titles in your posts and don't use urgent. It's only urgent to you and not to us who are all volunteers here at LQ, helping out in our free time. Did you confirm that you have a working internet connection? Can you open a terminal and ping for example (Google's DNS). How do you connect to internet? Dialup, ADSL, cable? And do you use a wired or wireless connection?

Looking forward to your participation in the forums. Have fun with Linux.

Kind regards,

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Old 09-24-2011, 11:15 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by john edward View Post
ideas please
I have many answers but I don't know the question.
What does ifconfig say?
can you ping
Are you wireless or wire connected?
Urgent as a subject is not a winner. Let people know it's a networking problem.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
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This link gives a good step-by-step for troubleshooting networking commands under Ubuntu:

You might also run the command lspci in a terminal and report back what kind of wireless chipset you have.
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