Re: Internet Access problems in Fedora Core 4

aldin wrote:


I m new to the linux/unix world. I m facing a problem while i try to
access internet on Fedora Core 4.

I m using an ethernet LAN card to access the internet. I behind a
proxy. I m using 3com Etherlink XL 10/100 card. As i enter a url ( any
url) in firefox web browser in kde, i get an error message to the
effect of " cannot find the address, please check the address." I saw
the same problem being reffered to on another forum, somebody suggested
that the system in this case is not able to see the internet. I did not
understand what they suggested there, perhaps that suffices to say that
i m new to this unix/linux world.

You should test several things, your system gets addresses from
your ISP via DNS. It could be that your linux machine isn't
configured to know where the DSN server is.

option 1. Test that you are at least connected to the internet:
even if you don't have DNS, you can try to connect outwards
by trying a URL in your browser that's already in numeric format.
All DNS really does is convert human readable text URLs and
host names to x.x.x.x IP numbers. in numeric form is

if you reach google ok with that,then you're connected and
your proxy is working and most likely DNS is misconfigured.

Also, does your email program work? If it does, then
your DNS is probably ok.

option 2. Your DNS on linux isn't configured. The first giveaway
is if you don't see a "nameserver" line in your /etc/resolv.conf file,
my file looks like this:


Your file should look similar, the verizon entries are
because my ISP is verizon, the domain line tells linux
to append if I
My proxy/firewall on my LAN is at address, if
this address isn't set or is wrong, your DNS won't work.
Assuming your proxy also acts as a DNS caching server
out to your ISP, put the address to your proxy there in
/etc/resolv.conf after nameserver. You'll have to
edit that file as root but you don't have to reboot or
start anything.

option 3.
If #1 which tried to get to via the raw IP didn't
work, it's possible you have your proxy setup to only work
on a particular port (like I use 800) but doesn't let normal
port 80 (the normal one for http) pass. Then if your browser
proxy configuration is set to 'direct connection' you won't
get anything.

option 4. you said your card is activated but are you sure?
Did you get some other program to work via network besides
the browser to prove that. At least use "ifconfig eth0"
in a command window to see what the ethernet card is
setup for, you should see something like:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:55:1D:47:C5:19
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:161149 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:114573 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:203890924 (194.4 MiB) TX bytes:10432709 (9.9 MiB)

I did manage to activate my LAN card. How ever the browser doest open
any page to view. The same LAN card works fine on XP as i have a dual
boot system. Is it something to do with the connection settings,
loopback interface, browser settings, the proxy that my isp is using to
allow security or is it something more complicated.

Please suggest a solution, im struggling to resolve the issue. Its not
a good feeling at all.