Netscape Browser connection

Am able to connect to ISP using kppp but when enabling browser & try to connect to a Netscape I get Network error: " unable to locate the server" and also that " following hosts are unknown,," it then talks about $SOCKS_NS etc"????
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Either netscape is down, or more likely the name server you're using is down.  Try this:

1.  open /etc/resolv.conf in an editor.

2.  just before the FIRST line that starts with "nameserver" enter "nameserver"

3. save file

4. goto browser and try again

Even if this works, you need to go back eventually and move the line you added to the bottom of the list.  It is a root server and generally should only be used as a last resort.

Hope it helps,

I should clarify step 2.  You will insert a new line to be the first of the nameserver lines (i.e. leave any other nameserver lines intact).  The file will look something like this:


Your ISP should have these settings for you (tell them you're using Windows 98):

1. Dynamic or Static IP
2. Subnet Mask
3. DNS entries:
DNS server search order (will be IP addresses or hostnames), Domain, and Domain Suffix search order.

Once you have these settings (assuming you have a dynamically assigned IP Address and subnet mask for this), you will have to edit your /etc/resolv.conf file in Kedit, in a similar fashion to what RobWMartin said above.

<tab> will represent pressing the tab key.
DOMAIN is whatever your ISP gave you for your Domain (see above).
SEARCH is whatever your ISP gave you for DNS server search order (see above). You may have multiple lines for this, if your ISP gave you more than one.
DOMAIN-SUFFIX is your Domain Suffix Search order (see above).  You may have multiple lines for this, if your ISP gave you more than one.
DNS-ENTRY1 and DNS-ENTRY2 are your DNS server search orders(see above).  You will probably have multiple lines for this.

1. Clear EVERYTHING out of the file.
2. Line 1: "domain<tab>DOMAIN"
3. Line 2: "search<tab>DOMAIN-SUFFIX (repeat Line 2 for each Domain Suffix Search order you got from your ISP, i.e. search
     search     (valid IP Address)
     search     (valid IP Address)
4. Line 3(possibly 4 or 5):
(repeat Line 3 for each DNS entry your ISP gave you,
i.e. nameserver
     nameserver  (valid IP Address)
     nameserver  (valid IP Address)

So, to conclude, your /etc/resolv.conf should resemble this (plus or minus some entries):
nameserver 111.222.333.444(example only)
nameserver 111.222.333.445

You don't need to reboot.

Hope this helps. Any questions, please e-mail me at:
(remove "bogus." from the address, it's to block SPAM)


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johnpettAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply.
I managed to fix the problem later on last night as I was able to ascertain from my ISP the DNS entries that needed to be entered into Kppp  (by the way I'm using Linux-Mandrake 6.5 Macmillian software). Normally under Win'98 I have dynamically assigned entries which didn't work. Now it does. So many thanks for your response which included reference to the above, unfortunately I'm a Win'98 user not a programmer so the rest of your response regarding making line entries etc is double dutch :) but my evaluation of various versions of Linux has been hampered with not having contact with anyone to guide one through various areas of difficulty as the documentation is almost useless!!. This version is my 4th package and the first that I've managed to get this far. However its all good fun but whether I'll become a convert we'll have to see:)!!
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