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Can't browse web with Mandrake 9

Hi, I'm very new to linux and have installed mdk9 and setup my Conexant winmodem on /dev/modem.

I can query the modem OK and it seems to dial up to the ISP OK.

The problem is that when I try to surf or even ping a URL I get no resonse as it just times out saying it can't find any site.

Security is set to standard, and it is the same if I'm root or not.

I didn't put in any dns servers (optional) for my ISP because I don't know their IP's.

I'm all out of ideas, any help would be very appreciated.
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Well,I'm almost sure it's DNS related.

Try to ping google with it's IP number ( If it goes, then you need to get a valid DNS server from your ISP, or you need to tell your dial-up to get one automatically from the ISP on connect.
stigmata53Author Commented:
I cant ping any external IP's.

I thought that it was getting servers automatically because I've selected that option (I think) and when I look at resolv.conf whilst the connection is alive it has  temporary DNS entries of external IP's that I never gave it.

When setting up the account it required a Hostname, I put in my ISP's domain name, is this correct?
stigmata53Author Commented:
I finally got it working :)

I found a tutorial on www.mandrakeuser.org that had my problem in it's troubleshooting section:


Being offline, run /sbin/route -n as root. There shouldn't be any entry starting with ''. Such an entry means that there already is a default route on your system. In this case, run /sbin/route del default. Try to find out what sets this default route.
 The 'Linuxconf' version distributed with LM 7 seems to insist on setting a default route, if you configure a local network and a dial-up connection with it. Check the file '/etc/sysconfig/network' and remove any lines which start with GATEWAY or GATEWAYDEV.

Check the entries in /etc/resolv.conf for correctness.


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