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DNS problem

DNS problem

DNS problem

I have a Windows 95 machine which cannot connect to any domain names at all.

I can ping yahoo's IP, however when I try to ping the domain name e.g ping www.yahoo.com the request time's out.

The machine can see the default gateway and every machine on our network, but soon as it tries to go to the internet it fails

Any ideas on what is happening?

We are running Win2K server, I have restarted DNS but this has done nothing to solve the problem and this problem is only particular to that machine

RE: DNS problem


If you can ping the IP, but not the name...the issue is name resolution.

Can you give us a little more information about your network configuration...

Do you have Wins running on your network?

Just a thought,


RE: DNS problem

Yep that is exactly what I thought.

At present there is no DNS, WINS or DHCP set up. DNS is provided by the ISP we use.

Each machine is hard coded with IP, Subnet Mask and default gateway.

I have only recently taken over the job and am looking to make wholesale changes but as yet this doesn't help me with this problem!

RE: DNS problem


This issue depends on how your 98 machines are setup to access the Internet.

Since you are not using name resolution on your Internal network (and forwarders to your ISP), your machines will need to have the IP address of your ISP's DNS server.

My 98 is a little rusty, but I believe you can statically configure the DNS address of your ISP servers in the TCP/IP properties of your NIC.


RE: DNS problem

No none of the machines are set up in this way, in the NIC settings they have a static ip, subnet mask and the default gateway address and that is it.

In IE it is set to automatically detect settings.

All the other 10 machines are set up in this way, and they all connect to the Internet fine - the problem is isolated to this one machine.

The settings themselves appear to be correct when compared to another machine.

RE: DNS problem


Run a tracert to an address on the Internet and see where your packet loss occurs...for example,

Tracert yahoo.com


RE: DNS problem

If the other machines are browsing the internet okay without having DNS settings in the TCP/IP properties then I would think that they would be using a proxy server which takes care of the domain resolution. Maybe your 'trouble' PC isn't using the proxy?

If you don't have DNS servers set up in your TCP/IP settings then you won't be able to resolve off the command line.


Chris Andrew, CCNA, CCSA

RE: DNS problem

In one of your "succesful" 98 PC run winipcfg and use its DNS server's address as DNS server's address on your trouble machine


RE: DNS problem

Are you having this problem still? Try this but of course back up your reg and only rename the files. In the MS KB find Q241244.

RE: DNS problem

Patty had the solution.  You need to set the dns on the workstations to point to the ISP's DNS.

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