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    Google is the only site I can connect to

    Hi
    I just bought a laptop with vista home on it. I turned it on and mostly everything worked right away. Except the internet. I have a wireless network, so I logged into that and it says its working fine. I can turn on internet explorer and the default home page (google) turns on fine. I can search on google, I can go to google images, and I can do anything else google-related. But when I try to go to any other site, it first takes about five minutes to load then says "page cannot be displayed." I searched all over the internet for a solution but I can't find anything. At this point I think I can rule out a hardware issue because this computer is completely new, and I can also rule out the network not working properly because I can actually connect to the internet and do searches, I'm just limited to google.


    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Thanks

    Edit: Okay, I tried to transfer a file from my other computer through the network (which the computer says is working fine) and it sees my other computer, I can double click the computer's icon and open up a page that shows me folders like "my documents". However, when I try to select one of the folders it takes a long time to load, then gives me an error message.

    This doesn't make any sense to me. It seems like the entire network is not working except for allowing me to use the internet and then only to go onto google.

    Anybody have any ideas?

    Last edited by executor; 03 Aug 2008 at 01:43 PM.
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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    I know this was an old thread, but I am having the same problem this user was having: I can load only sites run by Google. Through many searches, I've found other people who described this same problem dating back three years ago, but though it's an old issue, I can't find any fixes for it. Either the user's post goes unanswered (as the previous one seems to be) or people offer all kinds of things to check and try to no avail.

    I have three computers. My newer laptop is running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. My desktop also has VHP32, but is not experiencing this problem. I'm on my old laptop now (XP), which also has no problem. I used my newer laptop last night and everything was fine. The sites I visited were the ones I'm often on. I shut down and went to bed. This morning I discovered I could fully access only Google sites -- I found two other sites (nothing to do with Google) that would load halfway (missing most graphics, functions). All three computers use the same router, a Comcast-issued Netgear.

    Anyone know what's going on? I hadn't messed with any settings or anything like that.

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    check your DNS settings and make sure that they are set to automatic . try to flush the DNS cache by typing ipconfig /flushdns in the command prompt and reboot your computer. Try to goto internet properties and make sure that you are not using any proxy settings. You can try downloading Firefox as a last resort.

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    I tried flushing dns. Nothing. Everyone else who tried that said it didn't work, either.

    People with Firefox have experienced this same thing, so even if I could get to mozilla.com to download it, which I can't , I doubt it would help. This problem is happening with both my browsers: Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

    It's happened to so many people of different circumstances: they have different operating systems, use mac and windows, use various browsers, have different kinds of routers, live in different countries, and on and on. And it seems everyone's tried everything they can think of. They say that they touched nothing - one minute everything's fine, the next, this. It seems no one is immune and everyone is susceptible. I've been through so many help forums (but this is only one I've posted to), and no one has been able to say that they recognize this problem and know how to fix it.

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    to make sure it is indeed a DNS issue, try typing the following address into your browser:

    EDIT --- WHOOPS. TRY CLICKING ON EACH LINK BELOW

    1. http:// www.google.com
    2. Google
    3. Adobe
    4. Adobe - Error page
    did you get a web page for all numbers? If not, which ones (by number) showed anything?

    Finally, open a command prompt

    START-->ALL PROGRAMS-->ACCESSORIES-->COMMAND PROMPT

    and type:

    1. ping msn.com
    2. ping 207.68.172.246

    Did you get the same response from both? If not, which one worked?

    Good luck!

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    Of the four links, the 2 Google ones work fine. The two Adobe ones simply never loaded.

    The ping results were the same. Four lines of "Request timed out." Four packets sent, none received. (100% loss)

    I found one person in my many searches of this weird problem who said they updated their router's firmware and this fixed the problem. (but others have said this didn't work for them) Is this something that's easy to do? Like simply downloading and installing an update? Or do you think I should get a Comcast tech to come take a look since it's their router? (IF that's even the problem)

    edit: I just read that I cannot update my router's firmware, if that's one of the things I end up having to try. It has to be done by Comcast.

    Last edited by Ebonwing; 16 Mar 2009 at 01:20 PM. Reason: answered one of my own questions
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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    Hi,

    Open ur command prompt by typing cmd in run.

    In the command prompt type the following

    ping 4.2.2.1
    ping 4.2.2.2
    ping 4.2.2.3

    if these ip adresses are pinging the problem is not with ur dns settings.

    Let me know the result

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    its a virus try firefox

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    I had the same problem. It's your drivers. Install windows xp drivers and your computer will be FINE.

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    Re: Google is the only site I can connect to

    Quote Originally Posted by delphin View Post
    Hi,

    Open ur command prompt by typing cmd in run.

    In the command prompt type the following

    ping 4.2.2.1
    ping 4.2.2.2
    ping 4.2.2.3

    if these ip adresses are pinging the problem is not with ur dns settings.

    Let me know the result
    Worked fine. They took between 30-33ms round trip with 0% loss.

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