Can ping, but DNS won't resolve

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Jeff Franks, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. Jeff Franks

    Jeff Franks Guest


    I have a Windows ME pc (yuk) that refuses to resolve DNS. I can ping any
    site I want on the internet by IP address, including the DNS servers. I
    have tried using different DNS servers (known good ones). A machine sitting
    beside this one on the same network works fine.

    I have removed TCP/IP, the network card and WSOCK32.DLL. I reinstalled ME
    after I removed these and then added everything back. WSOCK32.DLL is 36k
    (the reported correct size)

    I have scanned for Viruses with 2 different scanners and I have ran SPYBot
    multiple times to remove all adware/spyware.


    Oh yeah, one more thing. When I try to browse through IE, I can type in (or any url or even an IP address). When I hit enter (or
    click GO), the address in the address bar changes from to
    http:///? I don't know if that relates to anything or not,
    but thought I'd add it.

    I created a hosts file and put a valid webserver address in it. I can now
    ping the domain name in the hosts file, but if I try to go to it in IE, I
    get the http:///? thing in front and a Can't Find Server message.

    Thanks for any help.

    Jeff Franks, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. Jeff Franks

    Harry Avant Guest

    Have you tried to release the DNS? From Start type run, then ipcong
    ?. You can also run this from a DOS (CMD) window. This should give
    you the various settings including the one that will release your DNS
    and flush the DNS buffer. I don't have ME but had a similar problem a
    while back on Win98.
    Harry Avant, Jan 23, 2004
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  3. Carey Holzman, Jan 23, 2004
  4. Jeff Franks

    Guest Guest

    I'be got a similar problem. My DSL provider suggested
    that I have a corrupt Winsock ... I haven't gotten to the
    extremems that you have ... reformating the hard drive is
    waht I want to avoid. When I try to go on IE I get the
    messate: rec://c:WINDOWs\SYSTEM\<file I can't
    remember>\dnserror.htm This just isn't making any sense.
    It started right after the new year (first day I turned on
    my PC) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Boni L Meredith
    Guest, Jan 24, 2004
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