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Wannabe Geek

# 142432 12-Mar-2014 16:51
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Hey all :-) So, obviously, I'm getting the DNS server error. 

Hardware information:
laptop - lenovo y410p
running windows 8
rounter - dlink
modem - motorola
isp - comcast
I don't think any of the hardware info is particularly relevant but I thought I'd list it just in case.

I'm currently connected to my neighbors wifi.

Troubleshooting attempts:
1 - unplugged the modem and router & restarted computer
2 - ipconfig /renew
3 - ipconfig /flushdns
4 - tried to connect with my phone but my phone has been having wifi issues at the house for a few weeks now so that wasn't really a hopeful attempt

Really talk to me like I have Average Jane's computer knowledge :)

Thanks in advance!

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BDFL - Memuneh
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Uber Geek

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  # 1004589 12-Mar-2014 21:59
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Are you connected to this router via WiFi?

Have you tried a different laptop connected to your router to see if it shows the same problem?

Any antivirus/firewall installed recently on your laptop?

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Wannabe Geek

  # 1004657 13-Mar-2014 06:06
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more info:
#3 is continuously flashing
#6 is infrequently flashing (ie sometimes it flashes as much as #3 then stops for a bit)


Yes via wifi
No Firewall
I only have the one computer, which is why I said I tried my phone...


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  # 1004695 13-Mar-2014 09:23
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I used to get similar problems with a cheap ADSL modem that I had some time ago - ISP supplied. The modem basically would give out it's address as DNS server but fail to forward.

My work around was to set DNS manually to Google DNS or OpenDNS.

You can do this in your network adapter settings and still get DHCP service.

Google is and

OpenDNS is and

You should probably try this anyway to eliminate the modem / dhcp service as a fault.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 1005319 14-Mar-2014 05:59
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Didn't work but my neighbor's Comcast is out too so we think there's a line down and are contacting Comcast. Mischief Managed. :-)  Thanks for the suggestions!

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