tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
9/4/18 8:33 p.m.

Running Linux Elementary on an older Dell laptop for my kids school stuff. It's been weird lately, and honestly I don't know if it started weird a nd I never noticed.

 

I can't search. 

 

That sounds impossible, but I can't. I am using Chrome and also the Epiphany browsers, and I've tried changing settings and their  default search engines, but it never works. I can go to websites I know, other than Bing and Google, and I can click on the tabs on the home screen and navigate the web normally, but every time I try a search engine it goes:

 

This site can’t be reached

www.google.com’s server IP address could not be found.

 

Any ideas?

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
9/4/18 9:15 p.m.

Sounds like those search sites may have been specifically blocked. Can you reach other less popular search engines like duckduckgo.com or ixquick.com?

Open a terminal and try "ping google.com", if that fails try "cat /etc/hosts" to see if it's blocked at the hosts file.

mikeatrpi
mikeatrpi HalfDork
9/4/18 9:17 p.m.
tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
9/4/18 9:34 p.m.

Pinging from the terminal seems to work.

 

I like those search engines better, so I just set them up instead for now, but it sure it strange.

 

I tried changing the DNS server to no avail.

dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
9/4/18 10:03 p.m.

Could it be a problem connecting to secure web sites? I know by default Google redirects you to a secure version of their page. (ie, https:// instead of just http:// )

bentwrench
bentwrench SuperDork
9/4/18 10:23 p.m.

What's in the Etc/hosts file?

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
9/5/18 8:38 a.m.
dculberson said:

Could it be a problem connecting to secure web sites? I know by default Google redirects you to a secure version of their page. (ie, https:// instead of just http:// )

Could be a possibility but odds are he should've seen a problem with other websites since about half of them do that these days. Even your system time being set sufficiently wrong could prevent you from connecting to SSL-secured websites AND prevent the OS's automatic online time sync from working if it uses NTPsec or TLSdate.

Edit: I just checked and DuckDuckGo and ixquick/startpage both redirect to HTTPS, so that can't be the problem.

scardeal
scardeal SuperDork
9/5/18 8:53 a.m.

You might want to try disabling IPv6.  Sometimes routers, ISPs, etc. don't handle that well, and IPv6 connections bomb out horribly.

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