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DNS Server Is Not Responding on Dial-Up

Discussion in 'Networking' started by IHaveABox, Sep 3, 2012.

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  1. IHaveABox

    IHaveABox Thread Starter

    Sep 3, 2012
    So, about a week or two ago, I connected my laptop to the Internet to find that webpages were loading unusually slow, even for the dial-up connection that I am cursed with. Most of the time, the page would stop loading and display that "Internet Explorer cannot display this webpage" message, but later that day it started working again, and I figured everything had worked itself out.

    A few days later, however, I found that the problem had returned, only this time, there weren't ANY pages that would load before showing that message. I tried the troubleshooter, and it said that the "DNS Server is not responding", which was odd because I had tried the troubleshooter when it was behaving badly a few days earlier, and it didn't say there were any problems. On top of that, none of the other computers in the house have this problem.

    Since then, I have tried almost every possible and applicable suggestion I have come across. McAfee has been removed. I have changed my Preferred DNS Server to and I've cleared my cookies. I've used ipconfig/flushdns in the Command Prompt. I've tried a different modem and different cables. It's still not working.

    I was, at one point, able to connect to a high-speed connection, and it worked fine with that. But on my home dial-up connection, it's still not working, and it's still saying that the DNS Server is not responding. The only time it's worked since then is when I switched the modem to a different USB port, and it only loaded one page before breaking again.

    Also, it might be worth mentioning that Windows Firewall seems to be having some issues as well. I don't remember disabling it (but I also don't remember not disabling it), but it seems to be disabled and when I try to re-enable it, it just... doesn't. No error message or anything, it just stays disabled. When I try the "Use recommended settings" button, it says "Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings. Error code 0x80070424". I have no idea if this is related or not. I should also mention that, once, the connection troubleshooter gave me a totally different message: "website (www.microsoft.com) is online but isn't responding to connection attempts."

    Here's my information:

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 6038 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1268 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 695299 MB, Free - 459051 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YR8NN
    Antivirus: None

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