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    Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Hi,

    I downloaded and installed Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) only a few hours ago and in the process I deleted my old operating system Windows 7.

    Now what's happening is that I am unable to access some websites including http://www.hotmail.com/, http://www.theatlantic.com/ and http://www.tvfanatic.com/ .

    When I type in a URL in the browser and press ENTER, all I get is the Firefox waiting sign or a rotating ring. The wait is endless.

    In contrast, I have no problem visiting other websites like http://www.project-syndicate.org/ or http://www.wikipedia.org/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk .

    I am a non-technical guy. I was moved by the Ubuntu philosophy and decided to get rid of Windows so there is no going back. So I would be grateful to you if you could suggest what to do.

    Thank you for reading and caring to reply.
    Last edited by DemianDemerzel; May 14th, 2011 at 05:46 AM.

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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    This sounds more like a problem with the website / your internet provider, not Ubuntu. I use hotmail everyday and have had no problems. If needed, try pinging the hotmail site or type in the IP address directly. Your host might be re-routing all www.hotmail.com to a different IP.

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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Hi Arthuryu,

    A problem with the website. It might be. But don't you think it's unlikely to have the same problem with around half a dozen websites simultaneously.

    Add these two to the previous list:

    http://www.dw-world.de/
    http://foreignpolicy.com/

    Thank you for your last reply.

    DE

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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Open a terminal and type
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/hosts
    and post a copy.
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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Hi JTarin,

    I apologise but I don't know what does a 'terminal' mean?

    I forgot to mention in the previous post but I also don't know what does 'pinging a website' mean?

    Thank you for taking out your precious time to reply.

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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by DemianDemerzel View Post
    Hi JTarin,

    I apologise but I don't know what does a 'terminal' mean?

    I forgot to mention in the previous post but I also don't know what does 'pinging a website' mean?

    Thank you for taking out your precious time to reply.
    OK...your using Natty so I don't kbnowif this will work...try the ALT + F2 keys. There should be a dialogue pop-up on your desktop. In that dialogue type gnome-terminal. The terminal will open and then you can proceed as directed in my last post.
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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Hi JTarin,

    This is what I get after doing as directed

    ================================================== ========

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    127.0.1.1 demian-N61PC-M2S

    # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
    ::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
    fe00::0 ip6-localnet
    ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
    ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

    ================================================== ========

    What should I do now?

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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    I don't mean to interrupt others in the middle of helping you, but you may in fact just need to switch your user agent.

    (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...gent-switcher/) Not sure if that's the one everyone uses, but something along those lines may be what you need.
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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by DemianDemerzel View Post
    Hi JTarin,

    This is what I get after doing as directed

    ================================================== ========

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    127.0.1.1 demian-N61PC-M2S

    # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
    ::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
    fe00::0 ip6-localnet
    ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
    ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

    ================================================== ========

    What should I do now?
    Use the same procedure and open /etc/resolv.conf and edit to look like this:
    Code:
    nameserver 8.8.8.8
    nameserver 8.8.4.4
    save...then try to connect.
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    Re: Unable to access certain websites from Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Thewhistlingwind View Post
    I don't mean to interrupt others in the middle of helping you, but you may in fact just need to switch your user agent.

    (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...gent-switcher/) Not sure if that's the one everyone uses, but something along those lines may be what you need.
    I don't think user agent has anything to do with it as I can access all the websites he listed just fine and I don't do any user agent tweaking.

    Edit. One thing I just thought of. If jtarin's suggestion does not fix the problem, then try this.

    Enter the following in the firefox url bar:

    Code:
    about:config
    Firefox will give you a warning. That's ok just click the button that says "I'll be careful I promise"

    It will display a text entry field labelled "Filter", type:

    Code:
    ipv6
    That will display one line titled network.dns.disableipv6. If the Value field says false, then double click on it to toggle it to read true. Then just click home and try your websites again.
    Last edited by alphacrucis2; May 14th, 2011 at 11:06 AM.

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