[xubuntu-users] Could not find internet address

Daan Hoogland dhoogland at interestate.nl
Fri Oct 31 11:27:45 UTC 2008

Hello Vincent,

I will try your suggestion. In the meanwhile I installed Xubuntu 8.10.
 And again I saw a message mentioning a faulty network connection.

Since my Windows pc works perfectly with the static IP address 192.168
.2.100 I will try to enter this address into my laptop (with Xubuntu
8.10) and switch the network cable to the laptop.

I will keep you informed.

Have a nice weekend, Daan

P.S. Before Xubuntu I worked with Ubuntu. Xubuntu fits better to the
limited laptop hardware. Apart from the internet issue I like it. What
I do not understand is that time and date are derived from the
internet correctly. Strange isn't it?

Vincent wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 9:43 PM, d.hoogland <dhoogland at interestate.nl
> <mailto:dhoogland at interestate.nl>> wrote:
>     Vincent wrote:
>>     On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 5:58 PM, Daan Hoogland
>>     <dhoogland at interestate.nl <mailto:dhoogland at interestate.nl>> wrote:
>>         Hello,
>>         I managed to install Xubuntu 8.04 onto a laptop (Compaq M700,
>>         PIII 650
>>         MHz, 576 MB RAM). However, no connection to the internet has been
>>         established. A message appears:
>>         Could not look up internet address for daan-laptop. This will
>>         prevent
>>         Xfce from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the
>>         problem by adding daan-laptop to the file /etc/hosts on your
>>         system.
>>         Although I understand the message I do not know how to correct
>>         this.
>>         Can anybody help me? Thank you very much in advance. regards, Daan
>>     Hi Daan, I'm not too sure how to solve this, but... What does your
>>     /etc/hosts file look like?
>>     -- 
>>     Vincent
>     Hello Vincent,
>     The /etc/hosts file looks as follows:
> <> localhost
> <> daan-laptop.werkgroep
>     # 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
>     ff02::3 ip6-allhosts
>     At the moment I managed to connect to the internet. I changed the
>     IP-address of my laptop to <>. For
>     some obscure reason the connection could be established.
>     But still 127 updates are waiting to be downloaded. When I tell the
>     packet manager to get these updates nothing happens. Only the cursor
>     starts turning, nothing else.
> I sometimes have that problem in Ubuntu (right now, coincidentally), but
> never with Xubuntu. Anyway, I can just press Ctrl+Alt+Esc and click on
> the Update Manager to force it to quit, and subsequently run it again
> and then it will work :)
> -- 
> Vincent

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