From time to times I have to reboot my Ubuntu 11.04 remote desktop. Once it up and I run Cromium browser with many tabs (20 for example) dns server doesn't respond anymore. At beginning I suspected my ISP, so I replaced my /etc/resolv.conf with following values:


The result is the same - I can't use browser for ~20 min. because names are not resolved, ping doesn't work either.

Any idea what is blocking?

  • When you say ping doesn't work either do you mean IPs also? Or just names? Can you ping
    – Mr Shunz
    Jul 7 '11 at 11:49
  • I meant just names. During that time I'm able to connect remote machine and some services, like skype, are able to connect to internet (I suppose Skype use IP address).
    – Dzidas
    Jul 7 '11 at 12:17
  • did you try removing the first two values? For me, I completely removed my ISPs DNS entries, and hardcoded (and subsequently write-protected) my list of nameservers... I use and and they work fine.
    – Thomas Ward
    Jul 7 '11 at 13:05
  • The first two are OpenDNS entries, not my ISP.
    – Dzidas
    Jul 7 '11 at 13:09
  • regardless if they're your ISP, did you try removing them and just leaving nameserver just to see what happens? i just ran a DNS lookup off of, so I know its functioning.
    – Thomas Ward
    Jul 7 '11 at 13:12

Well, could really be a problem with your ISP DNSs and maybe they intercept DNS traffic and route it throurgh their servers...

Try a dig @ www.ubuntu.com and see what happens.

Output should be like:

; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> @ www.ubuntu.com 
; (1 server found) 
;; global options: +cmd 
;; Got answer: 
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 54464 
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 

;www.ubuntu.com.      IN  A 

www.ubuntu.com.   497 IN  A 

;; Query time: 2307 msec 
;; WHEN: Thu Jul  7 14:23:41 2011 
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 48 
  • xxx@xxx:~$ ping www.google.com ^C xxx@xxx:~$ dig @ www.ubuntu.com ; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> @ www.ubuntu.com ; (1 server found) ;; global options: +cmd ;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
    – Dzidas
    Jul 7 '11 at 13:28
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    Sounds like dns lookups are being blocked somewhere along the line. Can you ping
    – Thomas Ward
    Jul 7 '11 at 13:53
  • x@x:~$ ping PING ( 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=54 time=81.8 ms 64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=54 time=31.9 ms 64 bytes from icmp_req=3 ttl=54 time=29.0 ms 64 bytes from icmp_req=4 ttl=53 time=29.4 ms ^C --- ping statistics --- 4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3004ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 29.084/43.069/81.809/22.394 ms x@x:~$ ping www.google.com ping: unknown host www.google.com
    – Dzidas
    Jul 7 '11 at 14:13

Try installing the dnsmasq package and configuring it to cache DNS for you. This should cut down on your DNS queries and may prevent whatever is blocking you from activating. It could be a DNS rate limit filter somewhere in your chain.

Your /etc/resolv.conf for dnsmasq should consist of I am not sure if the current installer sets this up.


You can also use Google's open dns:

so could edit /etc/resolv.conf:

# Googles Public DNS



search localdomain

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