I installed Ubuntu 17.04 on my surface pro 3 and now when I try to go to a website I get "server not found" from Firefox. I am connected to the internet though because I can SSH into my remote server. I'm assuming this is a dns problem but the other DNS fixes I've tried haven't worked.

I tried restarting networking, network manager and computer restarts. I also tried changing from DHCP to manual in the ipv4 settings and setting an additional dns server. Eventually I just gave up reinstalled Ubuntu and now it's working.

  • Yes, it's a DNS issue. – user589808 Apr 15 '17 at 4:15
  • Any suggestions on how I go about solving it or diagnostic information that would be useful? – user3362964 Apr 15 '17 at 4:17
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    In order to avoid duplication you should edit your question and post what you tried already and what were the results. – user589808 Apr 15 '17 at 4:19

Sorry, I don't have enough reputation to comment yet, so I have to post this as an answer. I will edit this to contain the answer when we find it. Do you mean that you replaced the Windows in Surface Pro 3 with Windows or that you are using Windows 10 with the Windows Feature called Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta), which is based on Ubuntu? Or did you buy it e.g. used with Ubuntu installed (or does MS even sell it that way)? Were you running a previous Ubuntu version in the device before and it had DNS working?

The problem might have something to do with that Ubuntu 17.04 has switched into using systemd-resolved as the default DNS resolver.

Try first updating to the latest packages using the terminal just in case there is a fix affecting the problem:

sudo apt-get update

If you are using Wi-Fi, have you tried installing the driver like this (the suggestion is from How to install Linux on Surface Pro 3, but I replaced git.marvell.com with the current IP for opensource.marvell.com):

cd ~/Downloads
sudo git clone git://
sudo mkdir -p /lib/firmware/mrvl/
sudo cp mwifiex-firmware/mrvl/* /lib/firmware/mrvl/

If you don't have git installed, sudo says "sudo: git: command not found". In that case, install git and try again:

sudo apt-get install git

After that, the command beginning with "sudo git clone" should say "Cloning into 'mwifiex-firmware'" i.e. it downloads the driver into such a subdirectory of ~/Downloads. After performing the third command beginning with "sudo cd", try rebooting your machine.

What does Ubuntu show as "IPv4 Address", "IPv6 Address", "Default Route" and most importantly "DNS" when you go to System Settings > Network in the desktop GUI?

Alternatively, could you please first run this to print your default gateway value and paste it here:

route | grep default

Also try performing a DNS query using these and paste us the result:

nslookup google.com
dig google.com

nslookup should show your primary nameserver address in the Server field and dig in the SERVER field.

If the nameserver address shown by nslookup or dig is correct, viz. usually one of your ISP's nameservers, something could be blocking the DNS query commands. If you have connected through an active network device such as a dsl router or cable modem, it might theoretically have DNS access blocked in it's firewall, although that is not very likely, especially since I assume you had DNS working in your device before.

You can also try this to show your IP address configuration, although you should at least be getting an IP since SSH works (I recommend omitting any field containing the colon (:) i.e. the MAC address for security purposes)?

ip addr show
  • I don't know how and why but just running the route/nslookup/dig commands in your answer (that forces me to install net-tools package) fixed my problem :) – user149760 Jun 4 '17 at 10:06

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