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  1. #1


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    Safari - *Cannot find Server*
    I bought a macbook off of a friend about 6 months ago, in which everything worked excellent. About a month ago safari started to give me a problem. Anytime that i would try to open up google or yahoo (two of the main search engines i use) it would always say the same thing:

    Safari can’t open the page “http://www.google.com/” because it can’t find the server “www.google.com”.

    or.

    Safari can’t open the page “http://www.yahoo.com/” because it can’t find the server “www.yahoo.com”.

    I first tried clearing cache, cookies, etc. and no dice.
    Then i tried reseting safari in the menu which is essentually the same thing and of course didnt work.

    I then downloaded Mozilla Firefox to see if it would open up the sites and still nothing. Do i try to uninstall/reinstall safari or did firefox single that out?

    Im stumped....any ideas please help me out.

    Also i am running Windows XP through Parallels and IE opens both google and yahoo no problem. Running OSX Leopard 10.5.4

    Thanks in advance!

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    Forgot to mention that basically ALL other sites open up without any problems.

    Google and Yahoo are the only websites that i have run into that haven't been able to open.

    Thank you.

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    I've been having this problem, too. My MBP and my mom's MB won't open certain pages. Sometimes it'll open a page if I refresh but sometimes not at all. I've tried everything you have and still no dice. It's weird because the message loads instantly like Safari doesn't even try to communicate with any server. It just loads that page out of laziness.

    What's funny is that the first time I clicked to view this thread, it gave me that "Safari can't open the page" message...

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    any ideas??

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    cat /etc/hosts

    cat /etc/resolv.conf

    that'll show you if there is anything unusual in your /etc/hosts file and what your name servers are.
    mike
    This machine kills fascists
    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    just use firefox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsword View Post
    just use firefox.
    He said he tried Firefox and had the same problem.

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    exactly the same problem for me too

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    I am having the same problem with snow leopard. I can ping google or yahoo and the ping works, but when I try to use Safari or Firefox it can not find any server.

    Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iBongzilla View Post
    any ideas??
    Quote Originally Posted by macca75 View Post
    exactly the same problem for me too
    Quote Originally Posted by Sitges46 View Post
    I am having the same problem with snow leopard...
    Any ideas?
    Which Snow Leopard? First two: you didn't mention your OS.
    Since 10.6.2 came out in the last 48 hours, maybe that would help. (?)

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    Same crap!
    Im ready to take my macbook pro to the Apple store...
    Every other site I go to, says Safari cant find the server...

    WHAT THE heck!!!! whats going on!?!?

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    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPad Air, iPhone 3GS
    What are the specs on the MBP and which OSX is installed?

    How are you connected to the internet? DSL/Cable? What router? Do other computers have issues? Have you only tried Safari or did you try another browser like Firefox or Chrome? Same issue?

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