Now that I'm back on line (sort of) after a lightning strike fried my cable modem and trashed a bunch of other stuff, my internet service provider is going screwy on me. You see, I only have real internet access once every several hours; between those times, I am only able to access certain sites, seemingly at random. Right now, for example, archlinux.org (which, BTW, is not cached) loads perfectly, but Google is off limits. Tomorrow morning, I might be able to (briefly) access any working site on the internet; then things will get weird, and I'll only be able to access a small fraction of the sites out there.
I don't know what upstream problems could cause this; I do know that archlinux.org is usually accessible, and google.com is usually not, but that isn't much to go on. I suppose I'd blame it on a cable being damaged by lightning, or something similar, except that that wouldn't explain the "partial" internet access that I can get, with full-speed, uninterrupted access to a relatively small number of sites.
Anyone have experience with similar ISP bizarreness, or is this apparently a one-of-a-kind problem?
check your dns.
dig @126.96.36.199 non-working-site.net
note: the ip listed is one of the second level name servers. a list of top level servers can be found at root-servers.org
"Be conservative in what you send; be liberal in what you accept." -- Postel's Law
"tacos" -- Cactus' Law
"t̥͍͎̪̪͗a̴̻̩͈͚ͨc̠o̩̙͈ͫͅs͙͎̙͊ ͔͇̫̜t͎̳̀a̜̞̗ͩc̗͍͚o̲̯̿s̖̣̤̙͌ ̖̜̈ț̰̫͓ạ̪͖̳c̲͎͕̰̯̃̈o͉ͅs̪ͪ ̜̻̖̜͕" -- -̖͚̫̙̓-̺̠͇ͤ̃ ̜̪̜ͯZ͔̗̭̞ͪA̝͈̙͖̩L͉̠̺͓G̙̞̦͖O̳̗͍
No can do as of right now. The power surge completely fried my computer's mobo (I could actually smell something burning :shock: ), so until I get a new box, I have to use Damn Small Linux on my dad's computer - and DSL doesn't have dig for some reason.
I don't know what upstream problems could cause this
Use MTR package to track connections and identify problems with other routers and servers.
Gah.... my mistake. It is not the ISP, it is the router. This ought to be fixed in short order.