I have a connection but Firefox keeps saying " firefox can't find the server at..." on a few occasions firefox will find the server BUT only after I click " try again" about 15 to 20 times. I have a 64bit and am using Firefox v.19
This article - Websites don't load - troubleshoot and fix error messages will walk you though troubleshooting connections problems. Often it's as easy as clearing cookies and cache:
A possible cause is security software (firewall,anti-virus) that blocks or restricts Firefox or the plugin-container process without informing you, possibly after detecting changes (update) to the Firefox program.
Remove all rules for Firefox and the plugin-container from the permissions list in the firewall and let your firewall ask again for permission to get full unrestricted access to internet for Firefox and the plugin-container process and the updater process.
I've experienced this over the last week or so. I went through all the suggestions to no avail. Finally discovered that my DNS server settings on my PC [Windows 7] had changed by themselves. Malware perhaps? Not sure.
They were fine on my Billion router; they hadn't changed - only on the PC.
Changed them back [both preferred and alternative] to what my Internet provider requires and all is good again.
It may be worth a check??
I have had this problem for several months off & on. It is very frustrating when it happens.When I open my task mgr. & view 'services', some have been stopped for local connections apparently by Windows (Vista) It is not a Firefox issue as I sometimes use Chrome & have tried to access the internet via Chrome when it happens. I have even resorted to IE and still it will not connect. The only solution (if you can call it that) is to shut everything down including the power and try again later.Usually this works but not always. I have no idea what my DNS settings are & I'm skeptical to attempt resetting them. I think it is a 'MS Windows" issue.
I'm so glad to hear that others are experiencing this problem. I don't feel stupid now. I'm with you, philipcarol1, I don't know where my DNS settings are and would be afraid to change them even if I did. Thank you for sharing your experience.
You are very welcome- I am suspecting Vista. Spoke with my son earlier and his (Vista) was the same way yet his laptop (Windows 7) was able to access the internet. Are you running Vista also?
Windows 7 ...
Network and Sharing Center
Under "View your active networks", you should see "Access type: Internet". Click on the link next to "Connections".
Highlight "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" then click on "Properties"
Under "Use the following DNS server addresses:", you'll see "Preferred DNS server" and "Alternate DNS Server"
You enter here the addresses that your ISP tell you to use. I'm with iinet in Australia and they tell me to use 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
When I first checked these after experiencing the "server not found" issue they were different. Not sure why; maybe some malware??
I changed them back and now all is fine. I've also installed Malwarebytes and have that running in the background.