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Bell has implemented a system for it's dial-up and high speed customers in Ontario and Quebec, where DNS servers are automatically assigned when you login. Sometimes, the DNS servers assigned in this way do not work properly for some sites. This can happen randomly and can be very frustrating. Fortunately, you are able to specify your own DNS servers if the Bell assigned ones don't function properly for you.

Here are some alternative DNS server addresses you can try:
Bell Canada (not Bell Residential): 198.235.216.130 / 198.235.216.131 / 198.235.216.134
Level3 Communications: 4.2.2.1 / 4.2.2.2
OpenDNS

You are free to use only one address, or a combination of different DNS addresses. Using mulitple DNS addresses will provide redundancy if one provider's DNS servers are not functioning or are out of date.


How do I change the DNS server address(es) in Windows 95, 98, or ME?
    •Click the Start button > Settings > Control Panel.
    •Double click on the Network icon.
    •Under the Configuration tab, there will be a list of items. Select the TCP/IP item that corresponds to your Ethernet adapter, then click Properties.
    •Click on the DNS Configuration tab, and remove all entries under DNS Server Search Order.
    •Under DNS Server Search Order, enter the DNS Server Address(es) you wish to use, clicking on the Add button after each one.
    •Keep clicking OK until all the dialog boxes are cleared.
    •You must reboot for this change to take effect.



How do I change the DNS server address(es) in Windows 2000?
    •Click the Start button > Settings > Network and Dial-up Connections.
    •Right click on Local Area Connection then choose Properties from the pop-up menu.
    •Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click the Properties button.
    •Click Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the DNS server address(es) you wish to use.
    •Keep clicking OK until all the dialog boxes are cleared.
You do not need to reboot for this change to take effect.


How do I change the DNS server address(es) in Windows XP?
    •Click the Start Button > Control Panel > Network Connections.
    •Right click on Local Area Connection and select Properties on the pop-up menu.
    •Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click the Properties button.
    •Click Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the DNS server address(es) you wish to use.
    •Keep clicking OK until all the dialog boxes are cleared.
You do not need to reboot for this change to take effect.


If none of the above helps, then read this:

•You should try flushing your local DNS cache to remove any stale entries. Here's how to clear the local DNS cache:
If you are running Windows XP or Windows 2000, enter the following at the command prompt: ipconfig /flushdns
If you are using Windows 98, 98SE or ME, enter the following at a DOS Prompt: ipconfig /release_all

•Run a virus scan. Some viruses and trojans can cause page not found errors and other problems.

•Scan for spyware, as some spyware (especially new.net) can interfere with the way site addresses are resolved. You can find more information on Spyware and how to remove it in the Spyware FAQ.

Some Bell customers may have DNS problems no matter what DNS server they use. This is an intermittent problem that affects a small group of customers for a short time, Bell has not acknowledged this problem exists, and no solution has been found.

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by MacGyver See Profile
last modified: 2010-07-24 07:19:55