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Old Jun 20, 2002, 06:53 PM   #1
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Slow Startup: Finding DNS?

I just read this on www.xlr8yourmac.com :

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106797

I've noticed that my computer hangs on startup at "Initializing Network". It says in the AppleCare Knowledge Base Document to make sure that you a have a DNS entry entered into your Network system preference panel.

How do I find my DNS? Is it possible to find this without going directly to my Internet Service Provider? Any help would be extremely appreciated.

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Old Jun 21, 2002, 11:42 AM   #2
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You should use the DNS server addresses that your ISP provides you with. It's usually on their web site, or you can call their support. That's what I did with Earthlink when I set up my Newton MP 2100 to connect to the internet a couple months ago.
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Something you really need to watch out for with X is network status when you boot.

I've had Apple reps tell me that sometimes if you're not connected to a 'Net connection and your Mac goes out looking for one it can cause a good deal of lag and flakiness.
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 01:33 PM   #4
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Is there any way to find the DNS number without going to my ISP? I tried using my Network Utility, but I'm not sure how to get my DNS number from it. I'm guessing that you can get it from there though.

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The DNS is the name of the server, which translates to its IP address.

What kind of connection are you on? Cable/DSL connections will take a new IP address every time you reboot, unless you have a router and/or your ISP has given you a static IP address.

You probably just want to set everything to DHCP and let the server assign everything for you.
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Usually you can assign one DNS and it will work, unless it's a big system and they assign them each time you sign on... To find your current DNS...

While connected, start Terminal

Type
nslookup www.apple.com

it will give you your DNS first, then the IP address of apple.com. Use the numbers for the address of your DNS.

Hope this helps!!


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Usually you can assign one DNS and it will work, unless it's a big system and they assign them each time you sign on... To find your current DNS...

While connected, start Terminal

Type
nslookup www.apple.com

it will give you your DNS first, then the IP address of apple.com. Use the numbers for the address of your DNS.

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Or, if you don't like the Terminal, use the Network Utility app in the Utilities folder in Applications.
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Will adding the DNS info into the Network Systems Preferences help anything? I'm using DHCP, does anyone else using DHCP enter their DNS info into the Network prefs?

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Will adding the DNS info into the Network Systems Preferences help anything? I'm using DHCP, does anyone else using DHCP enter their DNS info into the Network prefs?

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Nope, on machines I have set up with DHCP (home and work) I don't touch any of the other settings.
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 09:31 PM   #10
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On startup, do any of your mac's hang?

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Like, I said in my first post, one of the main things that will cause a hang at startup is X looking for a non-existent internet connection.

I've only seen it happen a couple times.
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I just found out about the Network update. I hope this fixes some of the problems that I've been having with my connection.

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Just an FYI. I got my DNS address, and it didn't help startup time. I think that the Apple Knowledge Base article was for people having actual problems, not slow startups. Thanks for all of the help though.

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