Internet Setup

December 18, 2009 at 23:55:53
Specs: SOLARIS 10, AMD 64

I have newly installed Solaris 10 on my HP Pavillion Laptop and screwed up my Windows Vista. I thought of getting used to it but I cannot connect to Internet either using modem or using router. I have set the defaultrouter,nssswitch.conf, hosts etc files with help of some forums in Net but still not able to connect. Please suggest.


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December 19, 2009 at 04:58:21
Open a terminal console and check the following:
First try to ping e.g.
If that works, DNS is working and internet should also work.
If not:
If this works, internet in general is working but DNS name resolving is not working and you have to check, whether you're using the correct DNS servers in the resolve.conf file.

If not working so far:

Check, whether your network card has a correct ip address.

route -n
Check, whether the default route is set correctly.

cat /etc/resolv.conf
Here you'll find the used DNS name server.

Post back the results of this research.

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December 20, 2009 at 09:33:11
Thank you very much for this speedy response.. below are the outputs..

# ping
ping: unknown host
# ping
ICMP Host Unreachable from gateway santy (
for icmp from santy ( to
^C # ifconfig -a
lo0: flags=2001000849<UP,LOOPBACK, RUNNING, MULTICAST, IPv4, VIRTUAL> mtu 8232 index 1
inet netmask ffffff00
# route -n
usage: route [ -fnpqv ] [ -R <root-dir. ] cmd [[ -<qualifiers> ] args ]
# cat /etc/resolv.conf

All your commands are not working... :(


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December 20, 2009 at 11:08:20
I assume, your the ip (nameserver) is also your internet router.
So the default gateway should be

If the command route -n did not work for you, try this command to figure out your dafault gateway.
netstat -r
netstat -rn

Can you ping the

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December 20, 2009 at 17:08:07
Thank you once again for quick response, below is the output

netstat -r

Routing Table: IPv4
Destination Gateway Flags Ref Interface
---------------- -------------- --------- --------- ---------- santy U 1 lo0

and ping is not reachable.

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December 21, 2009 at 03:23:19
What kind of connection are you trying to use, wired or wireless.

It seems, that there is no network card configured on the solaris box, because a netstat -r shows an entry for all configured network cards in you system.
In your case, there is only one entry called lo, what means for the local loopback (

Check whether your network card is in generall configured and started.
E.g: if your network card is named eth0, use ifconfig eth0 up, to bring the network interface up and running.

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December 27, 2009 at 20:43:13
Hi Again, sorry for not replying .. it was a hectic week for me..
I have restored my system because I was missing my Internet
very badly. I have given up on the setup.. Now again I wanted
to start from scratch..

I WANTED TO INSTALL SOLARIS 10 on my HP laptop but I
wanted to do it in Dual mode, I mean I don't wanna loose
Vista but also wanted to use Solaris 10.

I have original Solaris 10 Installation Media kit and If you know
how to do it, Please let me know.

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January 11, 2010 at 14:17:46
If you have an newer system with enough ram you should use a virtual machine.

The very simple instructions are backup vista to remote media. If you have a partition then OK otherwise you'd need a partition available for Solaris. Then boot to solaris disk and install to the correct partition. It should do the rest.

Be warned that if you don't understand how your system is supposed to restore you might loose your OEM data. Some have hidden partitions that may be lost if you are not careful.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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