Hence, it can be quite a hassle to be refused an internet connection while you are attempting to extract important information from your favorite websites. Especially when you have work that needs to be done immediately and you are under time constraints.
The “DNS Server Not Responding” error is one really annoying reason why you can’t access the internet. That old folktale about a troll saying, “You shall not pass!” while perched beneath a bridge, or something about devouring up people who attempt to cross the bridge, is similar to this one.
I’m pleased to inform you that by using the straightforward troubleshooting techniques covered in this post, you ought to be able to overcome the troll and cross the bridge to blissful internet access.
Try these fixes
Go to the reason section to find out why the DNS server isn’t responding and preventing you from accessing the Internet. If not, just follow the solutions step-by-step.
Enter the correct DNS server address
Reset your IP and empty your DNS cache
Take a look at your network adapter driver
Restart the router and modem
Solution 1: Update the address of your DNS server
It’s possible that using the wrong DNS server address is the reason for the DNS server not responding problem. Therefore, to update your DNS server address, do the following:
- Press the Windows logo key and R simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Run box.
- Type control, then hit Enter.
- In the Large Icons, select Network and Sharing Center.
- Select Modify setup for adapter.
- Based on your Windows version, right-click on Local Area Connection, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi. Choose Properties next.
- After selecting Properties, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Check the boxes for Automatically obtain an IP address and Automatically obtain a DNS server address. Next, select OK.
- After selecting Properties, click Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
- Select the options to automatically obtain the IP address and the DNS server address. Next, select OK.
- After you restart your computer, try to visit the desired website once more to see if it works.
Solution 2: Reset your IP and empty your DNS cache
- If your DNS server’s cache is filling up, there might be an issue. Try resetting the IP address and cleaning the DNS cache to see if that’s the case.
- Open the Start menu’s search box and enter cmd. Run as administrator can then be selected by right-clicking on Command Prompt.
- Reminder: When the User Account Control asks, click Yes.
- Enter each of the following commands on the dark window that has opened, then hit Enter.
- Once your computer has restarted, try to access the desired website once more and check whether it works.
Solution 3: Change the network adapter driver
If the network adapter driver is out of date, your DNS server won’t work. Using Driver Easy, you can automatically update the network adapter driver if you don’t feel comfortable tinkering with drivers. Alternatively, you can update the driver manually.
When Driver Easy detects your system, it will automatically locate the appropriate drivers for it. There’s no need to take the chance of downloading and installing the incorrect driver, to know precisely what operating system your machine is running, or to worry about making an installation error.
Driver Easy’s FREE or PRO versions allow you to automatically update your drivers. Nevertheless, the Pro version only requires two clicks and offers complete support as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Install Driver Easy after downloading it.
- Click the Scan Now button after launching Driver Easy. Once it has scanned your computer, Driver Easy will identify any problematic drivers.
- Select Update All to immediately download and install the most recent versions of all the outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro edition; when you select Update All, you’ll be prompted to upgrade).
- However, it is partially manual and can be completed for free if you so choose.
- Once the network adapter driver has been updated, kindly restart your computer. Check to see whether you are able to get back to the website you wish to visit.
Solution 4: Restart your router and modem
The DNS server may also cease to function if your modem or router is malfunctioning. To fix the issue, you can restart your router and modem, if you have one.
1) To restart your modem or router, click the power button once to turn it off, wait a little, and then press the button once more.
2) Attempt to reach the desired website once more and observe if it is successful.