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I cannot seem to connect to the google.com domain - AT ALL - using Mac OS X (10.5.8)

I have tried Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, all of which refuse to connect to google.com, mail.google.com, OR gmail.com

However, I know it is not my physical connection, because I can successfully log into Gmail from Linux Mint with Firefox and from Windows 7 with Firefox or Chrome.

Both OS's were run as VMs on my Mac too, to make things more interesting...

Any ideas on why this happens?

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What error do you get when trying to connect? Any odd DNS settings that you are aware of? –  Arjan Nov 15 '09 at 22:14
Just Google? Or is the internet not working in general? –  Sasha Chedygov Nov 15 '09 at 22:31
@musicfreak: No, it's just Google. @Arjan: Nothing I'm aware of... –  Austin Hyde Nov 15 '09 at 22:52
Wow, the Apple/Google relationship seems to be really souring... –  Thilo Nov 16 '09 at 0:38
Always simply first reboot all your equipment if "nothing changed" and "things suddenly don't work anymore"... –  Arjan Nov 16 '09 at 10:09

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It could also be a DNS issue on your OS X box if pinging the google.com domain fails. Try an IP address directly like (this is what google.com resolves to for me):


If you get a response you know that you need to check your DNS settings. If your ISP's DNS servers are to blame you can use the excellent free servers at OpenDNS.

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As for "if pinging the google.com domain fails" note that a ping can fail for many reasons, even if a website can still be reached without any problems. But indeed: if ping google.com fails but ping is just fine, then it's some DNS issues (like the DNS does not know Google at all, or like a few Google servers might be out of order but the DNS does not know about that yet and returns the IP addresses of the broken machines). –  Arjan Nov 16 '09 at 10:07

Try pinging the domain you're trying to reach. Open Terminal and type

ping www.google.com

Maybe that'll give you some info.

Also check out your hosts file at /etc/hosts if there's nothing dodgy there.

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