DNS Server Not Responding FIXED

DNS Server Not Responding error is one of the more common of network errors. Though no sure shot fix can be suggested for it, but one can say that there is a 99% chance that a few network based troubleshooting steps can help you fix DNS Server is Not Responding error.

Understanding The Issue: Domain Name Server is the server that changes the name of the domain of a website into a numerical value that can be understood by systems. Thus the ‘DNS Server Not Responding’ means that the site’s name could not be resolved.

Troubleshooting this issue can take time. But to get it done as early as possible, it’s best to troubleshoot in a linear and logical manner. Thus, try the following steps one by one and stop at the step which resolves the issue.

DNS Server Not Responding Error [FIXED]

Here are the methods you can follow to get rid of this error and make your Internet connection working again.

Step 1: Check the Network Connection

The very basic for any issue where the system is unable to connect to the internet is to check if the network is connected at all. Verify the connection through the network tray. The network that you should connect to should particularly mention ‘Connected’ and nothing else. It might say ‘connecting’ or ‘limited’ or anything else. One might assume that it’s not disconnected.


But no, it should show ‘Connected’. If it does, try some other network. This is to verify if the issue is with that particular network.

Step 2: Troubleshoot Your System

Try to connect to the same network to another system. Suppose, you are able to connect to the same network from another computer but not from the first one and the first one does not connect to other networks either, proceed to the following steps.

Method 1: Power Cycle

Power Cycle the modem, router and computer. Or if you have a combined modem and router, simply restart it. Power cycling means switch OFF the modem, router and computer- all 3. Start the modem and let at power up completely. Once all lights are green on the modem, turn on the router and allow a minute or two to let the lights settle. Then boot the computer.

Method 2: Flush the DNS

This should be one jumbo step that has a high probability of fixing the issue. Open the ‘Command Prompt’. Type the command ‘ipconfig /flushdns’ to flush the DNS cache.


Cache is the bundle of temporary files. So, you basically renew it after flushing it and restarting the computer. This should work in most cases. If it does not, proceed to the next step.

Method 3: Change the DNS Server

If the above two methods didn’t work, You will need to manually enter an alternative DNS server. To do so, launch the run box and type ncpa.cpl and press enter. Once the new window launches, Select Properties option.

  1. Now in the Networking tab, scroll down until you find the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” entry. Select and Click it and then again click on the Properties button.
  2. Here choose the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option.
  3. Enter into the “Preferred DNS server” field
  4. Enter into the “Alternate DNS server” field.

This should get your problem solved. Restart your computer and check if the Internet is working fine.

Method 4: Troubleshoot the router

Although the issue should be fixed by now. If not, it might be a problem with the security settings on the router. Connect your computer to the modem directly and check.


If it works, the issue might be with the router. Reset the router. If the issue persists, call your router’s tech support department.

After following these steps, I am pretty sure that your issue of DNS Server Not Responding would have been solved. But in case, you are still getting the DNS Server is Not Responding error, drop in your comment below, I will personally help you out.


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