Another strange thing, if I ping www.gmail.com
and paste THAT IP into my browser, it gets the google homepage... but I can't search from there, it just times out.
Here is my hosts file (I had some other things I put in there a long time ago that were meaningless, i removed them and the problem is still occurring)
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 220.127.116.11 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 18.104.22.168 x.acme.com # x client host
It seems that Gmail and Images are on a different server than other parts. I can access Google Docs (docs.google.com) and ping it, but if I use the IP it times out (I think it's the same IP as the main Google homepage)
I was thinking that Google's main server could somehow be rejecting my internal IP address, but that can't be seen unless my router forwards ports to it right?