Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This has been happening in the last few days: Chrome or Safari on the Mac (OSX Lion/10.7.2) are unable to connect to the Internet. Other apps are able to (Dropbox...). I am able to browse through IE on Win7 on Parallels. Terminal is able to ping to

I first thought it was a problem with Chrome, but Safari and Firefox have the same problem.

I am able to connect to the internet from my wife's laptop (Windows 7) and from my iPhone (over same WiFi network).

This problem gets resolved after I restart the Mac.

What can be wrong?

Update: When I use the IP address ( for I am able to reach Google, from Chrome. But even when I change the DNS to Google DNS, I still get the same issue when I use (This cannot be a DNS problem anyway right? ping is able to resolve to its IP...)

share|improve this question
Related:… – timothymh Mar 10 '12 at 15:46
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I suspect a problem with the Parallels network driver, having seen similar issues before. First, if you haven't already, try updating Parallels to the latest version. Then, try changing the networking mode to Bridged, or if it already is, to Shared. Also, here are some generic troubleshooting steps.

Screenshot of Parallels networking dialog

share|improve this answer
Trying... but I am not sure whether this would be the root cause. I have Parallels for quite sometime now. – Nivas Mar 11 '12 at 0:06
It looks like this was the problem. After I changed the setting (Bridged to Shared), the problem never reoccurred. Thanks! – Nivas Mar 22 '12 at 0:51
I don't have Parallels and have the exacy same problem. – Michael Mar 3 '14 at 1:43

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.