Although you can open the /etc/hosts file and add a line mapping an IP address to a domain name, that is not a proper solution to this problem. If you are having trouble accessing a site via its domain name but not by IP address, that indicates a problem with your selected DNS server. You may need to switch to another DNS server, such as the Google DNS servers or OpenDNS.
thanks but a few more questions as that didn't seem to work (sorry if this is super-basic and i'm being a dunce - not long had a mac and definitely never done anything like this before or used Terminal)
1. i typed what you said to above and hit Return. It gave me a warning about sudo commands having potential harmful effects but after putting it in, it then simply wrote this next:
sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit/etc/hosts : command not found
2. Was I wrong to hit Return after typing what you said or should I have put in a space and then my password then hit Return?
3. is there something specific about the way you typed that eg. the space between 'sudo' and the '/Applications' - is that on purpose?
4. what is TextEdit where I 'edit the file and save it'? is that a program or application? (again...sorry if i am asking really simple/obvious questions!)
Thanks for the quick reply before. :-)
First of all, you need a space between "sudo", "/Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit" and "/etc/hosts". Paste the following (without quotes): "sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts". The command will open the /etc/host file with TextEdit, a graphical editor, with administrator permissions (for modifying the /etc/hosts).
Hit return, and you will be prompted for your password. Enter it and hit enter.
TextEdit, the Mac OS X "notepad" will open and you will see the content of the /etc/hosts file. Add the desired entries, then save the file and quit TextEdit
thank you everyone for your advice and thanks heaps picn - it worked!
point taken thomas - i ahd come across this earlier on another forum where someone made the point that when the site alters/mends the issue it may/will be with a different address? in which case i'd have to go back into this i assume and delete what i just put in?
cheers again everyone for your help :-)