Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers, and with good reason. With so many features that let you enjoy browsing the internet while saving data, Chrome is one of the best browsers out there.
One notorious error that you may encounter while using Chrome, is Server IP Address Could Not Be Found. This error doesn’t have a single cause, so there are a couple of things you’ll have to investigate to resolve this issue on Windows devices.
1. Check Your Internet Connection
Yes, yes, you have probably already checked this. But just because you’re connected to your router through Wi-Fi or a LAN connection, doesn’t mean that you’re connected to the internet!
The first thing you should check when you encounter this error is your internet connection. You might not even be connected to the internet, and if that’s the case, then Chrome isn’t guilty. No browser can browse the internet without the internet.
A quick way of checking for a working internet connection is using the ping command in the Command Prompt.
If you’re getting replies within reasonable times, then your connection is fine. However, if you’re getting Request Timed Out or other errors, then you need to further check your connection.
2. Check Your Proxy Settings
One other possible cause of the error is a bad or offline proxy server. You (or an app on your computer) could have set up a proxy which doesn’t work now. You can set up a new proxy or disable proxies altogether in the Proxy settings.
Here’s how to do this:
3. Change Your Network Adapter Settings
By default, your network adapter is set to use DHCP which allows it to automatically obtain an IP address. However, if you’ve tweaked this setting, then IP and DNS will need to be manually configured for your adapter.
You can revert the settings to DHCP from the Control Panel. Follow these steps to do that:
4. Update Your Network Driver
Another cause of network problems is the lack of proper drivers for your hardware. This could happen if your network drivers are outdated, or you haven’t installed the correct ones. Windows 10 does a good job at automatically finding and installing drivers, but you can’t ever be too sure.
Here’s how to update your network drivers:
The absolute method for making sure you’ve got the right drivers installed is by downloading the appropriate drivers from your network card manufacturer, such as Qualcomm or Realtek. This way, the doubt of Windows downloading the wrong drivers is dispelled.
5. Use Windows Network Diagnostics
Google Chrome won’t be able to function properly if your network has been poorly configured. Luckily, Windows’ troubleshooter tool does a good job at finding and fixing config-related issues.
6. Restart the Windows DNS Client Service
Windows uses a service called DNS Client to cache DNS and register the computer name. There’s a chance that your DNS Client service may be malfunctioning and is in need of a restart.
If the DNS Client service options are grayed out and unclickable for you, you can disable the service through Windows config.
7. Reset Winsock and IPv4 Settings
If none of the solutions above worked for you, you can try resetting Winsock and IPv4 settings to their defaults. This will revert a great portion of network settings to their defaults and has the potential to fix conflicting configurations.
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
Quickly Get Back Online
Unexpected malfunctions and errors are potent ingredients of a total day-ruiner tonic, especially if It’s regarding your default web browser.
Luckily, you now have a good idea of what to do if Chrome encounters the Server IP Address Could Not Be Found error. If you’re currently experiencing this issue, trying the above solutions should have you back online in no time!