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[ubuntu] Internet connection lost but email still works

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi I am a non-techie, have been gratefully using Ubuntu 8.10 for a few years for the basics: email, web, documents, photos. I have somehow lost my internet connection, but strangely my email still works...!?!? My router is showing all the correct green lights, but I cannot get to any url. I am posting this thread via work (windows) pc. I have searched on this forum and in anticipation have done as much homework as possible, see below. I have a Netgear wired router. I cannot find Network manager on the menus and tried this from the terminal: Code: network-manager bash: network-manager: comm (HowTos)