portage network connection problems
So I'm installing Gentoo with KDE on a friend's laptop and I've come across an interesting problem. I had emerged kde-base and a couple extra applications to go with it (including firefox). I started X with KDE and got my nice desktop environment. Yay. From there I began to emerge more applications when, (as far as I can tell) randomly, I could no longer connect to any of the servers with emerge. Before this I could navigate the web with firefox; after I couldn't. If I ping a website (such as google.com) I get a response and if I use Konqueror I can navegate the web, but I still can't get firefox or portage working. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated. If you want to see the contents of a file, just let me know!