Ubuntu not resolving local names
I have been casually using Unix for about 20 years, but I've never really done anything beyond basic user things unless I had instructions/help.
I've set up an Ubuntu 10.04 system and it works great except for one thing. It doesn't resolve local names.
I can ping or access other systems by IP Address and I can resolve internet names with no problems, but it won't recognize any of the other systems on my home network.
The system is set up for dhcp and everything is defaulted from the installation. There is no DNS suffix or domain set up on my router.
I'm sure this is a basic issue, but I just can't figure out what is wrong. Based on my googling, resolv.conf and interfaces look fine. Can anyone offer suggestions?