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i installed Pihole to my new raspberry pi, added the static IP of my PI into my asus router DNS1. DNS2 was my surfshark VPN's DNS. So was DNS1 but I cleared it out. Was able to resolve websites, thought Pihole was working.
I have an original discussion with some screen caps here:
When I learned the only DNS entry should be in DNS1 to contain the Pi IP address, I cleared out DNS2. Then I could not resolve any websites. rebooting PI, rebooting router, rebooting PC, didnt help.
(Moderator edit: explicit debug log removed)