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Posted on 12/23/2008 5:55:03 PM PST by Labyrinthos

For the last three weeks, I have had difficulty accessing Free Republic from my office desktop computer. Although I can connect at times, more often than not, I get the the "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage," error message. I do not have a problem connecting with other websites

I am running Win XP/SP 3. I know my employer has not blocked access, because I own the business. I am also able to access Free Republic using other PC's on the office network, including my notebook PC. I have tried just about everything that I can think of including system restore; disabling firewalls, Spybot S & D, Adware, and Windows Defender; uninstalling Norton Internet Security 2009 (using the Norton Removal Tool and two different registry cleaners); clearing cookies, history, temporary internet files, and other cache files.

The only thing left that I can think of is that I have disabled many of the worthless "services" that run in the background and slow the system to a crawl and sometimes I kill one too many. However, I am unaware of any particular service that would effect access to s single website, as opposed to the Interet in general.

Any ideas?


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1 posted on 12/23/2008 5:55:03 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Labyrinthos

Does your computer have a unique firewall the others don’t?


2 posted on 12/23/2008 5:59:16 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Labyrinthos

You seem to have cleaned everything there is to clean, so I have to assume that Google has hacked your PC.

Jokes aside, take a look in the tools and make sure FR wasn’t accidently added to your blocked site list. Crazier things have happened.


3 posted on 12/23/2008 5:59:16 PM PST by TheNewPundit
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To: Labyrinthos

I know my employer has not blocked access, because I own the business.

Oxymoron?


4 posted on 12/23/2008 5:59:28 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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To: Labyrinthos

I’m not a computer geek, but there is something else to consider. At times I cannot get certain sites due to weather conditions and/or trunk conditions;so I go to another server to get the sites and/or to get to the sites in a more timely manner.


5 posted on 12/23/2008 6:02:21 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Labyrinthos

“Owning your own business” only goes so far in the New American Idol business environment being built for us. Has Rod Blagoyovich appointed Caroline Kennedy as your IT manager without your knowing it, and maybe you just haven’t gotten the memo?


6 posted on 12/23/2008 6:03:14 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Our government is an edifice of artifice.)
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To: Labyrinthos
Here's your problem...

...easily remedied by moving to Linux or Mac.

7 posted on 12/23/2008 6:03:15 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: Labyrinthos

Maybe DNS?

The next time it happens, try opening a command prompt, and type:

ipconfig /flushdns

then hit enter, wait a few seconds, and the try reloading the page.


8 posted on 12/23/2008 6:03:35 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: big'ol_freeper
...easily remedied by moving to Linux or Mac.

In this case, you're recommending the equivalent of a quadruple bypass operation for a case of indigestion.

Get real, please.
9 posted on 12/23/2008 6:05:19 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: Labyrinthos

If the kell button is loose certain signifiers will transmogrify into micro-zots. Beware!


10 posted on 12/23/2008 6:08:20 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: mkjessup
Get real

Exactly my point. No need to put up with Microsoft BS.

11 posted on 12/23/2008 6:12:35 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: Labyrinthos
Most likely a flaky router between you and FR. Next time it happens run a trace route and see where it's dying. Open a command prompt and trace your route to FR's address (209.157.64.200) by entering - tracert 209.157.64.200 209.157.64.200 is FR's address.
12 posted on 12/23/2008 6:13:10 PM PST by grunt03 (live free or die)
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To: grunt03
Open a command prompt and trace your route to FR's address (209.157.64.200) by entering - tracert 209.157.64.200 < enter > 209.157.64.200 is FR's address.

I'll blame it on the spiked eggnog.
13 posted on 12/23/2008 6:17:19 PM PST by grunt03 (live free or die)
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To: big'ol_freeper; Labyrinthos

Why must every legitimate software question be hijacked by an iSnob?


14 posted on 12/23/2008 6:19:23 PM PST by kdot
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To: Labyrinthos

I would think the next thing to try would be an alternate DNS provider. DNS is the service offered by your provider that turns our “www.freerepublic.com” into an IP address. This service is usually put on overloaded servers, unfortunately.

I use OpenDNS, a free service, instead. They offer a much better service. Easy instructions at the link.

http://www.opendns.com


15 posted on 12/23/2008 6:20:52 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: Labyrinthos

Easy workaround is to install another browser (like Firefox) and completely avoid IE.


16 posted on 12/23/2008 6:21:35 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: kdot

I agree. It’s really pathetic and not a help at all to someone who is trying to make something quickly work.


17 posted on 12/23/2008 6:22:41 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Good point. And the new beta for Firefox 3.1 is considerably faster in rendering than the old one, which was faster than IE anyway.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html


18 posted on 12/23/2008 6:24:26 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: Cindy
Does your computer have a unique firewall the others don’t?

It does. My firewall is part of Norton Internet Security 2009. I still had the same access problems, however, when I uninstalled NIS.

19 posted on 12/23/2008 6:24:49 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: big'ol_freeper

Some of us are too old or tired of advances to “change”....switching to Mac doesn’t cut it, so please cut the bullshit, and stay on topic. Thanks in advance.


20 posted on 12/23/2008 6:25:49 PM PST by ErnBatavia ("Zero"..STILL using that stupid "Office of The President Elect" podium....)
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To: Labyrinthos
I built the machine I currently use. I'm running Vista. I've never had a problem logging on to FR. There is no conspiracy keeping you off FR. Something else is going on with your system.
21 posted on 12/23/2008 6:27:38 PM PST by LiberConservative (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year FReepers!)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Nothing wrong with Windows except for their Vista. Windows XP Professional works fine for me.


22 posted on 12/23/2008 6:27:59 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: mkjessup
Get real, please.

It's actually fairly easy to test.

1-Set your computer to boot first from the CD drive. Unless you have a bootable CD in the drive, it isn't going to do anything to your system.

Go to Distrowatch, and download the ISO for a bootable Linux (Ubuntu, if you want a full featured one with lots of bells and whistles, something like Puppy if you want a small one that's quick, but fairly lean in features).

3 - Burn the ISO to a CD (don't copy, just burn the image, usually by clicking on it).

4 - Make sure that the computer is plugged into an ethernet cable and the new cd is in the drive.

5- reboot

Run the connection wizard, if necessary

6 - open the browser (Firefox or SeaMonkey)

7 - Test the connection by going to CNN

Try going to FR.

23 posted on 12/23/2008 6:29:45 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Labyrinthos
Are the DNS settings the same on the problem computer as the other computers.

You should also clear out your cookies, temp internet files, and browsing history. That sometimes cures 'twilight zone' issues with IE.

You should also give Firefox a try.



24 posted on 12/23/2008 6:53:34 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Labyrinthos

Hmmm...Well, this isn’t a thrill, but maybe a reinstall might be the ticket.
Maybe geeks can provide a better answer than this.


25 posted on 12/23/2008 6:57:30 PM PST by Cindy
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To: ConservativeMind

I use satellite service cause I live in the country, can I use the Open DNS?


26 posted on 12/23/2008 6:59:56 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: big'ol_freeper

I’m dabbling in Linux these days. Any idea where I can get a driver for a Lexmark wireless printer?


27 posted on 12/23/2008 7:02:26 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

Sorry but you have entered the land of Linux reality.

Open source is grrrrreeeeaaat! they say. Until you need a driver.

The Slashdot types would tell you to write it yourself. Rude but it’s really the only option unless the OEM supplies one.


28 posted on 12/23/2008 7:19:21 PM PST by relictele
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To: Robert DeLong

That won’t be a problem. Any DNS you use outside of DNS caching in your router or computer will need to go out over the long travel time to come back. OpenDNS is a more reliable DNS option, but for satellite service, you may not notice a speed increase.


29 posted on 12/23/2008 7:27:11 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: mkjessup
See if your employer will allow you to install a decent browser such as Firefox, and junk the Internet Exploder.

Also, when was the last time you ran a virus scan?

30 posted on 12/23/2008 8:24:24 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: jwalsh07
If it's not available in Gutenprint (check you package manger to see if it's installed), check out TurboPrint.

TurboPrint helped me out with a Canon MX850, which in Canon's infinite stupidity, wrote proprietary communication protocols for. I've never been so *issed. Been a Canon customer for decades.

31 posted on 12/23/2008 8:29:25 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: big'ol_freeper; kdot; Labyrinthos
Get real
Exactly my point. No need to put up with Microsoft BS.


There really isn't any need to put up with an iSnob* and their kneejerk posts about "get a Mac, get Linux, get rid of Microsoft" on each and every tech question there is. It would not surprise me that if the original poster had asked for help due to a questionable power cable, you would be right there saying "get a Mac, go Linux, it's a Microsoft problem".

The guy has a browser issue. And there is more than one browser available (example Firefox, which I use myself).

Give it a rest.

[* w/full credit to Freeper 'kdot' and an LOL]
32 posted on 12/23/2008 10:17:56 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: PAR35

I don’t need to test a thing. I have no problem with XP and I’ve already played with the various flavors of Linux, and nobody has been able to demonstrate to me why I should ‘change’.

Funny, how the 0bamunists and their ‘change’ mantra sound suspiciously like Linux fanatics, lol


33 posted on 12/23/2008 10:21:33 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: AFreeBird
See if your employer will allow you to install a decent browser such as Firefox, and junk the Internet Exploder.
Also, when was the last time you ran a virus scan?


Wrong poster. ;)
34 posted on 12/23/2008 10:23:29 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: Labyrinthos
So, what was your workaround? Were you successful?

FReegards,
Z

35 posted on 12/24/2008 6:25:02 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: kdot

iSnob

*snort*

i like it!


36 posted on 12/24/2008 6:30:04 AM PST by woollyone ("When the tide is low, even a shrimp has its own puddle." - Vance Havner)
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To: Labyrinthos

Are you there?


37 posted on 12/24/2008 6:33:42 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: mkjessup

Well how the heck did that happen?


38 posted on 12/24/2008 7:05:03 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: big'ol_freeper
...easily remedied by moving to Linux or Mac

If, instead, he drove a Pontiac, this wouldn't be a problem.

Aren't we both so very clever?

39 posted on 12/24/2008 8:04:10 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Labyrinthos
Try using a different browser such as Firefox or SeaMonkey..IE is a piece of junk!
40 posted on 12/24/2008 8:09:50 AM PST by vigilante2 (Thank You Troops)
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To: laotzu

One of us is.


41 posted on 12/24/2008 8:13:23 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: big'ol_freeper
Alas, neither of us was really any help.

Of course, neither of us really wanted to be.

Just a couple of stand-up guys.

42 posted on 12/24/2008 8:21:38 AM PST by laotzu
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To: mkjessup
I have no problem with XP

I could have said that as well, until M$ released a patch which blocked internet access. I had to turn off the automatic updates after I got that one fixed.

But, if you have no problems, perhaps you should upgrade to Vista to get some for free.

43 posted on 12/24/2008 12:34:37 PM PST by PAR35
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