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Suggestions to make your FR pages load faster ^ | 10/29/12 | self

Posted on 10/30/2012 5:16:13 PM PDT by boop

Why is Free Republic so slow to load, and when it does, it throws me off and I get the "Cannot connect" message from Windows. And it's NOT just during debates. It's happening all the time now. Is it just MY computer? I know HuffPo is down because of the storm, but FR is out of California. In the 12 years I've been here I've never had so much trouble with this site. Until about a month ago.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Free Republic Policy/Q&A
KEYWORDS: freerepublic; frproblems; hinkey; messedup; slow
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1 posted on 10/30/2012 5:16:16 PM PDT by boop
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To: boop
Are you logged in?

;-}

2 posted on 10/30/2012 5:20:11 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: boop

i noticed mine is extremely slow to load, but loads other sites fast—strange


3 posted on 10/30/2012 5:20:36 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: boop

Same problem here. I’ve found other more reliable sites to compensate for FR hardware/software problems.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 5:21:00 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

It’s getting bad.


5 posted on 10/30/2012 5:22:36 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: unixfox
A smart ass answer to a serious question is always helpful when on a site that barely limps along.....at best.

the place is shutting itself down.

6 posted on 10/30/2012 5:23:38 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (ABO)
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To: boop

It’s a secret government plot to take your mind off Benghazi.


7 posted on 10/30/2012 5:23:58 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: boop

I thought it was just my computer. I just hit “post reply” maybe 7 or 8 times right on this post before it finally got this far.

It is actually happening on 3 different computers I have, tho oddly enough I have an older one with Windows Vista and it seems to work far better than the others.

Now I will have to hi “post several times and hope I don’t get a double post.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 5:24:37 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: CAluvdubya

Lighten up Francis.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 5:24:44 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: boop
Same problem here.

I now right click on links I want to access, then copy and go to a new window and load it that way.

I notice FR has problems frequently, but I believe it to be the result of leftist hackers.

10 posted on 10/30/2012 5:25:22 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama Lied, Stevens died.)
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To: boop

Go on over to the FreeRepublic2 yahoo chat group for the continuing slug fest over what’s happening and what to do about it. It is not just you:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freerepublic2/


11 posted on 10/30/2012 5:25:33 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: boop

I thought it was just my computer. I just hit “post reply” maybe 7 or 8 times right on this post before it finally got this far.

It is actually happening on 3 different computers I have, tho oddly enough I have an older one with Windows Vista and it seems to work far better than the others.

Now I will have to hi “post several times and hope I don’t get a double post.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 5:26:22 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: boop
Same problem here.

I now right click on links I want to access, then copy and go to a new window and load it that way.

I notice FR has problems frequently, but I believe it to be the result of leftist hackers.

13 posted on 10/30/2012 5:26:42 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama Lied, Stevens died.)
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To: boop

It has s-l-o-w-l-y gotten worse. It used to be just during high traffic times. Now, it takes forever to load all the time, articles, don’t come up, and heaven help you if you actually want to post a comment.

Jim, you guys have done great for a dozen years, but it is time to seek professional assistance to solve the problem.


14 posted on 10/30/2012 5:27:30 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: APatientMan
LOL! In my conspiratorial mind I have thought that Jim Robinson was "compromised". But I know that ain't so.

I could buy the hacking theory by the Left, though.

15 posted on 10/30/2012 5:27:36 PM PDT by boop ("I can't trust anybody! What are you trying to do to me? Everybody is trying to cut me down, destroy)
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To: boop

Hey, ya’ll. I’m now whiz bang computer nerd. But my guess is that we are 6 days outside of an election and the house is packed.

The HVAC ain’t pumpin enough air, too many toilets are flushing and the entrances and exits are blocked.

Be proud that the slow tide is a swell of FReepers engaging to turn this ship.

(It’s my guess)


16 posted on 10/30/2012 5:27:45 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: boop

17 posted on 10/30/2012 5:27:48 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: boop; Jim Robinson

Jim has addressed this in a few places, but I’m going to link to them so you can see them:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2951974/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2951988/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2948878/posts

I’m also pinging Jim in case he wants to add more.


18 posted on 10/30/2012 5:28:25 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: boop

It is bad. This is such a base web site, there is no reason that it should be so terribly slow.


19 posted on 10/30/2012 5:29:04 PM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: boop

I would like to collaborate with fellow Freepers on a conservative comedy show(s).
This doesn’t have anything to do with internet speed but I had to fit it in somewhere.


20 posted on 10/30/2012 5:33:49 PM PDT by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: boop

Who knows? It’s either GWB or Sandy.


21 posted on 10/30/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: boop

Freepers are just going to have to cough up more bucks so that Jim can afford more band width.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 5:34:53 PM PDT by svxdave (Life is too short to wear a fake Rolex.)
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To: boop
Francis won't lighten up, that's what's wrong!


23 posted on 10/30/2012 5:35:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Truth29
Last evening when ConEd pulled the plug on Manhattan access to FR speeded up tremendously.

'splain that!

24 posted on 10/30/2012 5:37:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: boop

same here, you are not alone.


25 posted on 10/30/2012 5:37:38 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: leapfrog0202

I tried to visit your links (all 3 pages) but it wouldn’t load any of them.


26 posted on 10/30/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Michael.SF.

It’s not hackers. Those kind of claims are just ducking the issue.

From what I have seen and what little information has been reported, it’s a database problem. There is either a table fragmentation problem or the size of the database has just outgrown the design/implementation of the software. It’s not likely to be a hardware limitation.

However, all offers of professional help have been spurned, at least publicly. Maybe after the election, it will be reconsidered.

In the meantime, I have been looking for info elsewhere, and dropping in only when things are hanging together long enough for me to pick up some links to articles elsewhere.


27 posted on 10/30/2012 5:38:38 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: boop

The big east coast storm has bottle necked server traffic.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 5:39:51 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: leapfrog0202

I tried to visit your links (all 3 pages) but it wouldn’t load any of them.


29 posted on 10/30/2012 5:41:57 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: exPBRrat

FR servers are on the west coast.

And this problem has been getting steadily worse for the past month or so.


30 posted on 10/30/2012 5:45:03 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: exPBRrat

It’s not the storm. This Site is poorly managed.


31 posted on 10/30/2012 5:46:06 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: boop

During the early hours of the day today I had nothing but trouble getting a connection too FReeRepublic.It seemed like every time I tried to connect I would get a 502 Warning message.

I have No Idea what the 502 Message even involved but it was aggravating to say the least.


32 posted on 10/30/2012 5:46:21 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: boop

I have no problems with FR at all. Even on debate nights, I had little trouble. I have a modest machine running Firefox on w7, and a Verizon DSL connection which is not exactly their fastest pipe. I am no IT person. There are no problems loading. It’s not any slower than anything else. This suggests to me that other people may be having trouble related to their hardware, their software, their ISP, their browser, local traffic, or home conditions. (If you’re sharing your network with a teenage gamer, yes, he’s going to suck up all the bandwidth and it will be a nuisance. Ask me how I know!)


33 posted on 10/30/2012 5:46:39 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: exPBRrat
The big east coast storm has bottle necked server traffic.

Could be. I'm having trouble with many sites. Oddly, FR is behaving better than most.

34 posted on 10/30/2012 5:46:49 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (2010 All Over Again. Make it happen. Get Busy!)
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To: Michael.SF.

Oh. ok.

I believe it’s Santa Claus, teh Easter Bunnies, and Toof Fairy...


35 posted on 10/30/2012 5:47:08 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: South40

I normally use Opera v12, but have to use Firefox v16 to get in here, since the 1st debate. FR’s been downright hostile to Opera, but FF is quicker here.


36 posted on 10/30/2012 5:48:03 PM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: South40

Just seems very slow right now. I find that if it continues to run, I hit the X on the address bar so that it stops running and then hit it one more time, that seems to help.

Good luck.


37 posted on 10/30/2012 5:48:34 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: boop

fundraiser.


38 posted on 10/30/2012 5:49:48 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: boop

Have seen the same thing since the second debate. it must be a DOS attack.

Often get the bad connect at initial loading or when going to “reply or preview and post”, reloading the page maybe works 1 out of 8 times.

Surely FR knows they are and have been having a serious problem. Would really be a nice jesture if someone @ FR posted what’s going on. Otherwise have to assume they have lost server accounts or are now working off an old Commador 64...


39 posted on 10/30/2012 5:50:58 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: ottbmare
This suggests to me that other people may be having trouble related to their hardware, their software, their ISP, their browser, local traffic, or home conditions. (If you’re sharing your network with a teenage gamer, yes, he’s going to suck up all the bandwidth and it will be a nuisance. Ask me how I know!)

Yeah, that's it. A month or two ago, almost everyone on this site suddenly and coincidentally began experiencing slow (or no) response due purely to self-inflicted problems. The common denominator might appear to be Free Republic, but that can't possibly be it. LOL.

40 posted on 10/30/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: boop

Seems to work great now.


41 posted on 10/30/2012 5:52:12 PM PDT by GilGil
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To: leapfrog0202

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42 posted on 10/30/2012 5:52:22 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: unixfox

Are you logged in?

;-}

I found not logging makes the pages load faster. Less overhead to download.


43 posted on 10/30/2012 5:52:44 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: ottbmare
This suggests to me that other people may be having trouble related to their hardware, their software, their ISP, their browser, local traffic, or home conditions.

If I am, it's a problem that only exists with connecting to FR. I visit dozens of other sites daily, some forums, others just web pages, and nothing malfunctions like the slow loads/no loads at FR.

44 posted on 10/30/2012 5:53:05 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: NittanyLion

Some of the postings you see on theses types of threads could come right out of the mouth of Jay Carney in defense of Barack Obama they are so ridiculous.


45 posted on 10/30/2012 5:54:00 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: NittanyLion

I know, I know—it sounds self-congratulatory. I don’t know anything about computers and I’m not trying to pat myself on the back. I just have no problems with FR and it’s kind of a mystery. JimRob and the gang are 3200 miles away from me, so proximity isn’t the reason. But maybe there’s something about my ISP or local traffic being handled expeditiously because we’re near D.C.


46 posted on 10/30/2012 5:59:09 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: X-spurt

Yeah that’s what it is.

Everytime anything happens in the world Anonymous fires up its gear and attacks the website so that a few hundred people can’t talk about it for a few hours or so.

Diabolical.


47 posted on 10/30/2012 5:59:25 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Leep

I used to be a fairly decent writer and am an experienced production and tv engineering person. Lately I have been trying to get on the writing horse with Movie Magic Screenwriter. I miss my Tv stuff in some respects and interested in a serious collaboration.


48 posted on 10/30/2012 5:59:50 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: boop

FR is a very old web design that doesn’t use AJAX (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29). People are always reloading for the latest update and instead of fetching just the update, the entire page must be loaded. Unlike other popular conservative forums, FR allows links to images so this is another major factor.


49 posted on 10/30/2012 6:01:38 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: boop

This is the message that I frequently get when I try to bring up a FR story: “Failure To Connect To Web Server.” Is this what we’re talking about?

And yes, Mr. or Ms. SmartaZZ, I am logged in.

P.S. The above is what I also get as I try to post this message.


50 posted on 10/30/2012 6:03:51 PM PDT by OldPossum
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