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issue with IE, firefox, and cable/dsl

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by IvanMike, Mar 23, 2005.


  1. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    hey there, i got hipped to firefox via a few threads on TB/OT.

    anyhow, i use a pc with XP home. i generally get all the updates from MS. for a long time i used comcast cable as an ISP, lately i had to move and am hooked up to sbc dsl via a linksys router of mine.

    every so often i've had IE tell me that there is no internet connection when there is (i.e., i can hook up to other programs that connect to the internet without IE). usually i was able to hit "cancel" on the prompt, and go about my business. some time after moving to the location with the sbc dsl, (i may have gotten an xp update since then, i dunno), IE has totally refused to work, prompting me to connect to the internet no matter what. this probably started a week ago. however, firefox works just fine.

    any clue what's up with IE??
     
  2. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Weird, I had the same problem with IE, it just stopped working one day (wouldnt launch, kept getting the "IE has encountered a problem and must shutdown") even though I downloaded and installed the newest version (after doing an in-place XP upgrade).

    Firefox is fine though.

    I had a similar problem where a Broadband connection was "up" but IE wouldnt display any websites (check network settings and try again etc) so I ran this doohicky

    http://www.iup.edu/house/resnet/winfix.shtm
    (use at your own risk).

    and it sorted the problem (I'm baffled though why Firefox is still working :confused: ..in my case none of the browsers would "connect" till I ran the winsockfix.exe).


    cheers
    Murf
     
  3. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    sometimes when my IE gets messed up, i delete some of the drivers (i'm forgetting which ones)....they reinstall automatically and it works again....could be corrupted drives...this does happen....

    :)
     
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Follow this from the title bar: Tools....Internet Options......Connections tab....

    What do you have selected? Never dial a connection? What about your LAN connection settings? Did you run the connection wizard at the top of that tab?

    I don't claim to have the solution, and I am not assuming you know nothing. Those are just a couple things to check out right off the top of my head.

    -Mike
     
  5. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    i did change to never dial a connection to see if it would help.
    as far as the connection wizard on my lan i'll try, but the lan is working fine for file sharing printer sharing, etc

    sbc dsl generally requires software and that you sign on with a password (ugh), but the linksys router has been configured for use with sbc dsl using the instructions from linksys. the router itself contains the passowrd and username and keeps the lan connected to sbc at all times as you cant do it via your pc when the router is in place.
     
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Looks like you have your bases covered. Sorry I could not be of more assistance. I'm sure a real IT pro will come along and resolve your troubles.

    -Mike
     
  7. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    i checked out that link but neither my pc nor any disks i have contain the file specified
     
  8. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    To continue in this vein, when you get to the Connections tab, click on the LAN Settings... button. In the window that pops up, make sure none of the 3 checkboxes are checked. Then click OK, and click OK again. If you need to, click File on the meny and click Work Online if it exists between the Properties and Close options.

    Make sure you only click if it says to Work Online. If you're online this option will say Work Offline and clicking this after spending so much time diagnosing and fixing your IE problem will make that vein in your forehead pop out and do the limbo. :)
     
  9. burntgorilla

    burntgorilla

    Jan 24, 2005
    Belfast
    I used Kerio firewall, and it completely ballsed up my IE, and Microsoft Mouse, somehow, so maybe it's a new piece of software?
     
  10. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    You have to download it, click anywhere it says WinsockXPFix.exe in the first paragraph (the text is a link).

    Also, this "might" work....try turning off then turning back on your DSL modem or router (depending on which you have).

    If you couldnt browse the net at all I'd say straight away that your TCP/IP settings had been screwed up (virus maybe??) but the fact that Firefox is working suggests it's purely an IE problem..(maybe try uninstall/re-install of IE?)


    Murf
     
  11. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Yea sure, just uninstall IE :p . Oh wait, that isn't possible now is it? ;) I guess one could try reinstalling on top of the current installation but problems like this could be due to a borked registry entry and those usually have to be resolved by hand.

    OTOH, you could always try running the internet connection wizard to see if that will reset IE.
     
  12. The obligatory "Stop Looking at Porn" post. ;)
     
  13. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Sometimes these guys: www.majorgeeks.com, can be of assistance.

    But, what's funny, is that last time I had a major problem with my computer, (a winsock error), it was the guys here that helped me infiinitely more than the geeks.
     
  14. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Dammit I knew I forgot the "wink" smiley :D

    on the other hand.........

    http://aroundcny.com/technofile/texts/bit041002.html

    (not so much an un-install, more of a "roll back")

    Aww to hell with it, stick to firefox. :bassist:
     
  15. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    YAY!!....the TB OT computer guys are geekier than real geeks!!

    YAY!!

    -Mike
     

  16. Nahh, it's just that we have much more experience resolving porno-induced computer problems. ;)
     
  17. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    ROFLMAO :D