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Strange Internet Problem (Udate: fixed.) Answered


Am I missing something?

Unusually, Instructables appears to be the only website working on the internet.

Any other website I try to connect to except ibles just times out on me.

BBC, Google (including groups and gmail), Notcot, Birdguides, Hotmail, XKCD, QuestionableContent...

They all tell me that Firefox can't find the server. 

I've tried reloads, restarts.  What next?


Edit: as I've been typing this, ibles has been slow and won't upload a screenshot to go with this post.

Edit: Trying with my laptop, I can't even get on ibles.

(PC using Windows XP & Firefox, netbook using Linux and Firefox)

Edit: multiple clearings of the cache and deletion of the entire browser history, plus a period of total shut-down of all associated hardware seems to have fixed the problem.


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resophonicguitarist (author)2010-10-29

You might have had a virus.

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fwjs28 (author)2010-10-23

clear the cache, try a different DNS server (google DNS is 8.8.8.8 and their second is 8.8.4.4 I think) try reseting your router..uhm, not a clue :\

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Kiteman (author)fwjs282010-10-23

Clearing the cache didn't work.

I think I'll shut the whole shebang down and try again. See you in a while...

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fwjs28 (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

oh, and have you tried something other than FF?

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Kiteman (author)fwjs282010-10-23

IE's as bad.

I've left everything, including the wireless box, switched off for a few minutes.

I can still get here (obviously), but nothing past the front page of the BBC, and hotmail works to log in, but on logging out it tells me I haven't finished logging out.

Damned weird.

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JamesRPatrick (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

Have you tried beating the computer into submission?

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Kiteman (author)JamesRPatrick2010-10-23

Does sarcasm count?

(I've been getting "503" for ibles for the last half hour up until now...)

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DavidRobertson (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

I second attempting to use other DNS servers.

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Kiteman (author)DavidRobertson2010-10-23

How do I go about doing that?

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DavidRobertson (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

On windows xp:
Go to Control Panel>Network Connections and select your local network.
Click Properties, then select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
Click Properties.
Select "Use the following DNS server addresses"
Enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (Google public DNS).
Press OK.

For linux the method will vary depending on the distrobution you use.

If this solves the problem, it means that your ISP's DNS servers are at fault.

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fwjs28 (author)DavidRobertson2010-10-23

distribution *
And yes, David is right if I remember correctly..
Also if you are running vista or Win7 try reseting the Local Area Network adapter LAN or NIC card it may also be called. This can be done by right clicking the network card in the task bar, clicking network connections (Bear with me, I'm on Ubuntu so I may be slightly wrong) and find the LAN card, right click and disable, then enable. If you are using XP go to start>Connect to>all connections, find the LAN and disable/enable.

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Kiteman (author)fwjs282010-10-23

Thanks.

I'm actually on XP.

Clearing the cache several times, deleting the browser history completely, and leaving the whole system power-off for an hour seems to have worked.

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JamesRPatrick (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

Fantastic!By the way what's your favorite dinosaur?

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Kiteman (author)JamesRPatrick2010-10-23

Easy: Baryonyx walkeri.

Why?

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fwjs28 (author)JamesRPatrick2010-10-23

Least favorite? Now that's easy, velociraptor or "dromaeosaurid theropod"

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Lithium Rain (author)fwjs282010-10-23

You do realize that "dromaeosaurid theropod", while an accurate classification insofar as it goes, is most definitely not the proper name of the dinosaur popularly known as Velociraptor, which is a genus in the family Dromaeosauridae of the suborder Theropoda, (not a species - there are two species of Velociraptor, V. mongoliensis and V. osmolskae), right?

(Also that Jurassic Park's raptors were anything but Velociraptors?)

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24

The third film's version were closer, being smaller and feathered.

As well as a favourite species, I also have a favourite specific fossil.  Just look at that adorable face...


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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

Yeah, I suppose...although it strikes me as a bit charitable to call the little quill-like protuberances "feathers". (Haha, I just gave a speech on this exact subject...)

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24

Much as he denied it, Spielberg's beasts were always behind the palaeontological cutting-edge.

Some fossils show that the dromeosaurids were downright fluffy.

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fwjs28 (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

Spielberg is a funny last name.... Like Schwarzenegger.

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Kiteman (author)fwjs282010-10-24

Please remember the "Be Nice" policy.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

...? I honestly don't see the violation here...

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fwjs28 (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

All I said was that it's funny :(
And I just reread your comment and it looked like Spielberg's breasts were always behind... *giggle*

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

Yes, very - and then of course he was stuck with outdated dinos, and couldn't very well fix them as radically as they needed in the sequels... OoooOOOoo, huggable! Squishable! LOVABLE! <3

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fwjs28 (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24

You sir, make me giggle ferociously.

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Lithium Rain (author)fwjs282010-10-24
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JamesRPatrick (author)Kiteman2010-10-24

But they weren't real dinosaurs. They were scientific frog-mutant creations.

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fwjs28 (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-23

I realize this. Also does this come straight from the wiki? :P

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Lithium Rain (author)fwjs282010-10-24

The species names did (I couldn't remember the second one), and I double checked my facts there...but no, not really - just to verify name spelling and that I wasn't confusing family with order. :P

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My favorite dinosaur is the Jurassic Park Velociraptor.

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JamesRPatrick (author)fwjs282010-10-23

Velociraptor is my favorite.

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I take that back. My favorite dinosaur is Thesaurus.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-10-23

I know you've fixed it, but please, please, please, never use IE. Even for a test. Download Chrome or something instead to check if Firefox has gone wonky.

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fwjs28 (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-23

Why? Internet Explorer is the best browser ever made........
For Downloading a better browser
*troll face*

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NachoMahma (author)2010-10-23

. If changing the DNS doesn't work, try turning off your firewall & anti-malware software and see what happens.

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It's not a terrible suggestion, especially since he's using a "wireless box" and probably has a hardware firewall he's not even aware of.

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Good point about the hardware firewall. I guess I'm still a little shell-shocked when it comes to telling users to shut off their firewalls and anti-virus...sometimes they say "hey it's fixed" and don't want to turn them back on ever again, because "I don't need that stuff and it just messes my computer up". :|

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24

I now have more bits of Norton switched on than I did before the problem, including the bit that scans any document created using Microsoft software, just in case there's something dodgy hidden within.

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There are many, many things of which I am unaware.

(Apparently)

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NachoMahma (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24

. Perhaps I should have inserted " for a very short time" after the word "software." But I figured that the K-Man would understand that leaving them off would be a very bad idea (unlike some ppl I know heehee). If killing the firewall/anti-malware will allow him to connect, he knows where the problem is.

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lemonie (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24


Did you watch that series?

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Lithium Rain (author)lemonie2010-10-24

Yep, still do in fact (I watch it with my mom), I'm very sad as I've almost caught up to it and only have one more episode left...

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lemonie (author)Lithium Rain2010-10-24


I like that, one of them also featured in "Garth Marenghi's Dark Place", but it was a bit of a flop....

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