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December 17th, 2005

(no subject) @ 02:36 am


Well, this is just great. Everything's working fine on my laptop. On my desktop, I can't use any of my web browsers (Firefox, IE, Netscape) or Outlook Express. It's not the modem, or I wouldn't be able to use my laptop to get around. It's not the Ethernet cable, or I wouldn't have been able to plug it in to my laptop, disable my wireless connection, and work on my laptop. It's got to be some weird setting inside Windows; I can ping every website and my mail server, I get a quick reply from each, but when I try to actually use the client programs, they don't work (i.e. I can't connect using them). I have the Windows firewall set; it should warn me when I try to use a program that doesn't work, but so far it hasn't.

Any ideas, anyone?
 
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From:latt
Date:December 17th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
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IMPOSSIBLE to know without having a good root about in your laptop, but my first port of call would be in Internet Explorer, Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections. There's no proxy server set up that shouldn't be there etc? And check in the Network settings bit of control panel that the settings are the same as on the laptop. Eh, I know that's nothing revolutionary. Oh, I'd probably also recommend turning off the firewall until you've got it working, I've wasted hours trying things that it's blocked and I've not realised. Good luck sir!
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From:john_holton
Date:December 17th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
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Hello, haven't heard from you in a while!

I've been over the settings in the Internet properties, and nothing seems to be out of place there. The firewalls are all off, except for the one on the cable modem, and there are no weird proxies to be concerned about. I can ping the local address for the laptop from the desktop, but not the other way around.

I'll work with it some more and see what happens. Having trouble accessing websites was the thing that got me onto this whole process in the first place, so maybe there's a virus or some sort of spyware that's doing it. Thanks for your help.
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From:majkia
Date:December 17th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
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Agree with your previous poster. Can you get to the net with messenger? That's what I always check. If I can reach the net through it, then my browser settings have somehow been screwed.

easiest way (for me) to correct such things is to delete my network card in my hardware list and let XP refind things. Generally speaking, it is wise enough to find the internet on its own (unless you have a very odd setup). I have a wireless router attached to my cable modem and XP can work its way through all of that and get me connected.
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From:john_holton
Date:December 17th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
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I can ping every website that I try to access via the browser, as well as my mail and SMTP server, and the results come roaring back, so to speak. I just can't get the client programs to talk. I've also tried TELNET to my mail server's port 110 from the desktop and can't access it, but can do so from the laptop.

I'm going to check for viruses and spyware. At this point that would probably be the best thing to do.
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From:kraftygal
Date:December 17th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
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Although this has nothing to dow ith your post (Sorry), I noticed that you went to school in Chicago. My husband grew up in Riverside and his mom is from the East Side... Just found that interesting. Aside from the fact that you also live in East Cobb!
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From:john_holton
Date:December 17th, 2005 10:05 am (UTC)
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My mother is from South Shore, which is south of the University of Chicago and which would, technically, be the east side (although I'm thinking your mother in law probably lived much further south than that). I was from Rogers Park (the far north side, along the lake, just before you get to Evanston), lived in Northfield for a few years, and moved to Back of the Yards on the south side (about 3 miles southwest of Comiskey Park). Small world, huh?

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