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ESPN won't load properly

By Rjcrichard
Jun 23, 2015
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  1. ESPN won't load properly on any of my devices at my home. It is the only site this happens.

    I get a non-html page after a long time, or it just times out.

    Have latest Chrome on the PC, Safari on iPHone 6, etc..

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    The base URL is http://espn.go.com/ and specific sports add a dir name,
    eg http://espn.go.com//nba.

    EITHER of those are just webpages and not streaming - - So can you be more specific on the "non-html page" you get?
     
  3. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes. The base url, or any espn associated page won't load quickly. AFter about 20 seconds, all I get are blue links, aligned down the left hand side of the page. You can see it below. I did a print screen, but the right screen is my second monitor. Sorry.

    No other websites are doing this. If I click on any of the links, the same thing happens. Thx for any help.

    upload_2015-6-23_10-54-47.png
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    AHH; the left side IS html -- just it is missing some CSS to perform the layout desired.
    Let me look - - -
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    The CSS on the site is special case code, meaning, the desired CSS is conditionally loaded.

    It is possible that there is no default and thus no css loaded at all

    Here's what I get using Firefox:
    Code:
    <!--[if IE 9]>   <<<< THIS IS A REAL CSS
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://a.espncdn.com/redesign/0.259.8/css/styles.css">
    <style>
    #main-container {
    visibility:visible !important;
    }
    </style>
    <![endif]-->
    <!--[if !IE]><!-->  <<<< THIS SAYS NOT IE and creates the following 
    <link  class="page-type-include" rel="stylesheet" rel="http://a.espncdn.com/redesign/0.259.8/css/page.css">
    <!--<![endif]-->
    
    [edit] copy/paste corrected LINK [/edit]

    Try using the standard IE browser and report back
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2015
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    My Chrome 43.0.2357.... produces the same css as the firefox
     
  7. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tried IE and the same thing happens. Same on my iphone too. And ipad. I just checked and it only happens on the wifi at my house. If I turn off wifi, then my phone loads the page.

    Thanks for the tip on the CSS.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    Get a command prompt
    cd to \windows\system32\drivers\etc

    type
    • find "a.espncdn.com" hosts
    does it return something like "127.0.0.1 ??a.espncdn.com"
     
  9. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry. I don't know how to do that. Been trying but can't seem to use the command prompt correctly.
     
  10. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I typed "find a.espncdn.com" hosts
    and the reply was
    HOSTS
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    Here's my result:
    C:\Users\Jeff>find "espncdn.com" \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    ---------- \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS
    C:\Users\Jeff>​
    which says "espncdn.com" is NOT in the hosts file

    trying something else:
    C:\Users\Jeff>find "zero-codec.com" \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    ---------- \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS
    127.0.0.1 www.zero-codec.com
    127.0.0.1 zero-codec.com​
    says it is in the hosts file and that will cause ALL access
    to "zero-codec.com" to be denied
     
  12. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I entered that

    find "zero-codec.com" \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    but it returned:
    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS

    Sorry I am not a better student. Groping way through this.
     
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    You did just fine IF there was nothing following the path name and that means your host file is not blocking the domain name "zero-codec.com"
     
  14. Rjcrichard

    Rjcrichard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you. So is there anything else I can try?
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,336   +622

    If the url is still a.espncdn.com,
    • can you PING a.espncdn.com ??

    btw: that domain is served by akamai.net - - a CDN used to offload data
    my access is via a1589.g1.akamai.net
    • can ping a1589.g1.akamai.net ??
     

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