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XP refuses to open microsoft.com

By Galaxy High
Sep 14, 2005
  1. why, oh why, will my computer not open certain sites?
    I have tried IE and firefox both dont seem to work

    here is a list so far...

    microsoft (the irony)
    ebay
    imdb
    download
    zdnet
    + many others

    any help much appreciated
    sam
     
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Silly question perhaps - do you use a router, and do you use AOL for your internet?

    Those very same sites fail to open in these circumstances when the MTU is set incorrectly.
     
  3. Galaxy High

    Galaxy High TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    yes i do use a router and i am signed up to AOL, but dont use their broweser. What is MTU??

    cheers again
    sam
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  5. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Change the MTU for your connection to 1400 on BOTH your router (then reboot it) and then XP (as per the guide posted by RBS above.)
     
  6. Galaxy High

    Galaxy High TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Cheers guys!!!

    I owe you both a pint!

    Regards,
    Sam
     
  7. Galaxy High

    Galaxy High TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Reprise

    I've become stuck, again.
    I've recently acquired a new-ish PC, for free.
    I've hooked it up to the router and everything seems fine.
    Until, I have the same prblem as last time, not being able to visit microsoft.com (see first post)
    It cant be anything to do with my router (can it?) as I used the Router config thing (cheers RBS) successfuly on my laptop.

    Any help, as always, much apreciated.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Well, try it out and see if it fixes the problem. Cheers! :grinthumb
     
  9. Galaxy High

    Galaxy High TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    nahh, no change.
     
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Check the router's website for a firmware update. Read the specifics of the update, then install it if it includes your problem.
    Netgear DG834G had this problem (DNS Proxy could fail over time), which was fixed by a firmware update.
     
  11. Galaxy High

    Galaxy High TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Yeah man.
    Firmware. I had no idea how I managed to sort it out so, sheer fluke, so I cant really say what I did.

    Thanx for all your help guys.

    MTU at 1400, cheers spike.
     
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