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Windows Me IE6 online goes crazy slow, hangs

by geegray / September 21, 2010 6:01 AM PDT

We're on dialup, using an Emachine running Windows Me, with Internet Explorer 6 as our browser. Our onine experience is frustrating. Some websites open SO slowly, then some elements are incomplete, other sites open fairly quickly, but moving up and down the page stalls, even in our home page's Yahoo search results page takes forever to scroll, and when typing in info the cursor waits before words come up. Being online is an endless hang.

We are using this machine while our newer one is in the shop. We quit using this one after about five years, had to reinstall from disk a few times, so it had problems when we set this one aside. Dialup is slow, we're used to it, but this problem is quite different. I am hoping we have some setting wrong, maybe need to delete some driver/program/update, who knows. Plez give us some tips. Thank you for any advice. GG

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Sorry for the delay.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2011 7:09 AM PST

I rarely check the old forums but when I read this I thought of a recent discussion about web servers that are now tuned to broadband speeds. That is, if a client doesn't fetch a file in a timely fashion they close the connection (the TCP/IP one) and you get partial pages.

There are no plans to fix this or changes you should do on machines or dialup.

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by nihoa / June 2, 2011 12:20 PM PDT

I suggest that use use the Firefox version 2.0 browser. That's what I'm using on my Windows ME system. I haven't had any surfing problems with it. Windows ME will not support any Firefox versions higher than 2.0. I hope this helps.

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IE6 and Dialup
by easeltine / July 11, 2011 2:06 PM PDT
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You would be helped by using the Firefox Version 2.0 browser that Nihoa mentions. It probably is the fastest, most compact browser for Windows 98/ME. I have Netscape 9, Opera, Firefox, and IE6 on the Windows ME Inspiron 8000 that I am using right at this moment. I am using Wireless DSL, I could never go back to the torture of Dialup after eating the garden of earthly delights.

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