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Browsers can't connect to Internet

by webacons / July 12, 2008 10:55 AM PDT

I'm running an HP Compaq computer with Vista Basic, Intel Celeron 356, Processor 3.3 GHz, RAM 512 MB, Hard Drive 120 GB. I know I don't have the strongest, or biggest computer, but it's worked well so far.

BUT, here's my problem: Lately I have problems loading my browser. I usually use Firefox but I also tried IE and they both can take up to 1 hour to finally get to my home page. I read my email online. Sometimes I can't even read my mail - it says it has a problem loading it. Other times I can read the mail, but when I try to respond, it says there's an error and the message can't be sent. Obviously, I can't do any surfing either.

My Internet provider wasn't any help. They ended up saying it might be my modem.

The thing is, one day everything works fine and the next it takes forever to get anywhere. If it is my modem, isn't it also the modem that connects the instant messenger? Because I can get the messenger without problems and it works fine - even when the browser won't work at all.

Another thing I tried when I'm having browser problems was to restart the computer. Sometimes that works and I don't have a problem with the browser.

Is something wrong with my computer? It's only 1 year old!

Thanks for any and all comments.

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So is this a dial up modem?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2008 11:00 AM PDT

If so, please try another.

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So sorry
by webacons / July 12, 2008 12:28 PM PDT

I failed to mention an important part. No I'm not on dial-up - I have Rogers/Yahoo highspeed DSL. There is no exterior problem - everything works fine and my connection is fine. I've had this problem over the last few months, but just every now and then. Lately, I've had browser connection problems for the last 3 days.

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Since the instant messenger
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2008 12:44 PM PDT
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I tried that, but
by webacons / July 13, 2008 12:43 AM PDT

no luck. I had already scanned with my own programs: Avast and Spybot and I was almost sorry nothing turned up. I am still at a loss with this problem. So I downloaded the programs you suggested, and no malware was detected by them either. Strangely enough, today I had no browser problems - so far.

Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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"today I had no browser problems - so far."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2008 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: I tried that, but

Then there is nothing to fix. Your ISP could have had issues.

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Here's hoping.
by webacons / July 13, 2008 5:05 AM PDT

I thought it must be my ISP, but of course they'll never admit to anything. Of course I've had other days with no browser troubles too, so I'm not sure this is resolved.

So then you don't think this could be a modem problem?

Thanks. I'll report back if the problem returns.

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Could be.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2008 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's hoping.

I have a spare DSL modem and router for friends to borrow to sniff out such. But as DSL use is in sharp decline I find it's rarely borrowed any more. It did nail such an issue more than once.

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I did speed check
by webacons / July 13, 2008 11:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Could be.

and discovered my download speed is only 219 kbps instead of 512, and my upload speed is 54.6 kbps instead of 256. What does this mean? Is there a problem with my computer?

This morning I opened Firefox and was able to get my online mail, but could not browse. I tried IE and it works better, but slowly, which is why I did the speed check.

I don't understand what is happening here.

Thanks again.

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When it's down...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2008 12:01 AM PDT
In reply to: I did speed check

You need to have the ISP run it's checks. My neighbor had a defective 327w DSL wifi router. While my router+dsl modem worked they had to get theirs replaced. At least the ISP was able to spot the failure.

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It's ISP's problem??
by webacons / July 14, 2008 1:29 AM PDT
In reply to: When it's down...

And you think they need to supply me with a new modem? 'Cause when I called them they kept telling me the problem was probably with my computer. Just to worry me, I suppose.

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DSL ISPs have...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2008 5:45 AM PDT
In reply to: It's ISP's problem??

Diagnostics they run on their end. Maybe I misread your post and you are not on DSL?

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No, no
by webacons / July 14, 2008 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: DSL ISPs have...

you read my post fine. I AM on DSL and now I'm wondering if the problem is the little box they supply you with - it's called a modem, right?

Could that be why my speeds are less than half they should be?

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by webacons / July 14, 2008 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: No, no

my ISP never offered to test anything. I never spoke to a tech either - maybe I should ask for one the next time I call. I just spoke with a customer rep.

I'm also wondering why IE works a little better than Firefox. I always preferred Firefox.

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(NT) Here, Verizon does the tests on the second call..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2008 6:02 AM PDT
In reply to: PLUS
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Here, Verizon does the tests on the second call..
by webacons / July 14, 2008 6:37 AM PDT

Ah! Good to know. I'll keep an eye on how it goes and let you know what happens. Thanks for all your help.

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