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FTP access error

by domenicofavotto / March 13, 2008 8:16 PM PDT

When I try to access an ftp server from my computer, I cannot connect. In Firefox, when I try to type an ftp:// address into the address bar, an error appears saying Unable to Connect. Same error in IE. Same error in filezilla.

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium

please help me.

pc specs:
RAM: 768mb
cpu: intel celeron 2.4ghz
os: windows vista home premium 32bit sp0
graphics: nvidia geforce fx 5500
monitor: acer al1916w widescreen lcd monitor 19inch
display resolution: 1280x1024 dvi 32bitcolour
antivirus: kaspersky internet security
spywareanti- windows defender and spybot search and destroy

if you need more info just ask me. i am happy to give more specs and info if you need it.

please help

thank you

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Back to the basics.
by Kees Bakker / March 13, 2008 8:27 PM PDT
In reply to: FTP access error

1. Disable the firewall and try again. Might help.

2. Run the native windows command prompt version of ftp (XP has it, I'm not sure about Vista) and connect. This is an example dialog:

ftp> open
Connected with
220 (vsFTPd 1.2.2)
User ( anonymous
331 Please specify the password.
Password: <<enter your email address here>>
230 Login successful.
ftp> bye
221 Goodbye.

Note all error messages. Post your findings.


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don't work
by domenicofavotto / March 14, 2008 11:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Back to the basics.

i tryed disabling the firewall and it still does not work.
i tryed using the ftp command built in to vista but it does not work

i think this problem has something to do with the parental controls winsock lsp.

please help.


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I have to decline helping get around parental controls BUT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: don't work
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i enabled passive ftp but still dont work

i enabled passive ftp using the instructions on the webpage you gave me, but ftp still does not work.

by the way, i am the only user of this computer and i do not use parental controls.
please help


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 8:38 AM PDT

But you are the one that mentioned "the parental controls winsock lsp" so I'm at a loss here why this is even mentioned if such is not installed.

Tell more.

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problem solved.
by domenicofavotto / March 28, 2008 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

i created a new account for myself this morning as my old account was not working properly. i transferred my files etc. to my new account.

ftp is working properly on my new account now.
problem is solved

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