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I tried to resolve this problem in the "Computer Newbies" forum but was told to bring it to this forum.
When I am logged on to "Computer Newbies" it shows all discussions read even if I haven't read them. Also there is no provision in that forum for me to "Mark all discussions read".
I am aware of the change in the location of "Mark all discussions read" and I know I am properly Logged in.
This only occurs in that forum.
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(NT) Bump

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Is there any chance you have the browser

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set to load images for the originating site only? If so, make Cnet an exception.

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Thanks, Steven, For the Input But

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I checked and my browser is set up with no restrictions as to loading images. I wish it were that simple.
It sure is weird it happens only on the Computer Newbie
forum and even acts a little different in Firefox than IE.


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One other thought

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I don't know how but a "hosts" file can do lots of strange things. You find this in Windows/System32/Drivers/Etc in XP. These send listed sites to nul. If you have this file, try renaming it to something like "hosts.old" and try again. But, you're right, I don't know why Newbies is all that's affected.

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I keep bumping this hoping someone will respond with a solution.


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(NT) (NT) lee will see no need to bump

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Mark, Appreciate The Advice But - - - - -

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it was not my original idea.
I was posting this problem in another CNET forum and was advised to post it in "Feedback". When I received no response here I posted again in the former forum.
Here is a direct quote from a moderator on that forum:

"In regards to Forum Feedback, it is the right forum but you may need to BUMP your topic once in a while..No telling, you might get Lee to respond."

You can see the full discussion at:

As you can see below, Lee has reponded.


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Here's a quick explanation....

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Anything that has been posted past 30 days will be considered read. The reason for this is because if we had to track everything beyond that we will run into some serious forum performance issues--since the system has to track every individual uniquely.

DC, can you double check the discussions that you are reading--are they past 30 days?

I'm not experiencing this issue with the Computer newbies forums. Are others? Or is this an single user incident?

Please let me know folks.


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Glad To Hear From You, Lee

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Thanks for getting involved with my problem, Lee.
The discussions I am referring to are current and well within the last thirty days.
This is only happening on ?Computer Newbies?. (I do not know if others on "Computer Newbies" are experiencing the same problem.) All the other CNET forums I have checked are performing as they should.
There is also a difference between IE and Firefox.
When using Firefox:
1. All posts show ?Read? when, in fact, they have not been read.
2. There is no indication there are ?New posts? when, in fact, there are new posts.
3. At the bottom on the page there is no provision for ?Mark all dicussions read?.
When using IE:
1. All posts show ?Unread? even though I have read them.
2. Same as above.
3. Same as above.
4. At the bottom of the page it shows the ?Icon legend? for ?Locked,? Moderator, and ?CNET editor?. It does not show the ?Icon legend? for ?Read?, ?Unread?, or ?New posts?.
This is probably not a big deal. However, I would like to get to the bottom of it because if it is a problem on my end it may indicate other bigger problems.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Just a troubleshooting idea if you haven't done so

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I am wondering if you have the auto login feature activated. If so, you can try to enter the forums from a PC other than the one you normally use and log in manually. If newbies views normally, you might be able to guess the problem is in your PC. If you experience the same, it could have something to do with your profile on Cnet. Perhaps you could be allowed to rejoin with as a new member with a slight change in username/password to see if that resolved your problem.

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I'll Try It Steve

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I am posting this under a new name and e-mail address to see if it makes any difference.
It is late here so I will wait until tomorrow to sign on again and see the results.
I will also see if I can use another PC tomorrow.
I'll post back tomorrow with the results.


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Test Complete, Case Closed

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I logged on another PC (cable connection as opposed to my DSL) and everything worked fine. As I mentioned earlier, I tried another identity on my computer and that didn't help.
It looks like the problem is my PC but, for the life of me, I can't help but wonder why only "Computer Newbies" is affected.
I will be replacing my current PC in the not too distant future. Meantime I can live with it.
Thanks for all of your help.


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