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Netscape 3.01, with weird Proxy 'ideas'.....

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I just installed Netscape Naviagatotr Gold 3.01, and have a weird problem. When I want to go on intenet with the Navigator, it doesn't connect. It says the site doesn't have a DNS entry. This is incorrect,because I have been to the site before and can still reach it with Explorer. When I change my Proxy to automatically and try to go there by
a proxy server, Navigator says I don't need a Proxy (which is true by the way). Then I change the settings back (all with Navigator still running) to "No Proxy".... And Netscape works brilliantly!
 But every time I start Netscape Navigator again, I have to use this trick to get it working...
 What can be the problem? Or even more, what can be the answer to this? All my settings (firewall, gateway, DNS, IP) are correct as far as I know, but I keep this problem...

Any one knowing the answer please let me know and receive loads of
gratitude in return....

Francois Punselie
fransuha@euronet.nl
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Can you give more detail as to your networking settings?  For example, are you using dial up networking, what is the DNS settings, etc.
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Settings:
In my >Configuration>Network the settings are:
For TCP/IP: -Automatic IP address
            -no WINS resolution
            -nothing in the Gateway section
            -DNS configuration: off
            -In the other tabs nothing is selected
In my External Acces> TCP/IP settings (in the conection I use for internet) the settings are:
            -By server provided IP address
            -Primair and secundair DNS, I have the numbers provided by my internte provider (194.134.5.5 and 194.134.0.97)
            -no WINS numbers
            -IP headercompression and Standard Gateway are both
             on.

Hope this is enough information, when not, tell me again. Thanx in advance,
Francois Punselie
fransuha@euronet.nl

[sorry if I'm using wrong terms. I have a Dutch version of Windows95, and am translating them by heart]

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Seems that the setting is correct.

Does your ISP require you access web through their proxy erver?

When you change the setting to "automatic", what url you give and what is exact message of Netscape?
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Answer to question 1: No, I have immediate acces, so no proxy is required.
Answer to question 2: It doesn't give any message, you can only see it is attempting to get a 'proxy connection' with the hoist I specified in the automatic proxy. Only when I stop (so press the 'stop connection'button) it says: "The proxy automatic configuration file could not be loaded. Check the proxy automatic configuration URL in preferences. No proxies will be used'
 then it also goes where I wanted it to go, without using the proxy, so like it was doing this with 'No proxies' specified in the Netscape configuration...

By the way this makes me think of something... let me try Automatic Proxy, but not specify a host... Look what it does then...

Thanx again,
Francois Punselie
fransuha@euronet.nl

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Just tried it without a host specified in 'Automatic Proxy'.... And no result. So in someway does the looking for a wrong proxy server triggers Netscape to work alright after that. But before that... no results....

Weird....

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If the proxy setting is set to "No Proxy" and nothing is entered for auotmatic proxy, is it that every time (without the wierd trick) the browser will complain "can't resolve DNS"?  If so, is the address it shows the one you want to connect?

If all the answer is yes, then it is really stange...  You are using win95, right?

Try one more thing: after the browser starts up, try to connect some site, when it show the dns error, set the proxy to manual or automatic, click OK.  Then without trying to access the site, directly change back the setting to "No Proxy" and try to connect, see whether it succeeds this time.

If it does, probably the registry has some problem.  Use "regedit.exe" to check this value: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Proxy Information\HTTP_Proxy", this should be empty, otherwise just delete this value.  If it is empty, you'd better check all the value under proxy_information key aand see whether there is anything suspicious.  The last resort is delete the key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape" and install netscape again.


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Thanx faster!

I did try the first one, with changing the proxies, but it took to long before it would give a'no DNS' answer, so (Impatient) me went to regedit. I never knew that this program was around (and I have needed it a few times already.... I just deleted the Netscape in it (the proxy settings were empty...) and re-installed Netscape. Works fine now...

Thanx for the answer and thanx for showing me regeedit!
Francois Punselie
fransuha@euronet.nl
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