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IE4 - URL PROB.

Posted on 1998-08-20
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I used to run IE3 ok via dial up - then I 'upped' to win98 and win98+ which gave me IE4! - Now cannot access any site using 'WWW.etc' addresses - the only ones that seem to work are ones like http://195.197.215.195(eg) - I've looked in IE4's settings and all seems well - HELP!
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by:MasseyM
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What error do you get when you try www.site.com?
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by:rrc
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Tough to make a guess without knowing the error message, but it sounds like it can't resolve the site name. Try opening a DOS window and pinging the site by name (ping www.site.com) and see what happens. Then check your DNS settings.
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by:swwelsh
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If you can get there with the  ip number and not with the name, it has to be a dns problem as rrc said.
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by:Otta
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I agree with 'RRC' -- check your DNS (Domain Name Service) settings.
The 'DNS' server "converts" FQDNs (Fully Qualified Domain Names)
such as 'WWW.NEWS.COM', to IP-addresses.

If you haven't configured your computer to query a DNS server,
then you need a "hosts" file, which is a manually-maintained
table of FQDNs and IP-addresses.  Don't laugh, a few years ago,
"hosts" files were the only method available.

If you have configured to use DNS-servers,
it is possible that the server is "down",
i.e., not providing any "answers" to your queries.
Experiment: use the IP-addresses of Experts-Exchange's DNS-servers:

experts-exchange.com    nameserver = NS2.WORMLEY.NET
experts-exchange.com    nameserver = NS1.WORMLEY.NET

NS2.WORMLEY.NET internet address = 207.114.128.129
NS1.WORMLEY.NET internet address = 207.114.128.130

They will "work", but they may be "slow",
because they could be "far-away" from your computer,
i.e., many "hops" across the Internet.

Ask your ISP for the IP-addresses of their DNS servers.
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by:ironheardt
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     hey I agree with the 3 above but you need to check your settings in IE4.0 first before you get more worried about your problem. Since you just got IE4.0 and win98 dou u know how to check the settings? It has been awhile since you responded maybe you figured it out already but just check the settings first, if you dont know how let me know...:o)
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by:Mrfixit
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Try adding the DNs server Ip addresses into your Dun connection to your ISP.

Definelty sounds like DNS issue.
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 check your settings in IE4.0, if they are ok check your DNS servers, am sure the problem is one of the two! hope this helps...;o)
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by:joejill
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Thanks every one for your help - my machine crashed eventually.  When I reloaded (win95 - then win98 before any thing else all became well - suspect winsock.dll became corrupt - has happened before but under diff. circumstances!
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