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InterDev problems

On my PC at home, I have installed Visual InterDev 6 and PWS. I do not have a LAN. My ISP is AOL. I can open websites through AOL fine. However, when I try and open my homepage via the Personal Web Manager link, I get the following message:

The page cannot be displayed

The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

Cannot find server or DNS Error


Can anybody help me with this problem?

Lisa
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lmred
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DreamMasterCommented:
Do you have the site started in your Personal Web Manager?

What you might be experiencing is something I once had as well...and that is when I tried to look at my site using PWS, it would ask me to connect to the Internet...at first I thought yeah right....but it was a simple fact that if I chose for cancel (for the dial up to start) and then chose to work offline...and after that connect...I could stay offline and the site worked anyway....

Have you tried connecting in any other way then http://localhost ?

For example try using the computername instead of localhost, so:

http://computername

That should usually work...it did for me...

Cheers,
Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I've been trying to connect via Personal Web Manager by clicking on the link:

http://computername (there are numbers displayed in place of the computername)

This is where the problem is occurring. Maybe I used the wrong terminology when I said homepage. But I think that is what it refers to in the Personal Web Manager.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
So the numbers are the IP address...

For example: http://127.0.0.1/ Should be the same as your computer...

Just find your computername....and try it with that...did you allready?

Is the default document set up to your page you want to start with?

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I have not dealt with trying to open webpages directly from VI. I've just been trying to get it to go to my PWS homepage from that Personal Web Manager. And it displays that error message once I click on that link. If nothing else works, that website should open. Could it be that I need a service pack? Because currently I haven't installed any service packs. The default page should automatically be setup for your PWS shouldn't it?

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
Hmm...it should...but have a look at your advanced options anyway (in PWS)...what does it say there?

It should have the item default document there...if it is set....does it hold the page that actually starts your site?

Cheers,
Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Ok! On my PC in the web manager where it says:

Web publishing is on. Your homepage is at:
http://#########

There are no decimal points in the numbers. This is where I have clicked and received the error.

In the advanced options in PWS in the default documents option it has:
default.htm, default.asp


Lisa
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Could this somehow be because Frontpage Server Extensions is NOT installed?

Lisa
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I also noticed that when I tried to set up a project in InterDev and connect to the machine name that is listed in PWS that an error message came back saying that it could not connect to the webserver. My guess is this is all related.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
No decimal points?? That is wrong for sure....

Try to connect to these:

http://127.0.0.1

http://localhost/

http://machinename (you can find your machinename by opening your system properties...)

See if any of these can connect.....

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
The number that is displayed also comes from the network option in control panel under the identification tab. I don't understand why it acts like there is a network cause this is just my home PC. I am running Windows ME.

I will have to try your suggestion when I get home. I'm at work now.

Since this seems to be a little difficult to solve, I've increased the points for ya!


Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
That's nice Lisa...but you didn't have to increase the points....we will get there....

Probably the reason why it displays in the Network option is due to the way it was installed...was your PC factory installed (or did you do it yourself?). If it was factory installed it is very likely that they installed it over a network at the place where you bought the PC...They use this method because this way they can clone the same setup time and time again...which saves a lot of time...it would explain why your pc thinks it's in a network....

Cheers,
Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Yeah I did! You are being very patient and helpful!

My PC is a Gateway. Alot of stuff was already pre-installed. However I installed the Visual Studio.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
Yes....

But my guess is that the fact that they temporarily installed a network card for you, to install windows with all the common options....what this does is give an id to identify your computer's network card with....I think that probably it has not been properly erased....you should also be possible to not have any Network identification there...

Do you also have to log in when you start windows? If so they never removed the network properties....

Max.
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DreamMasterCommented:
Oh and the fact that I'm patient should be concidered normal...I mean..a good programmer should be patient...sometimes because of code that doesn't work in certain browsers....at other times because of project managers breathing in his/her neck.... :-)

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
No, I don't have to login my PC.

I know some other programmers who are patient. And I'm like you, I get impatient with the differences in the way code acts in different browsers! And also these project managers! Mine has been on vacation this week and "how sweet it is"!!!!! ! ;)

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
LOL...yeah I know the feeling....my boss is on vacation...and even that is sweet!! :-)

I have learned not to bother about it much anymore....they can breathe in my neck all they want....I can't go any faster so why should I bother....when they breathe in my neck too much I just tell them "Ok...do you want a sloppy quick job...or a well done accurate and therefor a little slower job?" They hardly go for the sloppy fast job.... :-)

Ok...so you don't have to log on....at least that won't be the problem then...

When you get home (and I get home) we will look better at your problem...

By the way I just remembered that there might be a problem with PWS and Windows ME....let me check...

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Lord I hope not!!!! It would just be my luck!
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DreamMasterCommented:
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DreamMasterCommented:
They speak of a workaround....but I cannot find the workaround...

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I don't see a workaround either. It only says to install in a test environment. Well, its installed so now what? I don't understand why they don't have this working properly with Windows ME.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
Windows ME was aimed more at the home environment then the office environment, that could be the source of your problems...they probably never thought of home users needing PWS....

I'm afraid this means you will not get PWS to work on that configuration.... :-(

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Why would they assume that? Developers have to work from home!!!!! I didn't realize Windows ME had this problem. It was something that came automatically with my PC. I thought PWS would work with any MS operating system.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
Well...most developers I know work with either Windows NT 4.0 or with Windows 2000...

I work at home with Windows 98 SE because I refuse to upgrade to ME....

The fact that it comes with your PC unfortunately doesn't mean a thing here...and unfortunately PWS doesn't support it, at least not properly....

I know it sucks...but probably the best thing to do would be to uninstall Windows ME and install Windows 98 or 2000 instead...

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Normally I don't work with Windows ME either. This is the first time I ever used it! Great first experience huh? And because I never used it, I never really questioned it working properly with my development tools.

Hmmmmmm.....


Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
I don't know of any other problems with other development tools you use obviously...but I really must advise you to use an other version of Windows.... Sorry... :-(

Max.
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DreamMasterCommented:
If you want me to research any additional information for you let me know ok Lisa?

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I don't think there is a problem with VB or anything. I guess I'd better check that out as well. Thanks for the advice and help.

Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
You're welcome...I am always glad to help...is this question resolved now?

You can always ask me for additional information through my email address...david315@wxs.nl and I will answer you as fast as I can....

Max.
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lmredAuthor Commented:
I guess the workaround in your above link is to use FrontPage 2000 instead!

Lisa
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lmredAuthor Commented:
Thanks Max! You've been very helpful!


Lisa
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DreamMasterCommented:
Ok....well...if you need me...you know where to find me...

Max.
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