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Firefox can't find server or goes blank!


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#1 puppymills

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:24 PM

Hi there.
I really don't know anything about computers, but I've been trying to learn and reading all these articles because my Firefox 3.5.14 is messing up and I can't figure out why. Well, I have ideas about why, but my knowledge of computers is so limited that it's basically zilch. I'll try to be as detailed as possible.

So, I moved to a new apartment. I have a Packard Bell laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. It's 4 years old and has 1GB RAM. I roamed internet from the neighborhood for a while because my roommate has a router with only one ethernet cable port. Then I found in a box of mine, an old Apple Airport that my ex installed once on my computer. So I wanted to use that and also make it available for my roommate. So I scoured the internet for info on how to reset it and I did, I think succesfully. So the first hour it was great. But now, Firefox doesn't load webpages (I'll click a link and it will just go to about:blank in a new tab), or it loads them looking broken, or it loads them properly but not the pictures. Even in my gmail, I can't see pictures in my emails. Facebook will only load certain pictures. This is about 60% of the time. Generally I either hit refresh 6 times or try to open a new tab/window, or just leave it...My IE has the same problem but far less often.

I have completely uninstalled Norton already (a lot of websites said to do so, which actually got rid of a start up error message I've been getting for like 2 years) and checked all my proxies. I have to say, I am not exactly sure what my proxies were supposed to be, but from what I figured out they're fine. I went in to about/config and checked dom.disable_img_src_set and that was fine too. And I checked network.dns.disablePrefetch and that was fine. I also did the DNS flush...to no avail, it did make my internet a bit faster though! Woohoo...I also cleared cookies.

I didn't try network.http.pipelining yet. It's set to true.

Basically I did pretty much the entire http://kb.mozillazine.org/Error_loading_any_website suggestions that I could understand.

The thing is, my roommate's computer is doing well. And when I go back to roaming the other internet, my computer is normal too. Is it the router? Should I update firmware even though I have no clue what that is? So if anyone can help, I would be superhappy! Go easy on me with terminology, please, I'm such a novice at this...

Thanks!

Edited by puppymills, 27 October 2010 - 06:33 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:28 PM

I would make sure that the firmware is updated, and I would also reset it to factory settings.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:46 PM

Okay, so then how do I update firmware or reset to factory settings? Babysteps! I really don't know what I'm up against. The computer is like...I don't know...a Rubik's cube to me. I saw a YouTube video explaining how to solve it, and I still got stuck...

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:25 AM

You will want to check with the manual that came with the router.




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