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Dual Booting and internet issues

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#1 firehydragon


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:41 AM

Hey guys,

New to this forum and I have an extremely strange problem with accessing websites through chrome whenever dualbooting Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10 on my laptop. Whenever I boot Ubuntu 16.04, shut it down, and then reopen Windows 10, I find that some websites just hang when loading. Some websites work perfectly like reddit, facebook, gmail, and soundcloud, but other websites like msn, huffington post, twitch and washington post hang and never load. I notice that this happens almost every single time I boot Ubuntu, and I have to fix it by complete reinstalling chrome and removing all associated extensions/cookies/etc. Even stranger is that some websites will load in internet explorer and not chrome, but others won't load in either. I am just completely baffled on how this could be happening so I am looking for any kind of ideas to help me out. I am 99% sure this is not a virus, as my scans have come up clean and it would make no sense for a virus to do this. 


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#2 firehydragon

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:50 AM

Just wanted to add details that may or may not be helpful. 

-Incognito mode has no affect, same websites fail

-Linux is booted on a different hard drive(HDD) from my Windows 10(SSD)

-I can't access imgur.com but I can access imgur photos embedded in reddit

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 09:17 AM

Hi there firehydragon!


Since you didn't mention it, have you tried rebooting Windows when it happens and getting right back into it? Does that help at all? That is a pretty strange problem though... I honestly can't think of why it would be happening. I'm definitely curious about if it still happens after a reboot.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 03:55 PM

There is one thing you could try.....and that is setting up different profiles for Ubuntu and Windows. However, I'm not certain whether it would affect the availability of common bookmarks, etc.


I suspect it probably would, now I think about it. The great attraction of Chrome, of course, is having the same items available across multiple platforms.....because those items are common to the profile, NOT the machine/OS.


I've used Chrome ever since it was in beta, back in 2008.....but I can't say as I've ever come across this problem.


Have you tried actually shutting your profile down in Settings (not deleting it, just shutting it down), exiting Chrome, re-booting, re-starting Chrome, and signing-in again? Sometimes that cures problems like this.


Worth a try.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:45 AM

firehydragon,  :welcome: to the Linux Community of Bleeping Computer Forums! :)


It could be that the dual booting is affecting Time on Windows (and also in the UEFI of your computer). This will cause the issues you stated above, though by no means is the only reason. 


Here's a Tutorial that covers both OS's. :)




Here's another from a reputable source, this one involves the download of a registry file in Windows in the 2nd part of Tutorial. 




Having Windows Time right is critical to many functions of the OS, many apps simply won't work right. Of course you can manually update the time at every reboot, though this is a lot of work & impractical. :)


Hope that this is helpful, if you've not yet fixed the issue, and all dual booters experiences this issue, because of the way that each OS 'sees' time. It's no fault of one OS or the other, rather the differences between Linux & Windows. 


Quick Edit: Fast Boot in Windows 10 must be disabled, if not already done so, to prevent Windows OS corruption (Option One, Step 7). :thumbup2:




Good Luck! :)



Edited by cat1092, 04 February 2017 - 04:49 AM.

Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 

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