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    Odd networking problem

    This job was a problem for a friend... one that has baffled me!

    Laptop (XP Pro) connects to a network (wireless) fine but IE cannot load a page. Pinging websites (e.g. Google) works fine. DNS queries aren't a problem.

    I installed Firefox and that also would not load web pages! This got me thinking... telnet to port 80 at www.google.co.uk gave "connection refused" (IIRC) as it did with other websites.

    Booting to Safe Mode allows connection to the web fine so it must e some dodgy app running in the background. I disabled all non-essential services and installed Spybot S&D, Adaware, AVG Antivirus and AVG Antispyware. These threw up very little (you're normal toolbar things and that's it).

    Netstat showed nothing was using port 80 so what's going on?

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    If it's IE7 just use the reset button in the advanced tab of Internet Explorer Options.

    This undoes all IE mis-configurations and resets it back to factory.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    checked the router config to check the HTTP traffic is going through?

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    You checked the advanced TCP/IP options in network connection? Maybe possible something has managed to blacklist port 80

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    cleared your internet cache?
    proxy?
    have you tried .com, .net etc?
    can you logon to msn messenger?
    disabled firewall(s)

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Tried using a live cd like PCLinuxOS 2007 or Ubuntu and seeing if they can view webpages?

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    I suspect that it had some malware on it that has been removed. I've seen this before where it takes over resolving dns which then breaks when its been removed. Only way I fixed it was with a fresh install.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    rather than a fresh reinstall you can refresh the tcp/ip stack http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299357

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy
    I've seen this before where it takes over resolving dns which then breaks when its been removed. Only way I fixed it was with a fresh install.
    I have also seen this a few times before and the only way to fix it is to reinstall the OS. :cry:

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Try disabling 'Automatically detect settings' (if it is enabled) located in:

    internet explorer -> tools -> internet options -> connections -> lan settings

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Is IPv6 is installed?.... If it is uninstall it.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    i got this problem too! Acer told me it was software, so I rang the software people and they said it was ISP!! but I've changed from Vista to XP and having the same problem so I'm sending the damn thing back to them!

    Tried it in 3 places with different routers and ISP's but did the same in each place.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Quote Originally Posted by m25man
    If it's IE7 just use the reset button in the advanced tab of Internet Explorer Options.

    This undoes all IE mis-configurations and resets it back to factory.
    its not as complete as you'd think, might be worth an ie reinstall.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    Did your friend's broadband ISP send them a CD with some kind of installation utility on? These are completly uncessary, Windows can connect to a broadband connection just fine by itself. Some installation utilities conk out halfway through, leaving half-installed software that's trying to do something or other with your network connection, that might be your problem.

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    Re: Odd networking problem

    OK... we are using a vanilla wireless connection connected to a known good ADSL router (Netgear IIRC). AFAIK no software has been installed but if it has it has been removed.

    I did not have any gubbins with me to test (I was having a quiet drink in the pub at the time!). As mentioned above, Safe Mode with Networking works fine.

    No IPv6 and I tried IE6 and Firefox. As mentioned, telnet will not go out on port 80 to fetch pages either so it is not a browser mis-configuration.

    DNS still works fine... pinging a DNS hostname resolves the IP fine and running nslookup also works fine - tried different DNS servers too just in case.

    I think I checked that port 80 was getting blacklisted in the advanced properies. I obviously disabled any firewalls.

    I suspect it probably is a mangled IP stack and the reset thingy may do the trick.

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