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Can anyone help?

Can get Google but not most websites - sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Can usually get Windows, hotmail, LloydsTSB, youtube, but not LF or TF and many others. Comes up with "this page cannot be displayed."

I am now using husband's computer which is linked to mine. His isn't so bad, something to do with the fact that he has Motzilla.

We are with Orange and I rang them for advice and they gave up in the end.  Said we should send for a specialist. We have checked Firefox on and off.

Hoping someone can diagnose - if I don't reply it's because we are having more problems.

Wondering if it could be due to electricity being off yesterday, or night before.

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Is your ISP Orange?  If so, I had the same problems.  I recently changed my DNS provide to OpenDNS (it is a free service).  It solved the problem immediately.  Pretty simple to do too.

Here is the link

http://www.opendns.com/

I think the way the make money is the fact they drive you to their search engine rather than Google (if you type a search into the address bar of your browser that is).

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Sharkster

I'll try anything once! I've just switched to Open DNS and the results have been surprising; it's loads faster finding websites and opening them!

I'll monitor it for a while and I can always change back if it turns out to be a problem, but hey, on current results, it's GREAT!!

Sid

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Sharkster

I'll try anything once! I've just switched to Open DNS and the results have been surprising; it's loads faster finding websites and opening them!

I'll monitor it for a while and I can always change back if it turns out to be a problem, but hey, on current results, it's GREAT!!

Sid

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I changed over on Thursday out of utter frustration.  Up until the change, I had to refresh between 3-5 times to get some websites up (including Orange.co.uk).  It took less than 5 minutes to change the DNS and the results were instant.  They do claim to be faster, but not sure I have noticed an increase in speed, but no more surfing problems!

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Thank you for the links Crusty & Kathy. Very interesting, now what was the question [8-)]???

No, serioulsy, ta!!

"It is Columbus day weekend in the USA , so that may be keeping traffic off the web and onto the American roads Wink [;-)]".

I was always under the impression that a weekend was more than a day? But I suppose that the time could move at a different pace for our trans-Atlantic cousins, or on a different planet [6]???

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[quote user="Sharkster"]
I changed over on Thursday out of utter frustration.  Up until the change, I had to refresh between 3-5 times to get some websites up (including Orange.co.uk).  [/quote]

I didn't install the invasive Orange software that came with the Livebox and I (fingers crossed now I have said it) don't have any problems at all with the speed of pages loading ie they load v quickly; especially taking into consideration that I have their bottom-of-the-range 1 meg at 24.95€ per month.

Sue

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[quote user="Jonzjob"]

"It is Columbus day weekend in the USA , so that may be keeping traffic off the web and onto the American roads Wink [;-)]".

I was always under the impression that a weekend was more than a day? But I suppose that the time could move at a different pace for our trans-Atlantic cousins, or on a different planet [6]???

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I thought people would be able to work out , a bank holiday Monday means a long weekend to most people ....obviously I  needed to spell it out [:@]

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Why are people so argumentative tonight ?

If you take the trouble to read my earlier post I did say the problem was due to peoples worries about markets .

Not a legal holiday , you better let the embassy's know they have it wrong.

http://france.usembassy.gov/holidays.html

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Gosh, Krusty, I wasn't meaning to be argumentative.  Maybe the Feds sneaked that one in on me.  (Don't ever remember it being observed in my part of the US.)

But I definitely agree with you that some connection problems/slowdowns have been caused by increased internet traffic related to the current economic meltdown.

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Krusty, I would have thought that you have been on this forum to know that my tounge is always firmly in my cheek and I find life too depressing to take very much seriously. If I have offended then I am very sorry [:$]

It is not my intention to offend very many people and if it was then you would know I promise, but not this time...[:D]

Have a look at Tennis's signature, it says loads of how I feel!!

Edit :- I tried the embassy link, but they are all on holiday for some reason [Www][blink][6] ??

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Sharkster

I'll try anything once! I've just switched to Open DNS and the results have been surprising; it's loads faster finding websites and opening them!

I'll monitor it for a while and I can always change back if it turns out to be a problem, but hey, on current results, it's GREAT!!

Sid

[/quote]

I changed over on Thursday out of utter frustration.  Up until the change, I had to refresh between 3-5 times to get some websites up (including Orange.co.uk).  It took less than 5 minutes to change the DNS and the results were instant.  They do claim to be faster, but not sure I have noticed an increase in speed, but no more surfing problems!
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Well, I think my speed comment was a little premature! Now that things are back to normal there doesn't appear to be any difference.... and for that reason, I'm out!

Sid

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