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Perchik's avatar

Odd internet behavior. Any ideas?

Asked by Perchik (4982points) August 17th, 2007

My internet connection at school is odd. I can connect to chat programs (Trillian, gtalk) and I can connect to an mmorpg (like world of warcraft) but I can't use the internet (view webpages). This scenario happens frequently. There's also no way I've found that "fixes" it, aside from waiting it out.

Any ideas on how to fix this or what might be causing it?

[windows Xp, dell laptop w/ ethernet cable to connect to the network]

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glial's avatar

Sounds like a problem with port 80 only. Is your email app working?

Perchik's avatar

I don't use an email app, I use gmail (online)

glial's avatar

Happening with anyone else or just you?

Perchik's avatar

Most people I've talked to have had this problem

mirza's avatar

honestly i havent had any such problem
but you could try using a proxy and see if it helps (since i have heard stories that some colleges want to limit internet access)
Also since you are chat is working you could try using a chat application that also lets you browse the internet like TEN Chat Browser

gooch's avatar

sounds like a network issue. Have you checked with the IT section

Perchik's avatar

Eh. Our It section consists of one guy who has read some stuffo nline a couple times.

klaas4's avatar

Firewall or antivirus maybe blocking ports?
(idea inspired by 1st post from glial)

glial's avatar

Simple things first, I would reset all the switches and restart the the DHCP server.

Perchik's avatar

I don't have access to these things....I'm just an end user on this network.

joli's avatar

It could be a problem with Internet Explorer and/or cookies issues. You might be able to change the settings in the control panel under Network and Internet connections. Firewall would block also.

Perchik's avatar

I'm in firefox but when the problem occurs, none of my browsers work

loupus's avatar

DNS issue? Maybe your school's DNS servers are down so you can't resolve URLs to IPs. Or perhaps they updated the DNS servers' IPs so you're no longer mapped to them.

Can you access fluther if you type 208.70.
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loupus's avatar

Sorry for the accidental line feed. Should have been

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