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I know there are some computer geeks out there. I'm not one at all, so I'm pleading for your assistance. I've had occasional problems with my computer, but I seem to always be able to work things out...not this time.

I've got DSL. Sometimes (well most times), my internet access is fast enough for my needs. Other times, when I try to access any old site, my computer seems to just stall for a few minutes and displays "Detecting Proxy Settings" on the menu bar. I just discovered today that if I hit refresh, it seems to wake up and will immediately take me where I want to go.

Any thoughts on why this happens? I think this problem is responsible for some doubling posting that I end up doing without even knowing it. I also wonder if it is what is causing problems with me being able to vote on the polls on this site.

If you can help me, I'll add yer name to the list of people I want to meet in real life. If you're a really keen geek, I'm gonna ask you some other questions related to computer problems I can't solve. I like fixing cars, but I'm not so good with these damn machines.

Thanks.
 

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detecting proxy settings is a deal for IE to do exactly that. if you have it set up to detect the settings it finds your IP and desciphers how to go about conecting to the outside line... via modem, sattelite, LAN, IR .....
 

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Juggernaut said:
Get cable.
Ditto. And yeah it's exactly what Marclar said it is, looking for your network/internet connection. I don't know if you can turn off that function or manually set your proxy info that might help. But I've never messed with DSL providers before they don't even offer DSL as close to the mountains as I live.
 

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Thanks fellas - I'm not sure I'm prepared to do any business with the single cable company in this town.

What is not clear to me is why this problem is very intermittent. Never happened for three years and has just started happening over the last three months or so...and doesn't happen all that often.

I have some other computer problems as well that may be contributing. I'll play around with it until I ruin the thing completely.
 

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I find go to

Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings > Automatically Detect Network Settings - TURN IT OFF.

Some people have said that they have a problem with this... but I've never had a problem. The other option is that if you have a router, set the IP and the DNS in your network settings. (Right click on Network Neighbourhood and then right click on your network card, then choose TCP/IP and then choose properties.) If you do have a router and don't quite understand my instructions, I can do a better example with pictures.

As for the suggestions of cable.... EWW!! Never liked it, never will. It's almost as bad as satellite internet!
 

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Do you work for them swiggerz? I've never much been a fan of it. I always had problems with websites not loading, etc.... other people I know swear by it. Where I work, I've seen soooooooo many browsers, and I always go back to Internet Explorer.
 

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Go into start, then run, then type CMD. this will display command prompt (DOS). When you get into CMD type in IPCONFIG. It will display info. Let me know what your IP says. If its a weird number like 169.214.134.4 then your line is messed up. May not be a problem with IE though. Try this too. Go into start, then run, then type in CMD. When in CMD type "ping www.yahoo.com" let me know what your ping is. If you cant do all this look on the internet at ways to tweak your DSL conencttion. Check out www.dslreports.com and then go to tests. Your RWIN (receive window) is probably set to a high standard. Get that checked out. 96 ESCORT is technically right. you could have a firewall installed on your comp or a built in firewall in your modem and something mad it change your IP type from PPPoE to something else. it could be a DNS problem. NEED PICS LOL I CAN HELP ALOT MAN!!!! :D
 

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if you go to options and tell it the exact IP of what to conect too it wont do taht anymore. ususaly it just does the detect think the first time you open IE each time the machine is turned on
 

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Juggernaut said:
96EscortLX said:
As for the suggestions of cable.... EWW!! Never liked it, never will. It's almost as bad as satellite internet!
What are you smoking?
Hmmmmm.. well, I'm just smoking the cheap stuff right now, but my problem with cable is... I have found it to be quite unreliable... sometimes fast, sometimes slow, horrible support if anything goes wrong. Not as secure as DSL, if I was not well versed in computers (as highanddry seems to be... but I don't mean this in a bad way)I know in my area, the number of computer stores that can work with it total up to........ ZERO

As for fixing the problem that you have highanddry... it's not Nuclear Science.
 

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DSL is better plus everything is wireless now.....so it goes by signal strength. Soon it will be fiberoptics. For those of u who dont know its little glasss strands...............very powerful......maybe running at 7 MB p/s possibly
 

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If this country were to catch up to oh let's say Korea (south) we'd not have to worry about internet so much. My friend Mike (he's Korean) went to visit family and said something about Korea having a national set of fiber optic lines that give each house approximately a 10mbps line... I wish. I'm sitting ona 3.2 Meg line right now with my cable and a T3 at school, it's nice at both places, school seems a bit faster. but yeah, we definitely need to work on the availability of good inernet down here in the US. I don't even have the option of DSL, it's either Cable or Dial-up.... I like being able to get calls while I'm online.
 

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I'm just happy there are so many geeks here.

Next question - how come when I run disk defrag, it never gets beyond about 1% without restarting and then after 10 retries it quits? It claims there's an application running in the background, but I am not knowingly running anything. I've tried closing programs using Ctrl-Alt-Del, but am unable to determine what mystery program is interfering with the defrag.

Don't even ask if I have anti-virus software either. I'm just happy to run Ad-Aware once in a while.

My comp is fugged.
 
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