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Cant post on JavaRanch / Cant open Hotmail on Mac

 
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This is a very weird situation for me.

Two weeks ago everything was fine. Then I was offline for 2 weeks while my previous ISP disconnected my service and the new ISP connected me. Since then, I have been unable to open Hotmail at all, or post on JavaRanch using FireFox 3, or Safari, or SeaMonkey on Mac OS X.

If I go to one of the Windows boxes in the same network, then I can do everything fine under Internet Explorer.

If I open Ubuntu under Parallels and use FireFox 3, I am fine (that is how I am posting this now).

My ISP suggested trying a different browser (tried 3 already), turning off firewall (didn't make any difference), and trying through their proxy (no difference).

Anyone have any thoughts?
 
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Andrew Monkhouse wrote:This is a very weird situation for me.

Two weeks ago everything was fine. Then I was offline for 2 weeks while my previous ISP disconnected my service and the new ISP connected me. Since then, I have been unable to open Hotmail at all, or post on JavaRanch using FireFox 3, or Safari, or SeaMonkey on Mac OS X.

If I go to one of the Windows boxes in the same network, then I can do everything fine under Internet Explorer.

If I open Ubuntu under Parallels and use FireFox 3, I am fine (that is how I am posting this now).

My ISP suggested trying a different browser (tried 3 already), turning off firewall (didn't make any difference), and trying through their proxy (no difference).

Anyone have any thoughts?



Is Airport ON?

Mark
 
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Yes, I connect to the internet via an airport connection. The Linux virtual system that I am using to post this uses the same airport connection.

Other sites (e.g. GMail) work fine on my Mac, however I dont know what that shows.
 
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Just guessing - but maybe flush the DNS cache? How to flush dns cache on Mac OS X.
 
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Thanks for the suggestion, but no difference noted after flushing the cache.

Taking Mark's comment about Airport into further consideration, I also tried plugging into the LAN directly and switching off Airport - no difference there either.
 
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Silly me.

When I said that I had tried plugging into the LAN directly, I had taken the easy option and plugged into a LAN port on the wireless router itself, with no joy. Just for giggles, today I tried connecting to a spare LAN port on the main router - everything worked.

Hunted around the settings on the wireless router, with nothing obvious being wrong. Tried cold booting it - nothing changed. Finally did a reset to factory settings, then repeated the same steps that I had originally performed when adding the wireless router:
  • turn off DHCP server
  • set SID
  • set security level
  • set password

  • Reconnected through the laptop and everything is fine.

    I have no idea why the wireless router got into a funny state, or why it only affected my OS X and not any of the other operating systems working wirelessly. But I am back now!

    Thanks for the suggestions guys!
     
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    Really weird. Glad it's sorted though!
     
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    Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Really weird. Glad it's sorted though!



    Yeah nice to have it working.

    I was thinking of adding Airport Express to my already Wireless router. Mostly to try and get my iTunes library to play through my Stereo system without any extra gadgets, besides Airport Express. I can get one for $99.

    Mark
     
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