In Explorer certain sites won't load fully

November 25, 2009 at 06:58:07
Specs: Windows Vista Business, C2D 2.4Ghz / 2GB RAM

I have a customer that has a Win 2008 server (DNS but not GW) and 6 Win Vista Business clients (with IE8). One of the Vista clients cannot access certain websites, they just time out. Sometimes part of the site loads, but not all of it. The other clients does not have this issue.

Today I installed Firefox, which worked just fine. The pages load up nice and fast and there's no trace of the previous error.

Obviously the problem is tied to Explorer 8, but I'd like to find out exactly what's causing it, so if anyone have had this issue or otherwise know how to resolve it, please post.

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November 25, 2009 at 07:32:52

You should look at the Connections tab in IE's settings and make sure there are no weird connection settings being used (a proxy for example). You should also check the hosts file and clear the dns cache (though since FireFox works, it probably isn't this). Finally, you could always reinstall IE8 to see what happens.

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November 25, 2009 at 08:36:01

hmm...since it is bad with IE 8 only, I would suggest to reinstall IE 8...

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November 30, 2009 at 00:14:54

Thanks, the hosts file is untouched, just the usual loop address there. And yes I did ipconfig /flushdns a couple of times, but I haven't tried reinstalling though. I sort of hoped I could trace the problem deeper to see what file / registry key / virus / malware or whatever is causing it. As far as the customer is concerned though, he's just happy it works :)
Thanks guys!

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November 30, 2009 at 09:53:13

Are you talking about things like "thumbnails" in Google Images, Maps, Video's and YouTube by any chance?

If these are slow or never load I can help you, especially if you have router with firewall.

some other bloke...

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November 30, 2009 at 23:28:36

Thanks for your reply Derek! Unfortunally it's not like that, the pages don't load altogether, no matter what content. But who knows, maybe it could come from the same place.

Are you referring to a port in the firewall that needs to be open/forwarded?

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December 1, 2009 at 03:02:26

IE8 has six maximum connections instead of IE7's two. This can cause the Firewall in some routers to react to an "attack" resulting in very much delayed thumbnails - taking several minutes to open, if at all.

The fix was to reset the number of connections to two, see IE8 part of this link:

Despite many folk trying to increase the number of connections to improve browsing speed, I have never noticed any difference, whatever the setting.

No harm trying a reduction to "two" (if you are happy in the registry) and you just delete the additional entries if it doesn't do any good. If you haven't got a router with a firewall I doubt this fix applies.

some other bloke...

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