annoying internet browser problem

August 31, 2014 at 05:00:50
Specs: Windows 7
Windows 7 HP 64 bit. All up to date. Using Internet explorer 11. Adsl2 20 MB down/ 1gb up. I can open as many browsers as I like and they all work fine. But sometimes I have a heap of browsers open and I go to use one of the pages and it wont surf the net. No matter what I do, it wont go back on the net. All the other browsers that I have open work fine. But if I open a new browser, It wont surf the net either. So, I can keep using the ones that I had open and they work fine. But I have found the only way I can get a new browser to surf is to close all the browsers and then I can reopen as many pages as I like and it all works fine until next time a page wont surf. It happens ever 30 or 40 minutes. Bit of a pain as I have to keep closing all my browsers every time it happens. I have tried every trick in the book that I could find on the net. I haven't come across anyone else having the same problem, But plenty about resetting the browser and net settings. Short of a reformat and new install, I have hit a wall. Any suggestions.

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August 31, 2014 at 06:39:12
Have you tried an alternate browser such as Firefox?

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August 31, 2014 at 15:07:17
No I haven't as I like to use IE, But will do it as a test to see if its the browser or the net connection. Thanks.

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August 31, 2014 at 19:44:04
How much RAM do you have? Sometimes keeping open that many browser windows with assorted tabs can make the system overflow the available memory and start pushing stuff onto the virtual memory (hard drive). This works fine to a point though it is somewhat slower but at some point it stops working properly. It appears to happen more often with IE but I have heard about similar with others. There is probably a practical limit to the number of browser windows combined with the number of tabs that a particular browser's software can handle without building up little errors that are causing the problem and restarting may be the only solution at that point.
Try increasing your available virtual memory and see if that helps. If you have 4GB RAM or less, try increasing it to 8GB and see if that helps (more than 8GB should not be necessary for normal uses, though there are some applications that do benefit from additional memory beyond 8GB.

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August 31, 2014 at 20:48:51
Would it make any (significant) difference if he is opening multiple
windows in the same browser instance versus multiple instances?
(I forget the exact terminology. Threads, processes and whatnot.)


Just how many browser windows do you have open when this begins
to happen? 20? 30? 40? 50? A zillion?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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