my explorer 5.5 won't get on the internet, ho

August 30, 2010 at 02:17:17
Specs: Windows XP
I just replaced a defective modem on my old computer running Windows 95, only to find that the explorer 5.5 will not get on the internet anymore. That is, the modem now works but the explorer will no longer gain access to any websites, including the MSN website. Does the Explorer program need updated ? If so, how do I download an update to a computer which cannot gain access the download site ? Could I download to a CDRW on my newer computer and then install the CD into my old computer ?

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August 30, 2010 at 02:51:51
IE 5.5 was the last version of Internet Explorer to work under Win95, but it should still work on many sites today. You could possibly find a later version of Opera or an early version of Firefox (or "Mozilla Phoenix", as it was referred to early-on) that would be more up-to-date, but I'd suspect your problem may be in your connection settings. If you've changed types of modems or the port that the connection looks for, then the connection may need to be reconfigured for it. Make sure the modem is working as well buy using something like Hyperterminal to verify that it can actually dial-out (which it sounds like you've already done)...

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August 30, 2010 at 08:48:12
What ISP are you using to connect?

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August 30, 2010 at 20:27:39
You could try to repair your IE 5.5 under Start|Programs|Accesories|System Tools|System Information|Tools drop down box|Internet Explorer Repair Tool.

But a better way to do it is to just reinstall IE what ever the version is and I would definitely go with 5.50 SP2 from You are supposed to burn the files onto CD to get them onto the target computer, so yes is the answer. Just like installing windows from a hard drive, installing or reinstalling IE from the hard drive works best. And the proper reinstallation method is to choose Custom in order to gain access to the check boxes and place a check mark in all the boxes that show that particular item was installed the first time through. If you don't check the boxes manually the files don't get extracted from the cab files and nothing actually gets reinstalled - it's just a waste of time to do otherwise.

Still no joy, I would remove all items under Network app in control panel except for primary network log on, then reboot, then reinstall the minimum items to support your particular setup. I don't know why this works when the network fails as it seems to have done for you, but the fix WORKS. Try it.


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September 1, 2010 at 01:28:21
Thanks for your help so far ! The ISP is Extreme Internet.

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September 1, 2010 at 07:21:48
Sometimes people using 9X try to set up up a connection with the IE 'make a connection' option. Often that will fail and you need to install the ISP software separately. I wasn't sure if that's what happened in your case or if the ISP was connecting OK and it was an IE problem.

As already mentioned, you shouldn't have a problem with IE 5.5. I was using it on my 98 machine until a year or two ago when I began having problems with it on ebay and with online banking. But for just doing some browsing it works fine. I was using the 5.5 sp2 upgrade from here:

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September 7, 2010 at 17:57:11
The version of browser should have very little impact.

It is likely that you need to reconfigure internet access under Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Internet Tools --> Internet Connection Wizard

IE 5.5 should work without a problem. I routinely access the internet on my older machines, one has Windows 98SE and uses the built-in IE 5.0 browser. I'm actually surprised how well IE 5.0 still works after 11 years.

I also have a machine with Windows 95 and Internet Explorer 3.0, as any browser earlier than 3.0 is somewhat limited in usability due to lack of CSS/Javascript support, although IE 1.0 does still work on my original Windows 95 laptop, LOL.

None of these old browsers seems to have issues doing casual browsing and logging into

The only downsides are as mentioned above you need at least IE 5.5 or Firefox 1.5 to access secure internet sites like online banking. And Internet Explorer versions earlier than 4.0 Beta 1 do not support PNG image files; while most sites still use JPG and BMP images, Wikipedia supports PNG pictures, so these won't display in earlier browsers.

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