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By Kevin Anderson ·
I'm a network administrator for a small business, and I have a strange problem that perhaps a developer can assist with.

We have a user trying to read a text file from www.dailyoilbulletin.com The links vary as they point to current news. What happens is that rather than opening the TXT page, they upen Windows Media Player.

It appears to me that everything after the ".asp?" is ignored, and WMP tries to open a media file. A sample link would be www.hithere.com/blah/blah/blah.asp?blah/blah.txt

This should open as a TXT, but it doesn't.

Any thoughts? I know that it's something dumb that either her or I screwed up on her machine, but what is it?

Thanks in advance.
Kev.

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by SteveD In reply to ASP link misread

A few thoughts and questions.

1) Check the file association for TXT files under Explorer. Of course, the default association is with Notepad. If it's WMP, that would explain a lot.

2) Does this work correctly on other computers?

3) Have youever seen it work correctly on any computer?

4) When I visit that site and try one of the links you mentioned, it takes me right to a subscription verification page. Since I'm not a subscriber I can't get any further. For your user, does it go there and pop up WMP after she signs in? Or does it go directly to WMP? If it ever worked correctly, did it stop to verify the subscription every time? Or was verification automatic through a cookie?

Whatever the answers to the parts of number 4, you might try locating and deleting any cookies for dailyoilbulletin.com on that computer.

I hope this helps.

Steve Diamond

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to ASP link misread

File Associations are correct (word), and this works fine on several other computers.

She does have a paid subscription, and it is based on a digital certificate.

This has never worked on her computer. What seems to be happening is that the asp line is ignoring everything after the ? in the ASP query statement. I'm pretty sure that this will end up being a problem with Internet Exploder misreading the line with the ASP statement.

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by SteveD In reply to ASP link misread

What's the basis for your diagnosis? When I try requesting the article.asp URL without the parameters (the part after the ?), it just takes me to a page (http://www.dailyoilbulletin.com/issues/cookiehelp.asp) that quite reasonably tells me to make sure that I have cookies enabled. (That's not quite the right response, but at least their server is smart enough to recognize that some information is missing.)

What happens on the computer you're speaking of when you enter that request directly into the browser? I mean http://www.dailyoilbulletin.com/issues/article.asp. Does it bring up WMP? Or does it go to the page I mentioned above? If the latter, then your diagnosis can't be correct. If the former, then I would check the file associationfor ASP. There shouldn't be any association unless she also has something like Visual Interdev installed.

You didn't respond to my suggestion about cookies. I still would try deleting any cookies from that site.

One final question: What happens when you open a TXT file that's locally stored on this computer? In other words, use the browser's File/Open function to get a TXT file from the computer's hard drive. If the browser is IE, what you should see is that hybrid look of a Word doc within the IE frame. Another browser should open a separate instance of Word to display the doc. What happens in your case?

Steve Diamond

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