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Unable to access website when typed into the address box

By rgrBen ·
PLEASE HELP FIND ANSWER TO WHY I CAN NOT ACCESS ANY PARTICULAR WEBSITE TYPED INTO THE BROWSER ADDRESS BOX.

My pc is a sr1318NX Compaq Presario using WinXP. If I use the address already in the down arrow list, It's fine it can display right away the website I need to go to. Also it's the same when I use the manual ALT/Enter to activate what is typed into the browser box, and the 3rd way is via the Favorites addresses already in that section.

BUT... when I type it in manually the address into the browser box it hangs up and after a while it says address not recognized, eventually gives error of "program not responding with options: end now or cancel,,then it will prompt for 2 options: Send report to microsoft or Do not send.

I have already ran antispyware ad-aware SE and no critical malware found, and also AVG antivirus program fine.

I have also restored it to December 31, 2007 checkpoint with same problem and unfortunately that was the last checkpoint time to restore to. Which recalling,,, problem might have come up came up before that date last restore date.

Please advise guys what else I can do to fix this problem.

rBen

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Please give us an example of how you are typing in the URL

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Unable to access website ...

Could you please provide an example of an address that you type manually? Do not copy and paste. Type it directly into here please. Also, after you have typed the address into the address bar, do you press enter or click the GO button?

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Unable to access website when typed into the URL address box

by rgrBen In reply to Please give us an example ...

I typed this: www.MARTHASTEWART.COM and click button....oh btw,, now that you ask and I noticed URL addr box has a rt-hand arrow instead of the word GO, and also the cursor when pointed at the arrow it says inside parentheses(alt+enter to open a new tab) and bingo...using keyboard ALT/ENTER do make the browser go to martha stewart website right away. Otherwise, just clicking on the arrow intself it stays hang up and then get those messages I described first time on my post. So I guess I found a get-around fix..

But how do I get the normal way the URL GO button should work, and how did the GO button been replaced by that ARROW button? Seems like the Go functions has been replaced by some other functions.

Cut and pasting the address into the box also result in the same problem. but the ALT/ENTER keys do work for now to get into the website just like normal.

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Unable to access website when typed into the URl addr. box

by rgrBen In reply to Unable to access website ...

Is this an IE program malfunction? If it is is it still the same like the win2000 where if I go to control panel and ADD/Remove program Internet Explorer 7, it will prompt me if I want to REPAIR OR REMOVE OPTION?? i'M thinking of running the repair option and see what happen. or can I go and just load internet explorer as a partial installation of the winXP system CD that came along with the machine when we bought it?

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IE repair.

by symon.l In reply to Unable to access website ...

You should not need the XP cd for this :)

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Arrow in IE7 is normal....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Unable to access website ...

Sorry, the GO button in IE6 was replaced by an arrow in IE7. I should have mentioned that. None the less, pressing that button should take you to the web site.

So, what happens if you type the URL in and press ENTER instead of pressing the arrow button? Note, I said press ENTER, not ALT+ENTER. Does anything happen when you press ENTER?

Perhaps you've turned off the search from the address bar option in IE7 and it's confused now. Perhaps you've turned off one of the other options that allow URL's to work from the address bar. Have you tried going into Internet Options/Advanced tab and clicking the "Restore Advanced Settings" button?

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ATL+Enter = Full Screen Mode in IE

by CG IT In reply to Unable to access website ...

so I don't think having IE in full screen really makes a difference on what your typing in the address bar and whether IE interprets an address as a web address.

could be wrong though...

here's what MS says about IE and using ALT+Enter for full screen mode and what happens after you use ALT+Enter again to close out full screen mode. MS KB article # 942710

When the Internet Explorer window exits full-screen mode, Internet Explorer overwrites the user interface (UI) by loading the default settings of certain options. Therefore, after the Internet Explorer window reverts to its original size, Internet Explorer displays the UI that is not visible when the Internet Explorer window is in full-screen mode.

Is this what you did?

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Unable to access Website when URL is typed into the address box box

by rgrBen In reply to ATL+Enter = Full Screen M ...

ThumbsUP2 asked: "So, what happens if you type the URL in and press ENTER instead of pressing the arrow button? "-- The same result happens, windows gets into that hour glass hang up mode, then on top of the address box it says Windows IE (not responding) and clicking X to terminate the window (as the hung-up mode stays on) generate the MS report ..send or don't send report.

"Perhaps you've turned off one of the other options that allow URL's to work from the address bar. Have you tried going into Internet Options/Advanced tab and clicking the "Restore Advanced Settings" button? "--I just did that now as you have suggested and it is still doing the same problem. If I have turned off the SEARCH?
from the address bar option in IE7 , how do I turn it back on?


CG IT wrote: "ATL+Enter = Full Screen Mode in IE so I don't think having IE in full screen really makes a difference on what your typing in the address bar and
whether IE interprets an address as a web address." -- I am inclined to agree, however when I typed the URL address and then hit ALT/ENTER it goes
immediately into that website....but the page does not go into the FULL SCREEN MODE THOUGH, IT'S STILL NORMAL SIZE. Whereas, when just hitting
alt/enter without entering anything in the URL addr box it does go into full screen mode,,and hitting alt/enter again will put it back into NORMAL size.

"Is this what you did? "----BTW, i'm not the owner of this pc, actually am just visiting my brother Ted in Florida on his leap birthday this weekend and in so doing I used the pronoun "I" to simplify the dialog. Tomorrow am going back to Houston so if we don't get a resolution by then, at least we have found a get-around way he can use his PC to enter any website address by using ALT/ENTER instead of the arrow to go to his favorite websites. Also right now he can't even locate his original winXP cds that came along with the PC in the original box. He is not computer savy and would be delighted to just have a get-around solution to this problem as he only use it for e-mailing and sharing with wife. That's why I asked if there is way to repair IE with the ADD/Remove feature in the control panel(like win2000 does)so I can try if repairing IE
will help correct it or not.

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download IE7 again and reinstall it

by CG IT In reply to Unable to access Website ...

worth a shot...

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Unable to access website typed into the URL address box

by rgrBen In reply to download IE7 again and re ...

CGIT, I did downloaded IE7, by 1:30pm, Monday,03/03/08 but have to go to Pensacola @ 2:30pm. So decided not to install, barring any unforseen problem in installing IE7 browser. My brad ok'd not to install fearful of any 'unforseen' coming up, as the end-around fix of hitting alt/enter after typing address do work for now. I'm back in Houston and would just want to close this post and thank you guys for helping me out. I always find TechRepublic forum's tech people tops on solving problems for everyone in dire need of help.
Just want to clarify: On WinXP-Can one remove IE7 via control panel list and then have option to repair first(like in win2000) and if didnt work, remove it anyway and then reinstall? I have learned before that if wanting to really remove possibility of corrupted(say a bit dropped or picked)file , overlaying by re-installing may not correct that corrupted bit area, so it's better to remove(delete) then reinstall program again and maybe it will get recorded on a different spot then.

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