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Old 05-12-06, 07:50 PM
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Can't access DVDTalk from my work PC anymore. HELP!

I'm at home while posting this, but today while at work (where I do most of my dvdtalk browsing), something changed with the site that kept it from coming up in my Explorer.

The main forum page used to be this:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/index.php
and everything was fine.

But now it's changed to this:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/index.php
and all I get is a blank screen.

What happened, and why can't I get the site on my other PC anymore?
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Perhaps work is blocking anything with forum inthe name?
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No, (besides the word "forum" being both addresses) it's a stand alone PC that just uses dial-up - there's no firewall or any security of the sort - I would know if there was, as I'm the businessowner, and the only one with a PC.
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what browser are you using... Try clearing out your cache
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I really, doubt it's that either, as other websites and forums work just fine - seems like what killed it for me was the added "forum." the now preceeds "dvdtalk" in the new address.

Maybe if you could move this thread over to Tech-Talk, someone there would know what's up.

Thanks for the help Geoff!
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Slop -- are you using a fairly recent version of Windows? If so, try this:

Start->Run->cmd

Then type:

nslookup forum.dvdtalk.com

Does anything come back? It may be that your ISP's DNS servers don't "know" that forum.dvdtalk.com exists.
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I've been having the same problems accessing the forum from work too. and just like the OP i had the same link before and now it seems that the forum part is messing it all up.
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Those of you who use corporate networks which may employ some sort of filtering or blocking of "bad" websites, they may not block /forum/ in the link but the word in the url, or vice versa ..I don't know why slop101 would have a problem with a regular old dialup.
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Originally Posted by pilot
..I don't know why slop101 would have a problem with a regular old dialup.
Yeah, I don't either - I'm not on any network, or have any sort of web-site blocking or "firewall" - it's weird, but whatever it is, today's address change is where it happened.

Also, there's just a couple other web-sites I can't get either, (like dvdfile) but I don't visit them nearly as much as here.
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Originally Posted by slop101
Yeah, I don't either - I'm not on any network, or have any sort of web-site blocking or "firewall" - it's weird, but whatever it is, today's address change is where it happened.

Also, there's just a couple other web-sites I can't get either, (like dvdfile) but I don't visit them nearly as much as here.
if you can't get on some others, it sounds more like a problem with that dialup company..
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I'm pretty sure it's my PC, since using the same dial-up on a different PC didn't produce this problem.


Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
Slop -- are you using a fairly recent version of Windows? If so, try this:

Start->Run->cmd

Then type:

nslookup forum.dvdtalk.com
Does anything come back?
I'll try that, but it's actually an older Windows (2000)


Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
It may be that your ISP's DNS servers don't "know" that forum.dvdtalk.com exists.
This seems the likeliest scenario - how could I let it "know" an address exists?
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What is the IP of your DNS server(s) when you dial-up?

Go into a DOS windows and type
ipconfig /all
and give us the IP of the DNS servers.
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I doubt it's the isp due to this:
I'm pretty sure it's my PC, since using the same dial-up on a different PC didn't produce this problem
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I would also take a look in the hosts file.
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Originally Posted by X
I would also take a look in the hosts file.
Where would that be, and what should I look for?
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c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc

Open it with notepad. You might as well post the contents here.
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Okay, first some weird stuff -

I can get the forum at work now... sometimes - it just seems like a crap-shoot. Some of the times it won't load the whole thread - just the frist post up to the ad-link, but then if I copy/paste the address into a new explorer window, I'll get the whole thread, only without the sponsor link (which is nice, but random), and sometimes I won't get anything at all.

It almost seems like a virus or something, but why is this website the only thing really affected?

Anyways, here's the stuff you were asking for:
Originally Posted by Adam Tyner

Start->Run->cmd

Then type:

nslookup forum.dvdtalk.com

Does anything come back? It may be that your ISP's DNS servers don't "know" that forum.dvdtalk.com exists.
C:\>nslookup forum.dvdtalk.com
Server: ns3.mindspring.com
Address: 207.69.188.187

Non-authorative answer:
Name: forum.dvdtalk.com
Addresses: 69.41.253.19, 66.7.164.226

Originally Posted by X
What is the IP of your DNS server(s) when you dial-up?

Go into a DOS windows and type
ipconfig /all
and give us the IP of the DNS servers.
Windows 2000 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : mirage
Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routhing Enabled . . . . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled . . . . . . . . . . : No

PPP adapter Connection to 4084492:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . . . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
Physical Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
DHCP Enabled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 4.232.24.169
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 4.232.24.169
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 207.69.188.187
207.69.188.186
NetBios over Tcpip . . . . . . . . . . . . : Disabled

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c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc

Open it with notepad. You might as well post the contents here.
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample LMHOSTS file used by the Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to computernames
# (NetBIOS) names. Each entry should be kept on an individual line.
# The IP address should be placed in the first column followed by the
# corresponding computername. The address and the computername
# should be separated by at least one space or tab. The "#" character
# is generally used to denote the start of a comment (see the exceptions
# below).
#
# This file is compatible with Microsoft LAN Manager 2.x TCP/IP lmhosts
# files and offers the following extensions:
#
# #PRE
# #DOM:<domain>
# #INCLUDE <filename>
# #BEGIN_ALTERNATE
# #END_ALTERNATE
# \0xnn (non-printing character support)
#
# Following any entry in the file with the characters "#PRE" will cause
# the entry to be preloaded into the name cache. By default, entries are
# not preloaded, but are parsed only after dynamic name resolution fails.
#
# Following an entry with the "#DOM:<domain>" tag will associate the
# entry with the domain specified by <domain>. This affects how the
# browser and logon services behave in TCP/IP environments. To preload
# the host name associated with #DOM entry, it is necessary to also add a
# #PRE to the line. The <domain> is always preloaded although it will not
# be shown when the name cache is viewed.
#
# Specifying "#INCLUDE <filename>" will force the RFC NetBIOS (NBT)
# software to seek the specified <filename> and parse it as if it were
# local. <filename> is generally a UNC-based name, allowing a
# centralized lmhosts file to be maintained on a server.
# It is ALWAYS necessary to provide a mapping for the IP address of the
# server prior to the #INCLUDE. This mapping must use the #PRE directive.
# In addtion the share "public" in the example below must be in the
# LanManServer list of "NullSessionShares" in order for client machines to
# be able to read the lmhosts file successfully. This key is under
# \machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\lanmanserver\parameters\nullsessionshares
# in the registry. Simply add "public" to the list found there.
#
# The #BEGIN_ and #END_ALTERNATE keywords allow multiple #INCLUDE
# statements to be grouped together. Any single successful include
# will cause the group to succeed.
#
# Finally, non-printing characters can be embedded in mappings by
# first surrounding the NetBIOS name in quotations, then using the
# \0xnn notation to specify a hex value for a non-printing character.
#
# The following example illustrates all of these extensions:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino #PRE #DOM:networking #net group's DC
# 102.54.94.102 "appname \0x14" #special app server
# 102.54.94.123 popular #PRE #source server
# 102.54.94.117 localsrv #PRE #needed for the include
#
# #BEGIN_ALTERNATE
# #INCLUDE \\localsrv\public\lmhosts
# #INCLUDE \\rhino\public\lmhosts
# #END_ALTERNATE
#
# In the above example, the "appname" server contains a special
# character in its name, the "popular" and "localsrv" server names are
# preloaded, and the "rhino" server name is specified so it can be used
# to later #INCLUDE a centrally maintained lmhosts file if the "localsrv"
# system is unavailable.
#
# Note that the whole file is parsed including comments on each lookup,
# so keeping the number of comments to a minimum will improve performance.
# Therefore it is not advisable to simply add lmhosts file entries onto the
# end of this

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