Computer issues - Grant???

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11 years 11 months ago #23530 by Indigo
Went through and did all the updates earlier in the week. Since then, I can't seem to open any links ie the one on the geese on the home page, or enter Kositoes site from the link below her signature, can't make the photos people have posted bigger either.....

It's not only happening on here, but on other sites as well. I've tried turning the pop up blocker off but no luck so far.

The updates are the only thing I can think of that may have caused this. The other thing is I'm nearing the maximum of my broadband allowance this month but I can't see that this would affect it??? Any other ideas/suggestions pleeeeeease :confused::confused::confused:

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11 years 11 months ago #335095 by GrantK
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Your broadband allowance wouldn't stop the links opening; they would just open more slowly.

What is happening is that the action normally associated with Hyperlinks, has somehow become dis-associated. I have never struck this one: Anybody else?

Probably the first thing to do is uninstall the latest updates one by one until normal service resumes. Then you will know which update caused the problem, and can reinstall the others.

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11 years 11 months ago #335098 by optrex
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Not sure of your operating system or your web browser make or version, but assuming MS on both and IE6 or earlier.

The fact you have got here and posted means you can open most links, the thing specific about the geese is that it opens in a new window, so try this:

support.microsoft.com/kb/281679

If Kate has external urls in posts set to open in a new window, then copy/paste this url
Code:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281679

Cheers
Grant

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11 years 11 months ago #335100 by Phaedrus
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What browser is this? If you've not done so already I'd install Firefox and try with that. There are several things that could cause the problem you're describing and this will assist at least in isolating some of them without getting too techy at this stage.

Obviously, as GrantK has suggested you could remove some of the updates you've done but sometimes this can cause further issues. FWIW I don't allow updates at all, having had several machines automagically break because of them. I might add that, by several, I mean upwards of fifty or more at any one time...

P.

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11 years 11 months ago #335101 by GrantK
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optrex;322391 wrote: The fact you have got here and posted means you can open most links, the thing specific about the geese is that it opens in a new window

Aha! Well spotted Grant :)

After looking at both of those links I couldn't see anything different about them. They aren't enshrouded in Javascript, but "New Window" explains it!

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11 years 11 months ago #335105 by GrantK
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optrex;322391 wrote: ...try this:

support.microsoft.com/kb/281679

Ye Gods :eek:

That process is probably a bit intimidating for the average PC user.

It may well be simpler to install Firefox as Phaedrus suggested. Having tried it, you will probably not bother using IE again.

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11 years 11 months ago #335107 by optrex
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I agree. IE6 should have been phased out ages ago. I no longer support it on any of my websites.

IE8 causes too many compatibility issues so I actually converted to FF 12 months ago and hated the first couple of weeks.....I wouldn't be without it now. Wonderful browser :)

.....thinking about it further I've seen IE8 in compatibility mode display this behaviour with links too

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11 years 11 months ago #335108 by GrantK
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Phaedrus;322393 wrote: FWIW I don't allow updates at all, having had several machines automagically break because of them.

The option I use is the one which says:

"Notify me that Updates are available, but don't download or install them".

That way I can control when/if such downloads and installations occur. Otherwise we could be away somewhere, and my weather computer could get stuffed up. By manually controlling the updates, it's easier to check that everything is normal after installation.

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11 years 11 months ago #335314 by Indigo
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Thanks everyone. Yes Grant, you're right, it's the hyperlinks that aren't working.

The updates are just the usual Explorer, Adobe, Messenger etc - when I get sick of them popping up in front of me all the time I update them. I wouldn't have a clue how to even find out which ones were the most recently updated so I'll download Firefox first and if it's still not a happening thing, I'll be back for instructions!

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