IE doesn't connect properly, Firefox does

  algernonymous 21:06 18 Sep 2012

A friend was recently told by a local repair shop his faulty PC required a new hard drive and quoted £150 cost. I said I could do it for the cost of the hard drive however I first tried another RAM stick and happily it worked. The only problem I have is the RAM at the moment is only 256mb as it's all I had knocking about at the right spec for his XP system. I'm waiting for delivery of 1gb to put in it, but can you just tell me in the meantime if this is the reason IE is not connecting properly (I get the Home page come up but a box appears in front saying 'Internet Explorer cannot connect to www.etc, Operation aborted') Firefox connects and works fine (albeit slow).

  rdave13 21:23 18 Sep 2012

Try running IE without add-ons. From memory, start - all programs - accessories - system tools (?) - IE without add-ons. If IE8 runs OK then you have an add-on that's dodgy.

  Secret-Squirrel 13:39 19 Sep 2012

algernonymous, it could also be something as simple as a problem with the homepage(s) that IE's set to. Go to control Panel -> Internet Options and delete everything in the "Home Page" section. Enter a new valid homepage, click OK then open IE and see if it now behaves.

  algernonymous 08:32 21 Sep 2012

Thanks folks, the 1Gb RAM came, I put it in and IE works fine now. Didn't get a chance to try the fixes.

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