Wrongly saying offline A IE7 or Vista bug?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Adam Albright, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. Anybody else seeing this sillyness? I have a long established and
    good running broadband connection with WOW as the ISP. Under XP this
    connection was rock solid and fast 99% of the time. Now that I have
    Vista Business up and running successfully I constantly see the
    following happening and it is starting to drive me nuts.

    Preface: As most know, if you have a broadband connection, you are
    ALWAYS connected to the Internet.

    I can do one of the following; either click on a desktop IE7 shortcut
    to some web page I previously visited to return there, or start up IE7
    and use Goggle to go to some new site. Most of time this works as
    expected. However even since installed Vista and IE7, which is part of
    the install, the following happens:

    I click on a web page link and up pops a warning box telling me I'm
    trying to access a web page offline. It then brings up another window
    asking me to enter my login and password for the MSN network.

    I HAVE NEITHER a MSN account or any need for a dial-up connection and
    of course didn't set one up since I have broadband with WOW.

    I suspect this is a IE7 specific issue since even when I'm told I'm
    offline I can still post to Usenet, like to this newsgroup. Also Vista
    always shows I'm connected on the Task Bar and doesn't show the
    unplugged error it does if I actually do happen to lose by connection
    to WOW.

    I've seen several KB articles on similar behavior, but nothing Vista
    specific or any fix. Did I mention this is driving me nuts?

    Usually by not always I need to reboot, then things seem fine, only to
    happen again randomly. Other times I can after awhile click on links
    that IE7 claimed were offline without changing a thing and then use
    them normally again. Did I mention this is driving me nuts?
     
    Adam Albright, Feb 19, 2007
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    khalle Guest

    Hi!

    Well, I have the same Problem with Windows Vista Business. Under XP
    was my connection to the internet without any problems.
    I don't know if I really lost my connection, or is it only incorrect
    detection issue. But IE crash daily 6-8 times, and write that I am
    offline. This behavior is also in Window Media Player. But third
    provider software runs without any problems. Also if I ran PING, no
    lost packets there.

    Because Vista is new, I can't found many resources to this problem.
    Because of that, I am happy, that you posted this issue here. I have
    already posted about this here: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1052626&SiteID=17

    So I`m slowly thinking, that's a bug in Vista (only Business
    edition?).

    Maybe someone from Microsoft can us help.

    Regards
    Anton Kalcik
     
    khalle, Feb 24, 2007
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  3. Adam Albright

    khalle Guest

    Hi!

    Well, I have the same Problem with Windows Vista Business. Under XP
    was my connection to the internet without any problems.
    I don't know if I really lost my connection, or is it only incorrect
    detection issue. But IE crash daily 6-8 times, and write that I am
    offline. This behavior is also in Window Media Player. But third
    provider software runs without any problems. Also if I ran PING, no
    lost packets there.

    Because Vista is new, I can't found many resources to this problem.
    Because of that, I am happy, that you posted this issue here. I have
    already posted about this here: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1052626&SiteID=17

    So I`m slowly thinking, that's a bug in Vista (only Business
    edition?). Maybe someone from Microsoft can us help.

    Regards
    Anton Kalcik
     
    khalle, Feb 24, 2007
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    khalle Guest

    khalle, Feb 25, 2007
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  5. Getting same problem in Home Premium its causing other programs not to work
    (Live Mail Desktop, Money 2005) properly, thinking its not on internet even
    though i'm navigating web at same time
     
    Adrian Harding, Feb 26, 2007
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  6. I had a offline problem also. Out of the blue none of my web links on
    my desktop worked. Not always, just randmonly not working. Clicked
    them, Vista said I'm offline. I wasn't. I've got broadband and I was
    in the middle of posting to a newsgroup. I finished the post, clicked
    it and it got sent normally so, no Vista, I'm not offline as you
    claim.

    What is was is weird and still not answered as to why it happened, but
    I found a fix. Rather convoluted, read slowly.

    The problem was Vista was trying to set up a second network. I didn't
    ask it too, it just kept trying. Right after I would click on one of
    my none working web links Vista claimed were "offline" it brought up a
    log on Window for dial-up (too funny) to the MSN network. I would
    dismiss the window, try another link, same thing repeated.

    Don't know if this will help anybody else but check this out. There
    should be a Network icon on your task tray in the lower right corner
    of your desktop, two little overlaping monitors on the icon. Hover
    over it then when it expands click on the embedded links (may show one
    or more) which will take you to network settting in Control Panel.

    Now here's the weird part... You will see the real network you are
    connected to whatever it is and Vista should say that's working fine.
    You may or may not see some network 2, but it is a phatom. You need to
    leave this network window you get taken to open, shrink it down some
    so you can get some work done, but still keep your eye on it. If you
    wait long enough you may see Vista trying to sneak in a icon for a
    second network. The fun is in order to get rid of it you got to be
    able to click access it. Since it comes and goes with your phony
    offline messages that may be harded to do then it sounds.

    Maybe this is a new Vista game. <wink>

    Be interesting to see if others having some offline errors, find
    something similar to this. This is one of the weirder things I've seen
    in Windows over the years.
     
    Adam Albright, Feb 26, 2007
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    RJane Guest

    I am sad to see that no one posted any resolution to this. I am having the
    SAME problem in both Media Player and Money 2007. ITS DRIVING ME NUTS. I
    thought it might have been the firewall or security settings, but I have
    tweaked them all to the lowest settings and it's still happening.

    Anyone heard on if/when/how to fix?
     
    RJane, Apr 3, 2007
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