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I cant access any website form my dell home pc though my high speed provider has confirmed my modem is online,also I ran the WIndows diagnostic and it said my connectivity is fine, any guesses? thanks k

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  • kristine_sch Mar 02, 2009

    no I cant get to, but something thats odd is that my son uses limewire, and it is a program that is downloaded on our pc, he opens up the limewire program and it connects to the internet as he is able to download new songs.Hence the ineternet is reached that way

  • kristine_sch Mar 02, 2009

    I think it has something to do with settings becuase as soon as Time Warner ( hi speed provider) got us back online and I tried typing, I got a pop up that said< this site is not available offline, if you wish to access this site please select to connect, tehn you could either clcik connect or cancel. But it did not conenct me to, though I selected connect?

  • kristine_sch Mar 02, 2009

    Thanks for your clear and specific suggestions. becuae I am at work Ill try it as soon as I get home.

    My pc plugs directly into the router, that displays 4 lights: one for PC, one for Data ,one for Test and the last Power.(as provided by the cable company).

    I hope this answers your question?

    also I checked the obvious-such as " Is work offline" under my microsoft tools checked? no it is not...

    Again thanks and I will report back in the morning -first thing or tongiht if I get online.



  • kristine_sch Mar 02, 2009


    thanks so much.I love this fixya site. I am at work and my pc is h ome so as soon as I try these suggestion I will let you know, hopefully tongiht which menas Im back online!!!

    Thanks for your time and brains


  • kristine_sch Mar 02, 2009


    thanks so much.I love this fixya site. I am at work and my pc is h ome so as soon as I try these suggestion I will let you know, hopefully tongiht which menas Im back online!!!

    Thanks for your time and brains


  • kristine_sch Mar 03, 2009

    I did try the Solution offered by Gymowner and DJ Gray but I could not "force the the set up" as suggested becuase I was not sure how to "open a command prompt" but here is what I did and here are my results:

    Since not long ago I did an F8 and restored to manugfactuer settings; Windows prompted me to upgrade which I did , also my fiels and setting and placed in my c drive

    I went to Network places, and to create a new connection and wizard my way through, still no luck.

    However I did uncover something when I would go to the Tools on the Internet explorer page the "Work Offline" was now checked ( it ahd not been yesterday) when I would uncheck it I would enter and hti enter, the compuater would evetually display the unable ot ocnnect page and when I would look back into tools the WorkOffline was checked agian.

    I know I am getting closer, it looks as if I will have to sit on the phone with Dell. Something was activated in m,y files and settings also, i saw some stragne things.

    Also I tried to connect when the page would appear, "Unable to Display" to connect to this page, click here...but again no luck.

    Thank you all for your assistance and time, I am closer to solving this problem.


  • kristine_sch Mar 03, 2009

    My problem is listed above, for some reason I cannot access any website, though my high speed provider (time warner) ahs confirmed my modem is online

  • George Bill
    George Bill May 11, 2010

    Does your email work?


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Hi Call Dell tech support 1-800-624-9896

or else follow these suggestions.

1) Checked in safemode withnetworking

>> when you turn on the computer when you see the big Dell logo press F8 key 5-8 times.
it will display some menu select the safemode with networking and follow the on screen instruction to log in to the window.

then check if the computer is able to go online. if it is able to go online then you need to restart the computer and go in normal mode and check for your firewall settings. turn off the firewalls in your computer, which usually is with security software like mcafee, norton, symantec, trendmicro, avast, CA security etc.,

this should fix the issue for you .

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  • josekumar07 Mar 03, 2009

    Post your problme i will fix it


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You need to establish an internet connection. Right click on my network places, on your desktop, go to properties , then on the left side, "create a new connection, then just follow the prompts. Just because the modem is online doesn't give you an internet connection. You have to input the data that the wizard asks you. if you still are not up at that point, then you will need assistance, Good luck

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    George Bill Mar 02, 2009

    TW just checked to see if your connection was active. They usually won't do any more than that if you run a router.Now that I see you have a router just try this, my network places, "icon on your desktop", then "setup a wireless network for home or office. Again follow the prompts.your default address is, good luck, it's really no big deal

  • George Bill
    George Bill Mar 03, 2009

    it sounds like a virus that is preventing you from executing commands, can you run your spyware and or virus programs, I realise you are offline, but maybe they ill run in "safe mode", and get rid of whatever is attempting to block every move you attempt. They write that stuff into these viruses now. give it a shot in safe mode, and good luck, G


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I suspect you are not connecting to a Domain Name Server. Open a command prompt and type ping and hit enter.

You should get four replies with the IP address

Are you behinid a router, or are you plugged directly into your modem?

From that same command prompt, type ipconfig /all and hit enter. Make sure you see IP Address values for DNS servers.

From the command prompt type ipconfig /release
You'll get a bunch of zeros back.

Now type ipconfig /renew
This will force the system to get new address information.

Now, try to get online.

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    Damon Gray Mar 02, 2009

    Those commands did not format out like I typed them.


    There is NO SPACE between the slash and the parameter.

    ipconfig /all
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew

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    Damon Gray Mar 03, 2009

    To open a command prompt, the default location is Start -> Programs -> Accessories ... Then look for the icon that is a black box with the C:> in it. Of course, the easiest way is to just do Start -> Run and enter the command "cmd" without the quotes.


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