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Ok, this is a very specific fix for a very specific issue. I just had to do this to a buddy's system to re-enable his access to OCN. So read and enjoy, it's short though

Ok, have you ever experienced accessing a site that you really enjoy? In fact, you access that site every day, at least 24 times a day? (*cough* OCN *cough*).
Well, sometimes you can randomly just not be able to access the site anymore. It's a scary feeling, not being able to go on to the site, even though your buddies can at their houses. What can you do?

Well, first thing to do is see if the site is down or whatever. Do a DNS lookup. Very easy. Just go to THIS SITE and get the IP address. Then do a reverse DNS lookup with something like this is preffered. Once you do that, you can press the 'click' button, and it will do the WHOIS for you.

Now you should know if the site is down/ if your country is blocking it's IP (yes, countries block many sites from other countries; Canada, the states, and naturally China are among this list).

Now, if you get all the data, they're fine. See if you can access the site again. When you can, don't panic, don't scream, and do NOT break your computer.

The next thing you can do is check the nslookup. Either press the windows button + R and type in NSLOOKUP and put in "overclock.net" for example, or press WINDOWS + R --> CMD.EXE --> nslookup --> "overclock.net". Server unknown? That's no fun. If server is known, and it demonstrates the data, then check to see if a URL web proxy lets you view the site. If not, then you have to call your ISP provider, they might be blocking some of the IPs of your favourite sites.

For the next step, it is very specific. Not very difficult, mind you, but still. Check to see if you can access the site using the IP address. If it works, continue below. If the IP address still does not detect it, then you'll have to contact your ISP, or check out your router configuration. I won't deal with that now, cuz that takes forever.

Next, you know you can view the site, but you can't login, and you have to always use the IP address to view. No fun, eh? So, what does this mean? You might have an internal network issue. I won't go into the details of why it happens, or why this fixes it, but read on, dear lad, read on:

WINDOWS + R --> CMD.exe --> netsh --> firewall --> reset

Check the site, and VOILA! It will work. If you don't believe me, feel free to PM mega_option101 to ask if it actually worked.


Hope this helps, and hope you got something out of it. If not, post a complaint/whatever and I'll try to lighten things up.

:note:

--> generally implies hitting a next button or pressing enter or pressing OK, in the case of this guide, it was used as 'enter'.

:edit:

and don't actually PM the mods with dumb questions like that, because that makes you look retarded... but if you post the question in here, he might get back to you...

:edit:

yes this will reset all the settings for all your firewalls to default. and I mean all.
Edited by Bloodfire - 12/15/08 at 10:04am
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Ah yes, I've had to do this many times...
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Really? I've only had to do it 3 times now...

I'll be re-structuring this guide when I get a chance, this is just all the info clumped together if anyone has suggestions, yell them at me and I'll take it to heart
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Yeah, I worked as an unofficial Vista fixer at my dorm.
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Cool. I wonder why everyone else remains mute on this xD probably because it's too blocky to read xD
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I'm not sure. It's a good thing to know. Took me forever to figure it out the first time.
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