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What's Wrong with the "Google News" site?

 
 
Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 06:10 am
For the last few days, I have not been able to access Google News. I can access Google, and surf the net through that site, but if I click on "Google News" I find that the site is not responding. I have tired to access Google News through the Google site itself, as well as the Google link at Refdesk. The same thing happens in both places.

Anyone else have that problem? Anyone know why this is happening?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 06:22 am
@Phoenix32890,
Just worked fine for me.
djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 06:26 am
@Phoenix32890,
there are obviously things "they" don't want you to know
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 09:05 am
@dlowan,
Strange. I am able to access just about all of the other Google sites. I also attempted to access the Google news through various other sites and it just froze on me.

Anybody have any ideas as to why this is happening?
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 09:26 am
@Phoenix32890,
When in doubt clear cache?
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 10:33 am
@dlowan,
Tried it. Nothing.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 10:56 am
@Phoenix32890,
Is it all google.news sites or just the US version?
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 11:38 am
I have google news set as my home page, and it's up and running normally.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 12:01 pm
@InfraBlue,
I can't even access the site, or I WOULD set it as my home page. This is so strange. Everything else is working normally on my 'puter.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 01:12 pm
Quote:
What's Wrong with the "Google News" site?


nothing
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 01:18 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I'm thinking your blue hair dye job is reverting to gray. Google news doesn't like shades of gray.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 01:25 pm
You may want to try:

1) Flush your DNS cache.

Start (or Windows Orb in Vista) > Run > ipconfig /flushdns

2) Check your hosts file for an entry for Google news. I give explanations and instructions here:

http://able2know.org/topic/13430-1#post-395269
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 04:23 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Thanks, Bob. I think that I will wait until later, take a Valium, muster up some courage, and tackle the job.
Up until a few moments ago, I had no idea what a DNS cache was. Embarrassed
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 07:18 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Bob- I flushed the DNS cache, but I could not do it the way that you described. I had to go to Programs>accessories>command prompt. A "Dos like" box appeared, and I typed in ipconfig /flushdns. I was informed that I had flushed the cache successfully.

Anyhow, it still does not work. One time it got as far as having the news site appear, but I could not do anything with it.

How does one check a hosts file? Please explain in in the simplist terms possible. I saw what you had written on the link that you provided, but I still could not figure it out.
Thanks.
BillRM
 
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 02:26 am
@Phoenix32890,
Try setting yourself up to used an open DNS server.

Oh you did check the host file correct?
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 06:14 am
@BillRM,
Bill- Quite honestly, you are talking way above my head. I don't know how (or where...........or what) is a "host file". I don't have the foggiest idea how to use an open DNS server. If you would please explain it to me, I would attempt to try to fix the damn thing, but I have no idea how to proceed.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 03:13 pm
Doesn't anyone have any ideas????
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 03:23 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:
How does one check a hosts file? Please explain in in the simplist terms possible. I saw what you had written on the link that you provided, but I still could not figure it out.


Go to Local Disk (C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >

Open a file called "hosts". You will need to choose a program to open it. Select notepad.

Then press control A and delete everything.

Paste this line into the file.

Quote:
127.0.0.1 localhost


Save it and you are done.

Note that if you didn't see an entry in the file for Google news this was not the problem.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Mon 6 Apr, 2009 02:36 am
@Phoenix32890,
Go to the two following two websites for host file info and open DNS info.



http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm



http://www.opendns.com/
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 6 Apr, 2009 07:31 am
Bill & Bob- Thanks. I will try the things that you have suggested, and will let you know what happens. Can't do it now, 'cause I have appointments for most of the day.
 

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