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I just tried both suggestions. I think the second one helped. I can get to the main /home page on the internet...and some other websites, but the performance is terrible. Somtimes. when I try to navigate to another site...it comes back with an error message saying that "Internet Explorer cannot display the Webpage" Then I go to the Tools dropdown and "Work Offline" is checked.
When I try to use Microsoft Outlook, and it goes thru the "Send/Receive" function... it says that the "operation timed out waiting for a response from the receiving POP server.
Any other suggestions ? Thanks !
I accepted the earlier answer, but I am still struggling to resolve the issue. I sent an earlier message. Not sure if you received it... ?
This morn I removed Carbonite. I installed Vista SP2. I tried all of your suggestions. And then did a restart. I can access my "home page" on the internet. When I try to navigate elsewhere, sometimes I can get there, after a long wait. Other times, it will come back with "IE cannot display the webpage". When I diagnose the problem, sometimes it will come back with Error 403 (forbidden site). Other times, it says "windows did not find any problems with this computer's network connection.
Also, I still have lots of difficulty with Microsoft Outlook, when I try to "send/receive".
I just tried the highly restrictive setting and it seems to help. I can get to some more sites, but the performance is terribly slow. getting real frustrated.
NixDude..... we had a breakthrough !! It must be the Network Adaptor. I just switched the laptop over to wireless (which I never use) and the internet and my Outlook mail is working fine. I feel like a dope. I guess I'll have to purchase a new network card.
Thanks for your help !