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When I attempt to access certain websites, for example Mapquest, the browser appears to be attempting to connect to the website, but after about a minute I get the error message “The page cannot be displayed” when using Internet Explorer 6.0, and the message “The operation timed out when attempting to contact www.mapquest.com.” with Netscape 7.2. (I’m running under Windows 98 on a Powerspec 7230, a Pentium III computer.) These are all websites that I had been able to access previously. The problem occurs when using Internet Explorer as well as my Netscape browser, and with DSL as well as a dial-up connection. I tried deleting all cookies and temporary internet files, but that didn’t help. I also tried adding Mapquest to my trusted sites in IE, without success. However, I was able to access the Mapquest website using the proxy http://anonymouse.org/anonwww.html.
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It's entirely possible that mapquest has changed their scripting and your version of IE isn't quite up to it. Too many major websites like to use the "latest" script completely forgetting that some people may be using older browsers or other browsers. Something you might like to try is the Firefox web browser, it can handle most of the script that the latest IE can.
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