Unable to Access Specific Website


Tom W. Gunby

Two of the computers (one W2000 SP4, one XP Home) on our small peer-to-peer
network are unable to access the website www.etax.dor.ga.gov.

Error message is "The Page Cannot Be Displayed".

Two other computers on the same network (one W2000 SP4, one W98) are able to
access the website www.etax.dor.ga.gov.

All machines are running IE6 and using a "basic" HOSTS file.

DNS cache has been flushed on each machine.

One of the "unable to access" machines has Mozilla Firefox installed and can
access www.etax.dor.ga.gov through Firefox.

Sure would appreciate some assistance in resolving this situation with IE.

Thank you.



Rob -

Appreciate the reply.

Tried the fully qualified URL - works on the computers that have been able
to access the site, does not work on the computers that have not been able
to access the site.

The computers are individually connected to a router provided by Bellsouth
and are part of a workgroup.

In another thread on this newsgroup, I found a post suggesting using a
repair (line 68, right side) at Kelly's Korner which led me to inspect the
settings in HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\services\dnscache\parameters.

Here are the differences I found:

Unable-to-access-site computer Able-to-access-site computer
Negativecachetime 0x00000000 (0)
0x0000012c (300)
NegativeSOAcachetime 0x00000000 (0)
0x00000078 (120)
Netfailurecachetime 0x00000000 (0)
0x0000001e (30)
MaxcacheTtl 0x00003840 (14400)
this parameter not shown
MaxnegativecacheTtl 0x00000000 (0)
this parameter not shown

Could the differing values be the source of the "unable-to-access"
computer's problem?

I normally do not perform registry hacks but if this could indeed resolve
the problem, I am willing to attempt it.

Thank you.


Hi Tom,

Try using a fully qualified URL
http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/forms.shtml I assume that you want to do some
on-line forms submission.

Are you realy using a peer to peer connection between your PC's? Or do you
mean MS Home Networking?


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