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It's been going on for quite awhile, most of the time in order for IE or FireFox to connect to the internet I first have to launch Outlook express and let it check e-mail, then IE and FireFox will connect right up, but if I try them first often I get the "page cannot be displayed" error? I running XP Media Edition. Any thoughts?
 

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Browsers don't connect to the internet; they use an internet connection if one exists.

My guesses are that you are not connecting through a router, you do not have cable internet, to connect to your ISP you need to provide a login and password, and you do not have any kind of automatic connection set up. But I would not be surprised if any or all my guesses are incorrect.

My only thought is that you will probably have to supply some useful information before anybody can help.
 

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Telling us that you have ADSL and use a router is a good start at useful information. :)

Let's take a look at the following for right after you have booted but before doing anything else, and then again for after you know that you are accessing the internet.

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
 
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