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i can open some web sites and some others i can't. is it just me or has this happened to others too? i can open bbc news but not cnn. photographyBlog but not imaging resource. it appears that i can access european and asian sites but not north american. can anybody pls tell me what's happening? this has happened to me twice already: once on august 27th and it persisted for 2 days and mysteriously fixed itself, and then again yesterday. my broadband provider (SmartBRO Philippines) seems unable to help too. can anybody help? thanks.

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Could also be a local DNS issue (ie. hosts file).

Try disable the DNS caching service on your PC (XP only). From the command line: net stop dnscache

If you are still unable to browse to the site, try running a traceroute to the URL. This will allow you to see if the DNS server can resolve the host or not, or if it is a network/backbone issue.

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thanks, guys (tommie, php, dlewis23, FallowEarth), for the posted replies. i'll try those things you mentioned the next time this happens. the other day, while i was out for the weekend, i got word that my broadband connection got well again, the browsers (internet explorer & mozilla firefox) could browse normally again. and indeed, now that i'm at my computer with the broadband, the connection is working again like nothing happened. gheez!

thanks again, guys.

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