Broadband Tip: How to keep DNS Errors from slowing you down!

Works for dial-up too!

By John Navas, The Navas Group
May 14, 2002

The speed of broadband tends to be addictive, so it's doubly frustrating when you come to a screeching halt due to a DNS error. If you're running Internet Explorer 6, you may get "The page cannot be displayed" followed by advice that's largely incomprehensible to the average person which concludes with "Cannot find server or DNS Error, Internet Explorer" (click here for sample). You may have goofed and entered an invalid web address, but you may get this error even with a valid web address; worse, if you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, the error may persist even when you follow the advice to keep trying. Here's what may be happening, and how to deal with the problem. Note: If you want to skip the explanations, and you are using Windows XP or Windows 2000, jump down to "Turn off unsuccessful ('negative') DNS caching".

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