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JRParz

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Trouble accessing this new forum?
« on: March 21, 2004, 08:43:02 am »
If you are having trouble accessing this new forum - then The Sinner has compiled some trouble-shooting tips to overcome these problems.  

(Written by ChaseTheWind, Darkmind, Ginzu, and The Sinner)

Some people have been having difficulty accessing the new mind-control forum.  In most cases, the issue has to do with Domain Name Service (DNS).  Your local DNS server may not have the www.mcforum.net address listed.  If your browser gives you error messages like "www.mcforum.net not found" or something similar, then you're having DNS troubles.  

This page explains how to work around the DNS problem.  If you have any questions, send email to thesinner@bad-candy.com

Windows

Go to Start>Run>

On a Windows 2000 machine type in the blank: Notepad c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

On a Windows XP machine type in: Notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Working from memory, I believe a Windows 98/95 machine, you'd use: Notepad C:\windows\hosts

One you've opened up the file, down under where it says the following:

127.0.0.1 localhost

Put in these two entries:

66.98.190.54 mcforum.net
66.98.190.54 www.mcforum.net

So that it will look like this:

127.0.0.1 localhost
66.98.190.54 mcforum.net
66.98.190.54 www.mcforum.net

Now, save the file. On Windows 95/98 a reboot will be required. On Windows 2000/XP, it won't.

Further questions for Windows users should be directed to ChaseTheWind.

Unix-like systems (including Linux and Mac OS X)

Edit your /etc/hosts file.  (You'll need to be root to do this.)  Add the line:

66.98.190.54 mcforum.net www.mcforum.net

This should immediately solve the problem.  If it doesn't, first try restarting your browser.  Then try stopping and restarting your internet connection.  (The exact method for doing this will depend on your system and on what kind of connection you have.)  Rebooting should only be a very last resort if nothing else works and you're absolutely sure you typed the line correctly and saved your /etc/hosts file.

Further questions for Unix-like systems should be directed to The Sinner.

« Last Edit: March 21, 2004, 05:10:18 pm by JRParz »

Ruger

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Re:Trouble accessing this new forum?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2004, 06:41:21 pm »
With the troubleshooting assistance of Simon Bar Sinister, I've worked on this with our hosting company and believe things to be fixed now. So if you're still having the DNS issues described in this thread, let me know.