This page has been set up in order to help people understand the error messages they get when on the internet or in mail/news. Only the most common ones have been included, but if you are getting an error that you don’t see on the page, let the author know (see main FAQ page) and she will add it for you.
You may not be allowed to access this page, either a) because it is blocked by your domain or b) it is password protected and (if you have a password to get on) your password was typed incorrectly.
If it is because it is password protected and you do indeed have one, type it in again and see if it works. If it is the domain causing the problem, you are unlikely to be able to view the page.
The server/domain that hosts the site you are trying to reach can’t find the HTML document at the end of the address. It may be a simple case of a mistyped address (so check your spelling if this happens), or it may mean that the document doesn’t exist anymore.
To check if the page you are looking for does exist, but you have the wrong address for it, try going to the main page (i.e. say you are looking for www.cnet.com/downloads.html, try taking off the bit after the slash and look for www.cnet.com). If you can get to the main page, see if you
can find a link to the actual page you are wanting. If there is no link, in all likelihood the page has been removed.
The requested website address is no longer available at the server, and no forwarding address is known (i.e. there has been nothing left at this web address about a new address the site has taken). So this means you are out of luck!
The server encountered an unexpected condition that prevented it from fulfilling the request. Sadly, this error can mean almost anything. Usually the only message you’ll see is Server encountered an internal error and can’t continue.
Keep trying, after a lot of frustrating refresh (’F5′) attempts you may get on the page.
There could be a number of reasons why you get this error. It could be that your Internet Service Provider is having problems, your own system is not working right or the service is temporarily overloaded and can’t handle any more requests. This should be a temporary condition and will rectify itself, so maybe you can try again later and see if it works then.
This error occurs when your browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc) does not support the types of forms that are on the page you are trying to access. Perhaps there is an error or an unsupported bit in the form itself.
If there is an email address for the author of the page, perhaps you could try mailing him/her to see if they can help you solve the problem, or you can wait till another day and try again to see if the errors have been fixed.
The Domain Name System (basically the the system that names things and how the names are handled over the Internet) couldn’t find a way to translate the address you have typed into a valid Internet address. This is usually caused either by a slip in the Internet system or by a typing mistake.
Make sure you have typed the address in correctly and if you have, try refreshing the page (by pressing the ‘F5′ key) to see if it loads correctly the second time. DNS lookup failures can happen quite often, so be persistent and you should normally be able to view the page (eventually!).
This usually means that the site you are trying to access is the right address, but for some reason or another there are no web pages there. This means you may have tried to access the site when it is in the middle of being updated.
Try the address again and if that doesn’t work, try to access it an hour or so later on.
The machine that hosts this site is down for one reason or another, probably maintenance.
If this error occurs, try refreshing the page (using the ‘F5′ button). But give it a while between refreshes.
The server may be down for maintenance, or you may have lost your connection (your modem has stopped responding or has disconnected).
Try refreshing (’F5′ button) and if this doesn’t work, check you have spelt the address correctly. Also, make sure you are still connected and that the modem is still sending and receiving. If it turns out to be the modem not responding correctly, you may be best reporting it.
You are trying to upload a file to an ftp server (file transfer protocol - an internet protocol that is used to copy files between computers, usually from a client computer to an archive site) and the site’s author doesn’t want/allow you to do this. Or perhaps the site is too overloaded
to do this, as normally ftp sites have a limited amount set for the number of users they can handle.
If the problem persists, you maybe need to try and contact the web author about how to upload to his/her ftp server.
A message you usually get when a site has become inundated with users. It just means that you have picked a really busy time to try to connect to it and perhaps you should leave it and try again later, or keep hitting the refresh button (’F5′) until you succeed.
An ftp site error (file transfer protocol - an internet protocol that is used to copy files between computers, usually from a client computer to an archive site). Most ftp sites have set a limited number of anonymous connections to the site and when that number is reached you will get
this error and not be able to log on.
Keep trying to get on and with luck you may manage it. However, if there is an extremely limited amount of users set, you may not get on at all.
You have either incorrectly typed the address for the site, or it doesn’t exist. Make sure you have typed the address correctly and if you have, it is probably a sure bet that the site doesn’t exist anymore.
Your browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc) doesn’t recognise a file at the site you are visiting. This error will occur if you do not have a program on your computer to be able to see the files correctly (say, for example, there is a zip file on the site, but you do not have a zip
program, therefore your computer will not recognise what the file is).
You may need to try and find a program on the Internet or from another source that recognises and handles the format that is causing the error.
You are attempting to log on to a news group, but for some reason cannot get to it. This seems to happen for a number of different reasons.
If the problem persists contact your Internet service provider and as quoted from a friend "give them a piece of your mind!".
The news server had a 4 connection limit to stop some people from downloading numerous feeds (that is, newsgroup messages from different newsgroups) simultaneously. The purpose was to free some bandwidth whilst the team investigated the problems with the news server (why it has been so slow recently). However, it was found that some users were getting the message even if they only had one connection open (that is, users of Outlook Express, Netscape Communicator/Messenger).
The original posting made by Ian Hagon, Internet Services Manager for blueyonder says this:
"I’ve just imposed a limit of 4 NNTP connections per host on news3 to try and ease the load and allow more people to connect. I was seeing a few people that seemed to have 10+ connections open which I assume to be a news robot just set to suck. Hopefully this won’t be a permanent move."
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