I have been using Fedora Core 6 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6 for awhile now, but I'm still rather inept at troubleshooting Linux network issues so this post is going in the 'Newbie' forum.
The end user explanation of my trouble is basically: I cannot browse to several websites, like www.msnbc.msn.com
, that I have visited successfully in the past. The browser will randomly give me a partial page or a blank page and display the "please wait" mouse cursor as though the page is loading. I have never received an error, though I must admit that I haven't been very patient waiting for one. I discovered that for many sites (e.g. Google) clicking the Stop and Reload buttons often brings up the page I tried to receive. I cannot think of any changes that I have done to my system that correspond to my browsing troubles.
Steps I've taken so far: I opened the System Monitor tool and noticed that no network activity appears there once the browser starts its "please wait" mode. I tried disabling all the plug-ins to the browser (I only have Java and Shockwave Flash anyway). I decided to try creating a new profile in Firefox, but the trouble occurs there as well. I found some reports in Google from users noting the same trouble with vers. 3.0.6 of Mozilla (though under WinXP). Per a suggestion in those reports, I attempted to download the newest release (3.1beta), but the download just hung up on the "Starting..." point in the download manager. This is when I remembered that I installed Opera (vers. 9.25) and tried a different browser altogether. Opera had the same issue. I am able to ping most sites giving me trouble (I assume the others block the ping request). I tried running a traceroute command on www.msnbc.msn.com
and it appears to be successful in reaching MSN. The last entry I received was:
17 * ten2-1.tuk-76c-1b.ntwk.msn.net (184.108.40.206) 92.580 ms *
Questions: What should I do next to troubleshoot the issue? If this was a Windows system, I would suspect a virus or other malicious program. Could this be a problem with my Linux install? My system is very standard so if anyone is susceptible, it's me!
Current Operating System: Linux dhcppc0 220.127.116.11-72.fc6 #1 SMP Wed Nov 21 13:44:07 EST 2007 i686 (from the Xorg.0.log file)
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/2009011912 Firefox/3.0.6 (from the About Mozilla Firefox box)