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Hedgehopper
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Over the past few days I've found it increasingly more difficult to log in, unless I lower my privacy/security settings.

Is anyone else suffering from this little problem?

John Farrar
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Yes, access time to the board has been very intermittent for me lately. Sometimes I can log in with no delays, and other times I give up waiting for the first page to arrive. This with ISDN connection.
This time access was immediate. Weird...
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John

Charles
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As John commented above and this on ADSL,sometimes it's like watching paint dry.
Charles

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Charles
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Hedgehopper
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I got in fast this time but it's been "iffy" all week for me. Just thought it strange that lowering my security/privacy settings seemed to overcome the problem.

Chirpy
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I find accessing the forum can change from one moment to the next. I'm not talking about posting a reply to one any of the long 'chatter' forum threads - that's my fault. I just mean logging in to the site itself. With me it's been like this for two or three weeks now and I'm using an ntl broadband connection.

Chirpy.

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SIFI
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Intermittent problems for me for 2-3 weeks like Chirpy.

I can be using the forum happily for a period of time and then all of a sudden it will freeze for anything from 5 minutes up to 1 hour.

SIFI

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RayL
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Since changing to the Telewest broadband service this forum has been very fast. Everything changes as soon as you click, the only small delay (5 secs?) is when submitting a reply and waiting for the thread to reappear. I generally check this forum between 7 and 8 in the morning and have not noticed any change in the last few days.

Ray Liffen

GG
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Hi guys,

I was wondering if this forum runs on a machine running many (or too many)websites/services.

I noticed several different problems, the main one being waiting an age for a response from the server.

I have also had sometimes a page returned with nothing but a message at the top saying something like "D:\ The CGI script returned no output "

Also Sometimes when the page times out if I change www.dvdoctor.net to 198.78.170.227 it works, which points at a DNS problem

So maybe several problems.

GG

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Bob Aldis
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I find that the faster my computers and internet connections become, the slower the forum is. I am now on broadband and sometimes the wait is so long I give up.

If I haven't said thanks for any replies it is because I have given up for the day.

Hows that for an excuse

BobA

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LscK
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Lads and Lassies,

All is now well with the board!

Cheers,

LscK

John Farrar
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The board is back to normal after 5 days of not being able to post. I looked for, but could not find, an announcement of some kind detailing the problems. Was there one and if not, would not a few lines on the CV index page been appropriate?
Regards
John

Bruce
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Joined: Apr 20 2001

I have not been able to post at all. I have lost the note on why but it was the usual computer gobbledegook.Thought BC had banned me!

ChrisG
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Me thinks uncle Bob has gone on holiday (and why not!) After all it is August.

Hedgehopper
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quote:Originally posted by LscK:
Lads and Lassies,

All is now well with the board!

Cheers,

LscK

I think we'd all like to know what happened and why it took five days to fix.

I have my theory!

LscK
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This forum/website is hosted in America by Iland Internet Solutions Corporation and is a separate entity from Computer Video magazine here in London.

Scores of emails were sent to the ISP asking to fix the problems by all of us!

I think we need to thank the administrators of this forum for persevering to rectify the faults.

AND yes, Bob is on hols.

[This message has been edited by LscK (edited 21 August 2002).]

harlequin
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quote:Originally posted by Hedgehopper:

I think we'd all like to know what happened and why it took five days to fix.

I have my theory!

i really shouldn't say this .... but

ok lets hear your wonderful theory..

i've put a £50 bet on who gets the blame !!!

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email me if you want a quick answer , the computer checks for emails more often than i check the webboard

Gary MacKenzie

sepulce@hotmail.com ( an account only used for forum messages )

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GG
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quote:Originally posted by Gary MacKenzie:

I’ve put a £50 bet on who gets the blame !!!

So, Who do you think it will be then?

I don’t think anyone should be held to blame.
But as LscK said, the people who persisted with the ISP to get it fixed should be thanked.

It is down to the ISP to recognise problems and rectify them, especially when so many people brought it to their attention.

As you all will know things do sometimes get screwed up on PC's, its an unfortunate fact of life.

If you really want to know what was wrong.

Remember the error messages about permission denied when you tried to post something.

well that was it, the permissions on the server had become corrupted.

I think the original slow go that the board had been experiencing was a different problem.

The fact is, it is now fixed and seems to have picked up speed somewhat too

To my knowledge this forum is provided free of charge to CV for everyone to enjoy by a certain Mr Ferrick. Maybe Gary, you would be better off sending your £50 to him as a token of appreciation.

GG

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Hedgehopper
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quote:Originally posted by GG:
Maybe Gary, you would be better off sending your £50 to him as a token of appreciation.
GG

Couldn't agree more.

I'm glad that so many people knew who to send their email complaints to, I certainly didn't, but if I had I would have put pen to paper.

Maybe if a notice had been placed on the CV homepage a lot more would have leapt into action - that was the first place I looked for news!

harlequin
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i wasn't suggesting anyone from the dvdoctor crew was responsible , only that the person i responded too has an idea that one person is responsible for everything round here even when on holiday.

I would be sending the money to Mr Ferrick if i hadn't already arranged a deal with him on a video related subject.

I think if you look at most of my other posts you will find that i back the decisions of the dvdoctor crew , and don't take potshots at them.

Gary MacKenzie

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GG
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OK,

It wasn’t too difficult.

Go to www.netcraft.com and search for www.dvdoctor.net.

This gives the Netblock owner of this domain. Which happens to be www.iland.com then go to their contacts page.

But I guess most people emailed the administrators of this board, which is at the top of each forum. Then they will have hounded Iland to get it sorted. I’m sure Bob will come back of holiday to a bursting inbox

After the recent problems, I had to laugh at this page
http://www.iland.com/Hostingiland/default.htm

rgds

GG

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bcrabtree
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Hola!

(That's Spanish for Hello! - and is pertinent cos I'm writing this from Cuba).

This is the first time since I've been online since I went on hols last Wed (14th).

John Ferrick has probably not been online either, since he's cruising on his boat in Alaska.

Paul Dutton, I know, has also been VERY busy, so there's not really been anyone available to look after things recently.

HOWEVER, although I know nothing about how or why the board has been down - and I'm not going to spend time searching here to find out, cos I'm paying US$8 an hour to be online - what I can say is that soon after I get back from Cuba, we will be moving the DVdoctor site (and the CV site and one or two other DVdoctor-related sites) to a single dedicated server which will, hopefully, put an end once and for all to the difficulties with connection that have plagued us for a good while now.

Of course, it is possible this has happened already, but I don't think so.

Sorry for any problems experienced.

Bob C

bcrabtree
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quote:Originally posted by Hedgehopper:

I think we'd all like to know what happened and why it took five days to fix.

I have my theory!

Hope it's better than your usual theorising!

Bob C

Ron Spicer
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You`re all luckier than me. I was banned for a period and, despite a couple of unanswered emails to Bob for the reason to be given, had to patiently wait for a resumption of the flow.

Ron.

bcrabtree
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Nobody was banned.

The board had a fault.

I didn't answer YOUR emails or anyone else's cos I was in Cuba at the time.

When I got back from Cuba, the fault had been sorted out, but I had a backlog of hundreds of emails about the problem.

I thought it unnecessary to reply to all of these emails because the problem had been sorted out.

Bob C

quote:Originally posted by Ron Spicer:
You`re all luckier than me. I was banned for a period and, despite a couple of unanswered emails to Bob for the reason to be given, had to patiently wait for a resumption of the flow.

Ron.

Ron Spicer
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No gunshots from me, Bob. Guessed the reason. Could have had a general one put out in your absence, though, mentioning it.

Ron.

Keitht
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quote:Originally posted by Ron Spicer:
Could have had a general one put out in your absence, though, mentioning it.

Ron.

In Bob's earlier response he did say that there was only 1 person left to deal with everything in the absence of 2 others. I would guess that individual had more pressing things to do than support a free to access web site.
Why must some people always try to find fault ?

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cpintescu
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y want to by a video cammera sony dsr pd150p

bcrabtree
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quote:Originally posted by cpintescu:
hi
y want to by a video cammera sony dsr pd150p

That, I have no doubt, is true.

What I do not know is why you have announced this to the world, in this particular thread.

Care to stop us guessing, and gives us some idea of how we might be able to help you?

Bob C

Ron Spicer
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Now, now Keitht. I wasn`t the only one with such a thought about a "quickie general" to enlighten us all. The suggestion was made with a thought for the future - lightning can strike in the same place twice........

The last thing I wish is to have an unecessary go at anybody on the forum; I don`t like it when others put out a spanner and for that simple reason I have no wish to do so myself.

Ron.