First, I sincerely hope everyone is well & healthy. Haven't been around these parts for a while since life has taken me in a different, less desireable direction. When house is sold next year & I can breathe again, I assure you I will be back because this is one of the best computer tech boards I've found to learn from. Me Alan ... & his avatar! Hi, Alan!
Anyway, my post is long-winded, but it was what I posted on the QVC forum so, understandably, it's alot easier to just copy & paste my 2 posts.
QVC Forum Post #1:
I've been having a SEVERE website loading problem for the past 1-1/2 weeks, specifically a horror when it comes to loading the item pages for the past week. It's taking as much as 3 minutes to load a page. It will load 1/3 of the way, reload itself 1/2 way &, if I'm lucky, reload itself to include the reviews - which naturally is what I'm always looking for. When it just won't load down to the reviews, I'll attempt to refresh the page to get the reviews. Sometime they come, sometimes they don't, but every push of Refresh takes 3 minutes, too.
Mostly, I do get the dialogue boxes the addy can't load. Once, a few days ago, I got a dialogue box saying that the facebook plug-in was unable to load. Now, I don't have this plug-in add-on in IE, however, as all qvc.com cookies & pop-ups are allowed via my IS & Kaspersky Security settings, I can only assume that the facebook plug-in piggy-backs through qvc.com. It began happening not too long after the Q addi all the options on the item pages of sending reviews to twitter, facebook & such; in particular, the only near analogy I can make, is when that box of user ratings showed up in the lower right -- I use a 800 x 600 font so this box is 3/4-off the screen & I can't read it anyway; reason this box should be sized significantly smaller for use using larger screens.
As I'm still using IE6 which is stating to be completely unsupported at all the major websites like youtube & the like, I'm gonna be upgrading to IE7 this week so, hopefully (praying), that this will resolve my issue. If it's a corrupted code or link, then, the problem should resolve itself through upgrading. Gotta do something to fix this as need to be quick-on-the-draw for the CIJ show. Naturally, as life goes, this BS is happening only on this, my most important website!
BWT, if the any webbie has any idea as to what, specifically, is causing this problem & how to resolve it (besides updated my browser & hoping for the best), PLEASE do contact me via my profile email addy.
Edited to add: Forgot to mention, that this is only when loading the individual item pages & not when moving around the website or community; although, these parts of the website are on the molassey-slow side for me.
QVC Forum Post #2 in reply to poster who asked why I never upgraded to IE7:
Didn't upgrade because the hinge on the chassis of my notebook broke (wanted 1/2 of what I paid for the notebook to put in a new chassis -- new notebook hinge design much improved) & had to resort to my circa 2003 computer. At that time hyperthreading & DDR were 1 month old & all the tech experts were skeptical, but I had waited 2 years to get a new computer & couldn't wait any longer for the verdict, so I got a computer w/o hyperthreading & 1/2GB 1066 Ram -- at that time 1066 Ram was the creme-de-le-creme. Well, to update 1066 parity ram today is $249 a gig. Much too expensive (& foolish) to put in an old computer. When house is sold next year, will get newest notebook of my dreams. So for now, I'm stuck. Naturally, didn't upgrade to IE7 or Firefox (computer boards say FF is a memory hog) due to limited ram; left well enough alone. Now that I am having this issue in the past week or so (which I suspect has to be with a damaged/corrupted code which with upgrading I'm praying will be over-written), I have no choice. Well, I've really been getting to this point of having no choice over the past 2 months when youtube no longer supports my browser & I can't get into cinemasecrets.com w/o updating. This happened so I'm now forced to take the plunge no matter what the outcome.
I'm gonna download Opera which is less memory intensive before I update to IE so I have a browser backup to at least get on the internet with should IE7 install go awry. Don't want to be missing CIJ!
My IS is customized nicely & I delete my cookies & temp files everyday. My loading & running processes are pared down to only those which are absolutely necessary.
So, that's the whole story. The worse case scenario is that the to-be-attempted browser upgrade fails miserably & I won't have a choice but to to pick up a refurbished desktop at either buy.com or woot for $300 until the house is sold. Hopefully not, as it would be a darn shame for my pocketbook to have spend $300 just to have something substandard to hold me over for just a year. But what are ya gonna do if it comes to that.
In the interim, should any of you guys have any words of wisdom for me, lmk. I'm installing my new Kaspersky IS 2010, updating all my spyware programs that I run periodically like Spybot, Adware, etc., defragging, backing up & the like. Then, I'll be ready to download Opera to so at least (I hope!) I have a working browser if the IE7 install fails. If any of you guys know of any other browser that's low memory usage, lmk. Now, when I do download the new or upgraded browsers should I have my Kaspersky disabled? Also, being that my specs are low, should I actually be upgrading to KIS 2010 or just for the year add the new license # to my existing, older program of their's; I believe circa 2008, maybe 2009?
So for now, I'm gonna get busy readying my computer for this & start & only hope that it doesn't end up like most of the things in my life have been going over the past several years ... To quote a new internet friend, "... if something can go wrong it will, and if it can't, it will anyway!"