A forest of dead links on the Internet?
Thread poster: Kim Metzger

Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:21
German to English
Apr 1, 2004

Lately, when I've been Googling I am finding more and more dead links and have been trying to find out if this is a general phenomenon or if I have an ISP problem. Some time ago I discovered that my pop-up blocker was responsible for blocking some sites, but I disabled it and am still unable to open almost 20 or 30% of the links I need to open. Do these links work for you?


http://www.eurofound.eu.int/emire/GERMANY/ SAFETYOFEQUIPMENT-DE.html



http://www.struppe-online.de/datenbank/ ssw/detail.php?id=159979

Help very much appreciated. Kim (Fast Eddy)


Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:21
German to English
+ ...
All but one Apr 1, 2004

Kim, all but the last one work for me (running Netscape 7.1). The last one works in principle, but it dumps me to the main search site, http://www.struppe-online.de/datenbank/ssw/index.html

I have no clue what's going on, but hope that helps.


Elvira Stoianov  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:21
German to Romanian
+ ...
They're working for me, too Apr 1, 2004

So you should probably look at your end. However, it is possible that such problems appear for a few minutes. If it cntinues, maybe you should contact your ISP.


Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:21
Member (2001)
English to Italian
+ ...
they work for me Apr 1, 2004

Hi, Kim
They work for me. (for your 2nd and last link I had to remove a space before Safety and ssw respectively, then they worked too).

I've had what you describe a few times, and it's usually enough to click on the refresh button in the browser.
Or you might try to access the pages by clicking on the cache copy link, rather than the link itself.

Keep playing around with your firewall settings, it might be a firewall problem (I have ZoneAlarm, set on Medium for ad blocking and cookie control)


Irene N
United States
Local time: 11:21
English to Russian
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Did you try to change ISP lately? Apr 1, 2004

Something like this happened to me once. When I bought a new computer I used .msn for a little while and then I went to a different ISP and unsubscribed from msn and hotmail. After I set up a new connection and defaults in Outlook Express I had a feeling that I did personally offend Mr. Bill:) Nothing worked normally. First he would not allow me to use his outgoing server, I could not send any messages. None of the sites worked as well! I ended up running the repair mode from the system recovery CD. After that everything was fine with the new settings.


Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:21
German to English
Thanks everyone Apr 1, 2004

Well, I changed my security settings in my Microsoft Internet Explorer to medium-low and now I can visit all the sites except the EMIRE site. I don't think my Norton anti-virus program includes a firewall, but I'll check that too. Thanks for helping me by checking the links!


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:21
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Try the Wayback Machine Apr 2, 2004

[quote]Kim Metzger wrote:
I am finding more and more dead links.../quote]

Some pages are indexed by the Wayback Machine. Try typing the URL in at www.archive.org.


Edward L. Crosby III  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:21
German to English
+ ...
No problem here Apr 2, 2004


No problem out here in the wild west. Be sure to remove the extra space from #2 and #5, as Michele noted.


Ed (the original "Fast Eddie")


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