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Powermac frequently loses ability to browse the web but only in one account

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Mar 26, 2013 3:06 PM

Hello,

 

Several times a day my Powermac G5 Dual 2.0 GHz will lose it's ability to browse the web. I'm using ethernet to connect to my router which is connected to my cable modem (so this is not a wireless problem). Suddenly, at seemingly random times while surfing, my browser will simply not be able to load a web page. Trying other browsers results in the same problem (Safari, Opera, and Seamonkey all have this issue). If I go to Network system preferences it reports that I'm connected and gives my IP address. So it seems to think everything's fine, but it's not.

 

HOWEVER, if I login to my wife's account on the same computer and load any web page and THEN go back to my account, I can continue surfing without problems, at least for a while. So my web browsing goes out until I use a different account to load a page, which seems to cause my account to start working again. Other accounts on this computer do not experience this problem.

 

Another interesting bit is that if I'm running a download helper program it will continue to download when the problem occurs, so it's not that I lose all internet connectivity. It appears to be only web browsers that have this problem.

 

Got any ideas to try to fix this? Thanks!

 

- LW

Power Mac G5 (June 2004), Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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