September 7th, 2002, 23:51 PM
address bar problem
I have a weird problem and xp help and support group haven't been able to solve my problem, suddenly when typing a word in the address bar - lets say I type graphics- this is what comes up in the bar http://?%20graphics- and then the Page Cannot Be Displayed comes on the screen , I have checked every setting I can think of, even reinstalled IE6 according to Microsoft's site- and still it will not work always http://?%20 then whatever word I have typed, I am using Google as my search engine and using there toolbar, that works fine but I still wonder what happened to my address bar- it use to work fine,
I have XP Home Edition, use IE6- and have since December of last year- any help will be greatly appreciated
September 8th, 2002, 00:02 AM
Welcome to techzonez.
Firstly delete your temporary internet files and cookies,via tools > internet options > general tab.
Also on the general tab hit the clear history button.
Then,also in internet options,on the advanced tab scroll down the list and make sure "Use inline AutoComplete" is unchecked.Click apply.
Last edited by Reverend; September 8th, 2002 at 00:07 AM.
September 8th, 2002, 00:16 AM
I have honestly done all that, someone from the newsgroup even had me check the prefixes in the registry and all was fine, I was really surprised the reinstall of IE didn't fix it, unless it is a windows problem- I wonder if something got changed somehow, haven't installed anything new or done anything - just started happening - no one seems to be able to find a fix for this problem
thanks so much for your help
September 8th, 2002, 00:48 AM
Looks like you have a url encoding problem.Possibly unicode.
In internet options on the advanced tab make sure "Always send URL's as UTF-8" is enabled.
Also clear your history on the general tab.(i added that to my first reply,but not sure if you read it though).
September 8th, 2002, 01:06 AM
I had cleared my history I have it set to clear every 2 days, my computer is home use only- someone else had mentioned that url encoding- that item was checked, if that has become corrupt, how in the world do you fix it - at least you have been able to come up with what is causing it
September 8th, 2002, 02:38 AM
If you have tried everything including reinstalling IE6.0, the next and final step would be to reinstall XP, starting afresh.. Reverend pretty much hit on all the bases, and it seems you have covered pretty much all I would have suggested even checking the registry prefixes.
So give XP a reinstall, backing up any important info like your favorites, Outlook contacts, my documents etc...
Sorry I couldn't offer any more assistance.
September 8th, 2002, 05:45 AM
it looks like you are typing graphics in the address bar and getting a weird response
if i am right then i believe internet explorer should automatically try to search a site for you
try this test
type graphics in the address bar
press ctrl + enter at the same time
you should be taken to
try this reg hack to get explorer to search for you
Using the Internet Explorer Classic Search
If you want to use the classic search engine in the Internet Explorer
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
If it is not there, create a String Value of Use Search Asst
Give it a value of no
let us know if it helped
i checked mine and it is correct
Last edited by egghead; September 8th, 2002 at 05:48 AM.
September 10th, 2002, 01:25 AM
Thanks so so much, I am off to give this a try - what you said is exactly what happens - did a recovery and it still does it, so I am going to try your fix- keep your fingers crossed-
September 10th, 2002, 01:39 AM
Still no luck- but thanks
Well, mine was set for classic search engine and the string Use Search Asst was there with a value of no- like I said I did a recovery or repair and it didn't make any difference, it has got to be something with the search though don't you think, it's like it isn't searching - or why does it always bring up
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...8&q=graphics+- this is what it brings up when I type graphics in the google toolbar, this is what shows in the main address bar- sometimes it shows %20 quite a few times in the address- but always page not found - weird isn't it - I do appreciate your help-
the young man that built my computer is stumped on this one also
September 11th, 2002, 01:19 AM
Well guess what, I went ahead and installed the Service Pack 1 that was released for XP and it fixed my problem with the address bar, of course who knows what else may pop up but for now I am happy. Thanks for your all your help