Problems with Netscape

How do I keep from going to Netscape's Home Page or Ask Jeeves every time I start my browser?

  • For Navigator -
    • Go to [Options], [General Preferences], [Appearance]. In the Startup area select Netscape Browser and Blank Page. Remove any text in the field box below Blank Page. Click OK at the bottom of the page.
    • If you would like have your browser go to a specific page put the URL in the field below the Blank Page. Make sure you remove the check from Blank Page.
    • Note: On older versions of Netscape...pre 3.0, after you have done the above, be sure to go back to the Options menu and select Save Options.
  • For Communicator and Netscape 6 and above -
    • Go to [Edit], [Preferences]. On the left side of the screen that comes up, click on Navigator. Some options will appear on the right side of the screen.
    • If you don't want any page to appear when you start Netscape Navigator, click on [Blank Page] on this screen. The circle next to this option will be filled in. Then click OK at the bottom of the page.
    • If you would like have your browser go to a specific page, look for a field called "Location" in the "Home Page" section. Put the URL of your desired home page in this field (ex www.boreal.org), and click OK at the bottom of the page.
  • I used to be able to start my browser and the Boreal connect screen would magically appear...now it won't. How do I fix?

    • Well first of all it's a good idea to create a shortcut to the Boreal Dialer and put it on your desktop. Then whenever you want to connect to Boreal you first start the Dialer, connect and then launch what ever program you want to use.
    • That being said, here's how to bring back your auto startup:
      • Go to [Start], [Settings], [Control Panel] and find the icon shaped like a globe called [Internet Options] and double-click it.
      • At the top of the page click the [Connections] tab and make sure there is a check in the box next to the "Always dial my default connection" line.
      • Click the OK button at the bottom of the page.
      • If the box was already checked then uncheck it, click OK, reboot your computer, go back and put the check back in and click OK again.

    I'm on a high-speed system now, but the dial-up window keeps popping up whenever I try to do something online. How do I stop it?

    • Click on [Start], [Settings], [Control Panel], find the icon shaped like a globe called [Internet Options] and double-click it.
    • At the top of the page click the [Connections] tab and make sure there is a check in the box next to the "Never dial a connection" line.
    • Click the OK button at the bottom of the page.
    • If the box was already checked then uncheck it, click OK, reboot your computer, go back and put the check back in and click OK again.
    • If this happens when you're trying to check your email in Outlook Express, then go into Outlook Express and:
      • Click the Tools menu and click Accounts.
      • Click the Mail tab at the top of the screen.  You should see one account listed, called something like "mail.boreal.org" or "boreal mail".  Click it to highlight it and then click the Properties button on the right.
      • In the window that appears, click the Connection tab.
      • Click to UN-check the box that says "Always connect to this account using:"
      • Click the OK button, then the Close button.

    I get "Page cannot be displayed" or "DNS not Found" messages

    • Check to see that you are actually connected to Boreal. If you're using the dial-up service, Bring up the Connection icon...is the clock ticking? Your connection may have been dropped, so just dial in again.
    • Try to connect to a totally different site. It's possible that the site you were trying to reach is down or you may have incorrectly typed the address.
    • Try the link again, and it may work the second time.
    • Do you have firewall software, such as ZoneAlarm, Norton Personal Firewall, or McAfee Personal Firewall? Check to make sure it hasn't been configured to block all communication. Try disabling it and see if that fixes the problem.
    • Check your computer for viruses or spyware.