Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Disturbing behavior" from a well-known browser tonight (DNS errors)

Google Chrome played a trick on me tonight.  My Dell XPS laptop, with Windows 7 (which had replaced Windows Vista) had been on all day and in use intermittently.

After some work on the Mac (my piano music) and on Windows 8 (book manuscripts), I came back to blog, and was looking at the notes on a movie on Amazon's imdb.com.   I went to look up the trailer on YouTube, and suddenly I got a DNS error.

So I tried a number of sites.  On most Chrome said it could not find the DNS.  But they all worked on Mozilla.  Weird.

I restarted the machine, and the problem with Chrome went away.  I am in this as I blog this.

But upstairs, in Windows 8, I  kept getting the same error from Chrome on a PBS station, but everything else worked.

I've never seen Chrome have this sort of problem before.  The Internet provider is Comcast Xfinity (allows up to five machines).  I didn't try the problem on Verizon before rebooting.

Has this happened to anyone else?


The next morning, on another computer, YouTube embeds would not work in Google Chrome until the machine (Windows XP) was restarted.  

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