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Chapter 6. Connecting to the Internet an... > What to Do When a Web Page Won’t Wor...

What to Do When a Web Page Won’t Work

You click a link and you wait. And you wait. And then you wait some more. How long should you wait for a Web page to load? There’s no good answer to that question. The actual time it takes between when you click a link and when the page pops into your browser depends on a number of factors, many of them out of your control. The speed of your Internet connection and the speed of the server at the other end are most important—if you have a super-zippy cable modem but the server you’re connecting to is on a slow dial-up link, your connection creeps along at dial-up speeds. Congestion in the data pipeline between you and the Web server also affects your connection.

If a page appears to be hung and won’t load at all, try clicking Stop (the red X on the toolbar) and then click Refresh just to its right, as shown here. If that doesn’t work, try closing the browser window and reopening it.


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