"I.D. Azeez" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> If you post the URL
> Many thanks to Daniel Crichton for his comments. The web address is that of
> the cell phone company Fido, for Canada as <fido.ca>. I have used it for my
> account only, for convenience. There is an address which comes up as an
> alternative of the ERROR 404, but it does not refresh its account, nor any
> other function. Why it is there, I wonder.
I doubt that that is the URL that you are seeing but it is interesting to see that
that server seems to be _very_ particular about the syntax it gets.
E.g. normally we can simulate an HTTP browser connection using telnet
to a site's port 80 with as little as GET / though sometimes we have to switch to
GET / HTTP/1.1 plus Host: fido.ca In this case even the latter is coming
back with an HTTP 500 error response:
<H3>From RFC 2068 <i>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</i>:</H3></FONT>
<FONT FACE="Helvetica" SIZE="3"><H4>10.5.1 500 Internal Server Error</H4></FONT>
<P><FONT FACE="Courier New">The server encountered an unexpected condition
which prevented it from fulfilling the request.</FONT></P>
So this at least gives you the RFC number of the specification that
the other section number that you saw will be coming from...
(Live Search for
A better tool to use both for testing and diagnosis is Fiddler2.
With it we can try adding a User-Agent and whatever else
the host server seems to need to simulate a successful request...
Hmm... the server's not even satisfied when I replace Fiddler's User-Agent
with the real IE7 User-Agent in Fiddler's Request Builder. Very unusual.
Well, Fiddler shows that there are 4 other headers which could
be sent to exactly simulate what IE7 would send with its request.
I leave finding which ones of those aren't absolutely required by
that server as "an exercise for the reader". ; )
> Sincerely, Azeez
> "Daniel Crichton" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> I.D. wrote on Tue, 22 Jul 2008 12:22:15 -0400:
>>> A web address I occasionally use gave me the following message a few
>>> days ago:
>>> ERROR 404 - NOT FOUND
>>> From RFC Hypertext Transfer Protocol - HTTP/1.1 10.4.5 404 Not Found
>>> Is there anything I can do to have my access to the web address
>>> restored. It works on computers of others I know.
>>> Your advice will be appreciated.
>> This is an expected response from a server when you request a page that
>> does not exist. It's possible the server admin has deleted or renamed the
>> page and that's why it no longer works.
>> The other computers may still work if they are pulling a copy of the page
>> from a proxy server, and will continue to do so until the proxy deletes
>> the cached page. Or it could be that your computer is actually requesting
>> the page from the wrong server - which could be a DNS problem at your ISP,
>> or on your computer itself (for instance if you modified the HOSTS file),
>> or a misconfigured proxy server between your computer and the server. It
>> might be that you've installed something on your computer that is blocking
>> access to that URL. It could even be that the server administrator has
>> blocked your IP address and rather than returning a 403 response (which
>> would be the usual response to a forbidden request) it is returning the
>> 404 response instead. It could also be that the server admin has
>> misconfigured the request for everyone.
>> If you post the URL then some of us might be able to tell you if the file
>> does still exist on the server or not. Otherwise, your guess is as good
>> anyone's as to what is happening. However, it's pretty much a given that
>> it's not Internet Explorer that has a problem.