Have you tried the Compatibility View button to the left of the address bar
at the site?
With regards to the crashes, try running IE8 with add-ons disabled.
Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer (No
Add-ons) to start IE8 without any add-ons. Try using the browser and see if
is faster now.
If the problem does not occur again, start IE8 normally, go to Tools (if the
menu bar does not appear, hit the Alt key on the keyboard) > Manage Add-ons.
Disable all the add-ons under 'Toolbars and Extensions'. Enable each add-on
one at each time and see if the problem occurs again. Once it occurs again
after enabling an add-on, you have nailed the culprit.
If no go, you can utilise the free Microsoft Phone Support for IE8 (see
under 'for consumers')
Free phone support for Internet Explorer 8 is limited to installation,
set-up and usage only. Advanced issues are not supported. Advanced issues
include problems that are associated with software and hardware development,
network connectivity, server-based technologies, and business-critical
If you find the solution, post back so that it can help others who have the
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"sarahbear" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> What does this mean: Failed to download skins. I got this message while
> trying to load up in a chat room. Never had this problem before. Is it
> something with IE8? I had also recieved error messages saying that IE
> encoutered a problem and needed to close. I also run Micrsoft xp. Ive had
> too many problems with IE 8.