So a few weeks back, our flat got broken into and my laptop (among other things) got nicked. Last Wednesday it was finally time for our replacements to arrive and I spent a very pleasant morning of pottering around the flat watching shite daytime TV, tidying up and whatnot, and an afternoon of greedily opening boxes and chucking polystyrene packaging around. Whoop!
My replacement laptop is a good deal better than my old one (it's a proper dual-core job for starters) BUT I'm being very frustrated by internets. A certain number of sites (between 40 and 50 percent I'd guess, based mainly on trying Google search links) consistently refuse to load, livejournal.com among them. Over the week since I've had the new laptop, the sites that do load always load, and the ones that don't never do.
I've tried various things without success, so I just wondered if any techie-types had any more bright ideas! Some more info:
-- The ISP and router are exactly the same as before the break-in and used to work fine, and I've tried resetting the router
-- I've tried Vista plus IE and Firefox, and Ubuntu, with identical results, so it's neither browser nor OS-specific.
-- I've fiddled with DNS settings, cleared the DNS cache, and tried disabling/enabling IPv6 with no joy; besides which, using IP addresses directly also fails
-- I've disabled Windows Firewall and my anti-virus (AVG); it's not that (however much the ISP emailed response I got would like it to be)
My next step is probably to install and run an anti-spyware program or something, although that's easier said than done because AdAware's site won't load. Could anyone suggest alternatives I could try? (although I'm sceptical, as the laptop's so new).
Is it likely to be an ISP problem, do you think? Just that I'd expect the connection to not work at all if that were the case.