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Old 03-06-2003, 22:16   #1 (permalink)
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Need some help

I can't get inot my hotmail account any more. I havnt been in for about 5 days and since then they've changed the site format (again). It's now telling me disable cookies or something. It's pissing me off I havnt done anything, changed any settings and this shit comes up.

I don't play with things on the computer (don't take that the wrong way) becasue I know nothing about them. I Hate computers, and I don't know what the hell this cookie bullcrap is or how to get rid of it.

Any advice would be great.
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Old 03-06-2003, 23:51   #2 (permalink)
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This only advice I have for Hotmail Accounts is... Bin it.

I just found them to be more hassle than there worth.

Cookies are pieces of info sent to & stored on your PC by the website that enable the webpage to be loaded quicker next time you visit and/or keeps info about you like password stuff. (Very basic explanation) Someone will be able to tell you more than me.
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Old 03-07-2003, 11:23   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, like EL XR6 has said, the hotmail accounts do tend to be more trouble than they are worth - like they say: "you get what you pay for....."

But now that you do have it and are having problems...

COOKIES:

Are little text files sent to you by the server that contain the information that you entered whilst on the site.
Next time you visit the site, it will send the cookie from your computer as well so that the site will recognise that you have visited it and be able to load your settings etc.

I would think that the hotmail site would want you to enable cookies rather than disable them...

Not much that can be done about this. I think they are kinda cool (cookies), but if the site wants you to enable cookies, then the only way that you will get into it is to enable cookies!!!

TO ENABLE COOKIES (I am assuming you are using Internet explorer 5.x or 6):

- Open internet explorer.
- Click the file menu at the top, then internet options at the bottom.
- Click the 'security' tab at the top, and then highlight the globe in the top left corner that says 'internet' underneath it.
- Click 'default level' in the bottom right hand corner.
- Click the 'advanced' tab in the top right hand corner and then click 'restore defaults' in the bottom right hand corner...
- Click 'OK' at the bottom and that's it..

Now technically, what I explained there doesn't just enable cookies. It's simply restoring the defaults in internet explorer which tends to fix most of those irritating cookie related problems.

If that doesn't work then YOUR COMPUTER IS F#*KED!!!

just kidding, that should fix the problem.

If not, then get someone to help ya...
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Old 03-07-2003, 12:24   #4 (permalink)
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hmm i have experienced this type of problem before, basically all i did was clear all my history, cookies, temp files and all, rebooted the machine and it was fine. i seem to have simialr problems with a lot of sites. I am in IT and its a pain in the ass cause the fixes that are needed are never consistent. usually its a reboot and thats it....but try clearing all history of ur sites (even as far as going into exploroer to delete them) and it SHOULD work. otherwise u will have to play around with the settings of ur browser (i assume is IE). if u have anymore probs send me a PM
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