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error 59 message

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by karson, Dec 5, 2001.

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  1. karson

    karson Thread Starter

    Dec 5, 2001
    I have been attempting to install a DSL modem with AOL as my ISP. Everything goes well until I try to connect with the server. Then, it stops and will not connect. When I back out, I get an "error 59" message. At one point it said that my cd-rom drive may have a problem reading the files.:confused:
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Welcome to TSG karson.

    Hard to find any clear info on what "error 59" means other than it is an "unexpected network error". The consensus seems to be that it may have something to do with DNS resolution. Or maybe someone using your same IP.

    Have a look in your Windows directory for a HOSTS file (one with no extension, not HOSTS.sam). Rename it GHOSTS if you find one. Thiis file if present can cause bad DNS resolution.

    For the issue with your cd-rom, if it is one, try going to its Device Manager>Properties>Settings page and clear the check for DMA mode if it is there. This often helps when cd-roms are not reading well.
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