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WinXP: only GMail not working (on wireless, works when wired)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by asadr, Feb 23, 2009.

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  1. asadr

    asadr Thread Starter

    Feb 22, 2009
    A friend's laptop is running Windows XP. He's connected to a TP-LINK wireless router which in turn is connected to the internet through a Juniper WiMax modem.

    All websites load fine with the exception of GMail and some google-related sites. Somewhere in the middle of the redirects during authentication it just spits out a blank page and sits there. This happens with FireFox, and this happens with IE. This also happens when I use a SOCKS 5 proxy (which operates on port 29000). Only GMail and the few google sites (like search results) don't work. Everything else works fine.

    Network connectivity is fine, DNS is being resolved properly, I can traceroute the google webservers, ping yahoo/everything else with no problem.

    This isn't a cache related issue, I have completely removed FireFox - deleted the profile folders, and re-installed. Cleared cache in IE as well - yet the problem persists.

    This isn't a firewall / antivirus issue, i've disabled them all and re-enabled them without any change. There's no malware or worms/viruses or rootkits of any sort.

    Now here's the crazy part. If i disconnect the laptop from the wireless router and connect it directly to the Juniper WiMAX modem, it starts working fine. Everything works, GMail and all. I connect the modem back to the wireless router, and the same problem comes up again. Other devices on this wireless router don't have any such problem (an iPhone and another laptop).

    So, to summarise: google+some sites don't work when i'm connected through the wireless router (this problem is only on this laptop), but when i connect the laptop directly to the WiMax modem, everything works fine.

    All my friend really needs is GMail to start working, but that refuses to do so even through a SOCKS 5 proxy!

    Anyone have any thoughts?
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