The Glacier Park Models website has been absent for a month, or so. Anyone know what's happening/happened?

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Simon - I clicked on your  email site and got a "something went wrong" message, which then directed me to do a web search.  So, still not gaining access to GPM....        Don't think my computer has turned on me like a reptile, at least today!  All my other websites are operating.   Did you actually get the GPM website?

mark s posted:

Simon - I clicked on your  email site and got a "something went wrong" message, which then directed me to do a web search.  So, still not gaining access to GPM....        Don't think my computer has turned on me like a reptile, at least today!  All my other websites are operating.   Did you actually get the GPM website?

I just clicked on the link above, and it popped right up, with photos of their HO model of the PRR T-1 duplex.

mark s posted:

Simon - I clicked on your  email site and got a "something went wrong" message, which then directed me to do a web search.  So, still not gaining access to GPM....        Don't think my computer has turned on me like a reptile, at least today!  All my other websites are operating.   Did you actually get the GPM website?

Mark, the GPM website popped up for me too.

Hmmmm........my computer IS turning on me like a reptile.     Wonder what mysterious lockout/software is precluding my getting in?  It says "network access denied"; anyone have any ideas what might be going on?

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Thank you Simon and Paul.   I had my computer tech people spend an hour trying to unravel the problem.  The best they could come up with is that my computer is being blocked at the GPM end.  Worked perfectly up until 2 or 3 weeks ago.   Computers will probably cause my premature death!

Well, glad all is good at Glacier Park Models.   Now I must proceed to pound my computer with a sledge hammer.   Gosh, there are an abundance of annoyances in modern life. Thank you all for assisting.

Just a couple of computer suggestions.  Have you tried accessing GPM website with a different browser and does that work?  If so, open original browser with problem and clear / erase / remove all cookies, history and cache items (usually found somewhere in browser settings).  Then close browser, restart computer, reopen browser and test GPM site again.  If it works now, great.  If not, consider switching to a different browser for model railroad surfing.

Good luck,

Chuck

Chuck - Thank you for the suggestions. I employed my tech guru service and they went through a whole range of probes and nothing penetrated my GPM lock-out. Contacted Jimmy Booth and he was kind enough to respond, indicating that he has blocked no one's access. I had full access to the site up until about three weeks ago.

Also checked to see if specific GPM website had been barred, searched with firewall off, used google chrome, etc. Nothing worked. So, I will have to get my GPM reconnaisance from other sites like OGR Forum, Brass trains.com, etc.    All other model railroad sites, such as Key, Lee Marsh, Atlas, etc. are working flawlessly.

2 hours of guru investigation left him stumped.  I surrender to the evil IT gods.

Mark,    Might be a couple of things: Old unsupported operating operating system or your web browser, which slowly takes issue with unsupported operating systems. Been down that road myself.

Simon

PS: You should get messages if that is the case.

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Thank you both, Simon and RTR.  I honestly don't have the slightest idea what an "unsupported operating system" is ! That's why I called my tech gurus, they worked for two hours and they declared my situation as inscrutable.   I throw my hands up in despair !  Think I'll just move to a little cabin in the woods.

I am also using Windows 10, thinking Simon might be on to something with the unsupported operating systems listed above? But I am not sure why a website would care about that? I'm sure there's probably a reason out there somewhere though?

These computer problems can sure be frustrating at times! 

mark s posted:

Thank you both, Simon and RTR.  I honestly don't have the slightest idea what an "unsupported operating system" is ! 

Google it!

"Network access denied" is just poorly worded message, that doesn't give you any specifics, meaning the connection your trying to make doesn't work.  Could be bad URL, could be server(s) is/are down. could be website is just gone.  Since others have just recently accessed the site you're looking for, we know the last potential problem is eliminated.

Computers, and the internet, working the way we expect is all about exactness based on electrical impulses that can often be less than exact.  Look at how well our layouts work if we don't get the electrical stuff just right.  My experience with most "tech" guys is that they are good at hooking up equipment and installing software and, maybe, fixing some major software glitches (usually by uninstalling and reinstalling the same software or just updating software to the most current version), but they may not be sophisticated enough to ferret out smaller, but no less important, issues.  So, ask your "tech" guy if he considered these things:

1. Change your browser's DNS?

DNS stands for Domain Name Service which is a large group of servers offered by various internet providers that translates what we see as a website name (e.g. www.ogr.com) into a series of numbers and symbols that computers use to make the connection.  Changing from the browser's "default" might even speed up your browsing.

2. Try typing the URL (www.glacierparkmodels.com) directly into your browser's address bar/search box?

If you are always connecting from a favorite/bookmark and the favorite/bookmark gets accidentally screwed up, you will never connect.

3. If he tried an uninstall/reinstall of your browser, did he "clear" all of your favorites/bookmarks, cache and website use history before that process?

I know this sounds drastic, but if the "error" was somehow in that stuff, uninstall/reinstall without those steps is purely an academic exercise.

Finally, your problem is not likely an incompatible or outdated operating system for your browser because then none of your connections would work.  But, Windows 10 has built-in processes for checking its own health (if utilized) and making repairs as required (if asked).  Be warned, however, that you should back-up your data before trying any of those processes.

Chuck

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Simon Winter posted:

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, ME, 98, 95

Simon

Not the problem, at least in part - my 7 machine has no problems opening it.


Isn't sanity really just a one trick pony, anyway? I mean, all you get is one trick, rational thinking! But when you're good and crazy…ooh hoo hoo hoo…the sky's the limit!

Thank you, all, for your suggestions, but.........suddenly I can now fully access the GPM website!!!!!

  I dunno, computers are like  the Twilight Zone. 

No doubt it will blow up again.  That's the nature of computers.  Again, many thanks for your recommendations!

mwb posted:Simon Winter posted:

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, ME, 98, 95

Simon

Not the problem, at least in part - my 7 machine has no problems opening it.

Never stated that they were a problem, just that they were no longer supported by MS. 

Simon

Simon Winter posted:
mwb posted:Simon Winter posted:

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, ME, 98, 95

Simon

Not the problem, at least in part - my 7 machine has no problems opening it.

Never stated that they were a problem, just that they were no longer supported by MS. 

Simon

Was just eliminating 1 variable.  It's entirely possible that this is really just a PIBKAM issue,


Isn't sanity really just a one trick pony, anyway? I mean, all you get is one trick, rational thinking! But when you're good and crazy…ooh hoo hoo hoo…the sky's the limit!

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