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My question on the Personal Finance and Money Q&A site doesn't render on my Windows 7 machines, but it does on my old Windows XP PC. From outside my personal LAN, I've been able to access the post with Windows XP machines; I haven't been able to test it on any other Windows 7 boxes outside of my house. I've tried Firefox 3.6/4.0, Chrome 10.0.648.204, Opera 11.01, IE8 and Safari 5.0.3 on the Windows 7 install and NONE of these browsers were able to render.

Here are 4 characteristics that I've been able to identify:

  1. Blank white page; nothing renders at all
  2. Can't view source (in any of the browsers on Windows 7 - can force it by using Firebug in Firefox, Developer Tools/JavaScript Console in Chrome, and Developer Tools in IE8)
  3. Page Title when accessing from Google is
    search (GIF Image, 1x1 pixels)
  4. Page Title when accessing from within StackExchange is
    repeat-job-advertisements-do-i-smell-a-large-turn-over-rate-closed (GIF Image, 1x1 pixels)

If you want the source results from the Firebug console, let me know (not a whole lot to show really).

Interesting thing on Item #3: this is pretty inconsistent when accessing from a Google search. Sometimes I'll get the Page Title as described by Item #4 when clicking the link in the Google search, other times I'll get the Title from Item #3; the only way to consistently get the Page Title from the 3rd Item is to use the "Cached" link on Google. As stated above, I can consistently get the Title from Item #4 by navigating through StackExchange.

I've also done some of the more mundane troubleshooting tasks (resetting devices in LAN, clearing cache, etc); for more background on this, you can review the correspondence on my Meta post.

If I can check the "problem" post from a Windows 7 PC outside of my place, I'll post an update.

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I've tried Firefox 3.6/4.0, Chrome 10.0.648.204, Opera 11.01, IE8 and Safari 5.0.3 on the Windows 7 install and NONE of these browsers were able to render.

I suspect you have a proxy, firewall, or antivirus running in Windows 7 that is interfering with HTTP in some way.

We have no other reports of this problem.

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That's peculiar; I'm running Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 on my XP machine and my Windows 7 machines, yet XP works fine. Firewalls are set to default on all machines at my place. That's not to say there isn't something wrong with the Firewall/AV on Win7, just that it's confusing that I can access all my other posts across StackExchange except for that single one. I'll play around with KIS to see what happens. Thanks for the quick follow up. –  Stisfa Apr 7 '11 at 5:47

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