"Page Has Expired"
Frequently I get the "Page Has Expired" message, especially when searching auction sites.
On eBay or Classifieds2000, 1) I search for a specific item (e.g., "used CPU"), 2) I get a list of matching links, 3) I click on a link, 4) I backspace (using one of the extra buttons on my fancy mouse, Alt/Left-Arrow, the "back" button) and get the "...Expired" message. 5) If I F5 (refresh view) and hit Enter (to "resend" the info) the page appears.
This is not 100% consistent (sometimes it works fine). I have ZERO brain, but I think this may have started during the upgrade to IE 5.5 (a lot of change was occuring - I was also switching to Win2000, a new video card, DSL via a gateway router, etc.).
If this is an IE 5.5 problem [img]/w3timages/icons/frown.gif[/img], then I will dig into Woody's old email to un-install it.
FYI - this is my first post - please let me know if I've made any "mistakes" - THANKS!
Re: "Page Has Expired"
This is a function of the 'Search'program at the web page. A lot of them will NOT allow one to scroll back or forward, using either the mouse or the IE or Netscape back and forward buttons on the tool bars.
Makes sense - but it just doesn't seem likely that both eBay & Classifieds2000 changed at or about the same time - [img]/w3timages/icons/sick.gif[/img] [img]/w3timages/icons/frank.gif[/img] [img]/w3timages/icons/thinks.gif[/img]
And I really w-a-n-t the answer to be something like Tools/Options/XYZ/click box 3 [img]/w3timages/icons/grin.gif[/img]
(I feel like I "must" use the elaborate [and cute] emoticons)
This actually isn't an Internet Explorer feature. Web pages can be coded to expire if form information is posted in them. It may be that IE is just a little better about following the rules.
The idea behind this is to expire the data for security reasons. Many sites use it - particularly online email. Unless someone else out there knows of a cool trick, I don't believe there is a workaround for it.
And hey, life is short, use all the cute little icons you wish! [img]/w3timages/icons/alien.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/doh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/scream.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/spook.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/dragon.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/woof.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/sad.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/cool.gif[/img]
Solved! (I think...)
I spent time with my personal DP guru - he didn't have the problem on his IE browser - today mine was only failing on C2000 but working on eBay - intermittent problems are always especially puzzling. He also found a post with the same complaint on Microsoft (a month old, no response).
All my security & advanced options were set correctly. He asked about temporary internet file settings (that question is why he impresses me) - I had 22K files in the directory and drilling down to that directory would blow up Windows Explorer! Using IE delete the temporary files blew up IE several times, but the number of files kept getting smaller.
Files wiped out, Windows Explorer now works on that directory, and IE now doesn't do the "page expired" message.
Thanks for your responses. And I credit you for your excellent and logical answers. (But sometimes you just know that there's something else [img]/w3timages/icons/dragon.gif[/img] going on..."My computer is located on an ancient Indian burial ground?????")