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A few months ago I posted the question getting "out of memory" error when trying to load specific websites (am not out of RAM) regarding bizarre could not allocate memory errors when I attempted to load certain specific websites (and was absolutely positively not out of memory), even though my internet connection was otherwise fine. That problem spontaneously vanished for a while, but now I'm experiencing the same behavior with a number of other sites and a different error message.

Attempting to load any of these sites in a browser gives me a generic could not connect message. When I try to ping them, I get this message:

ping: sendto: Device not configured
Request timeout for icmp_seq 0 

Things that haven't helped:

  • Using a different network
  • Using a wired instead of wireless network
  • Logging in as a different user
  • Rebooting (it actually did help on one occasion, but the problem reappeared a few minutes later)
  • Requesting different pages on the site or using variants on the URL (e.g., with or without www)
  • Using the site's IP address instead of the name

I haven't been able to determine whether the same problem occurs when I use a VPN, because one of the sites that will no longer load is my VPN :P

The error occurs before the computer has even tried to load the site, but after it receives the IP address.

update: partial list of non-working sites (all of these are publicly available):

  • Can you disclose any of the non working sites so we can try to recreate the problem. – Ruskes May 15 '13 at 6:55
  • @Buscar웃 Thanks for the suggestion; I've added a list. – octern May 15 '13 at 20:37
  • Great, so the San Francisco opens fine at log in screen, in Firefox. The Helioscalender also works. It does have a application/x-shockwave-flash in it that might cause your problem. – Ruskes May 15 '13 at 20:59
  • And they all work in Chrome! – Ruskes May 15 '13 at 21:38
  • It doesn't appear to even be trying to load the site. Also note that I get these anomalous error messages when I use ping, so I don't think it has to do with the content of their web pages. I've also verified that these sites respond to pings normally using a different computer. – octern May 15 '13 at 21:52

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