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Arggghhh! Second time I've downloaded Opera and still doesn't work!

"Blank page - Opera"

   
1:44 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Running Windows XP Pro.

I attempted this once before, a few months ago, and on that occassion I don't think I even got this far. I think there was a download problem. (Was there a time when it was first "free"? Might be the occassion.)

Today I downloaded again, installed it, got it to launch, the software added my favorites and then the browser simply hung on the blank page.

My impression was that the software might have been attempting to connect to the Opera site for whatever purpose . . . but nothing about that was ever revealed.

I closed the browser and restarted it. Same result: "Blank page - Opera".

I'm using NAV and Norton Internet Security. Any known issues that might be blocking the browser?

I am unable to browse to any pages.

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post for "support". I attempted to browse, via Opera, to the Opera support page but . . . ;)

Thanks.

2:17 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When you say hung, do you mean the whole app is non-responsive?

I'm not sure if you've used Opera before but in my version, the application opens completely empty. ie. no browsing tabs/windows. There is no location field and such.

You have to first open a "new page". Then you will have all your input fields and such.

Go to File->New Page in the upper menu.

Sorry if I'm way off base here...just trying to be helpful :)

2:17 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Alrighty . . the fix (appears to be) in. ;)

Looks to be a Norton Personal Firewall settings issue.

Opera did not appear in my list of "approved" executables.

Norton > Personal Firewall > Configure > Programs > Manual Program Control > Add Program

Added Opera.exe.

Voila! Opera is Opera-tional.

FWIW, somehow during the download and first run multiple instances of Opera.exe were initiated. That resulted in an inability, for whatever reason, for me to shut down my PC. I ended up doing a hard (push the botton stupid) shutdown and restart. Took awhile on the restart, no particular errror message. The first thing I looked at after the restart was for evidence that Norton recognized the presence of Opera. There was nothing there - in the Norton UI - to indicate that it recognized OR blocked Opera, so playing a hunch I simply told Norton that Opera was "good". ;)

[edited by: Webwork at 2:23 pm (utc) on Sep. 26, 2006]

2:19 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ya, thanks Birdman. That was one of the first "issues" that I had to grasp: Give Opera a page to browse to.

At first I couldn't browse to anything, including my Bookmarks and typed-in pages.

Thanks for stopping to help.