Tech tips - Browser errors

20:44, May 09 2012

When browsing the internet, it's not uncommon to encounter broken links to websites, technical coding errors and malformed website layouts. These issues can stem from incompatibilities in the website you are visiting affecting the web browser you are using for both navigating and rendering the pages for viewing.

Unfortunately, no web browser is immune from this problem, and often people choose to have more than one installed to alleviate this situation. If you've only got one browser installed, you can download and install alternative browsers with very little effort.

To find the installation files for a browser, perform a search for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari and follow the instructions provided on their respective websites.

Alex Shepherd of Hamilton forwarded me a somewhat obscure question, which he had been asked by one of his friends. The message states that "a very strange file displays in a window when I open my web browser, Internet Explorer 9". It appears the default page that IE9 has been set to display on start-up, also known as the home page, contains a script programming error. Compounding this error is that the browser is configured to display a script debugging window whenever an error is encountered.

Usually you can still view the page even though the script debugging window has opened. That said, you may find the script errors irritating, especially if you have no control over the offending page nor understand of the vagaries of web programming.

You can reconfigure Internet Explorer 9 to prevent it from automatically debugging sites that you visit, thereby eliminating the display of the script debugging window.


Within Internet Explorer 9 select Tools from the menu, then choose Internet Options.

In the options dialog select the Advanced tab, and then scroll down the list of settings looking for the group titled Browsing.

Check the boxes labelled Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer), Disable script debugging (Other), and ensure that the box next to Display a notification about every script error is unchecked. When complete, click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog.

David Hallett is the Chief Nerd of Need A Nerd in the Waikato. Need A Nerd can be reached on 0800 633 326 (NEED A NERD). To ask a question email and be in with a chance to win Norton 360 Version 6 by Symantec ($129 for three PCs).

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