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I was just trying to check out one of my websites on IE6, and I receive an error saying "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site... Operation Aborted".

Now it turns out that when I try the same site on Firefox on the same machine (VirtualBox WinXP VM) it works. Other websites I host on the same machine also work in IE6, so it's not like the box is unreachable. In fact, my server logs show a 200 status that the page was reached.

If it matters, I'm running WordPress for the site, so I think it could be a PHP thing at this point. However, my other WordPress site on the same box (which is Debian Lenny, btw) loads just fine. So weird.

Many thanks for any help.

UPDATE: Just replaced home page with static HTML and it loaded. Looks like it could a PHP issue. Is it possible there is some difference in how IE6 acts with PHP as opposed to other IE versions?

UPDATE 2: I'm on WP 2.9.1 and have disabled all of my plugins. Interestingly, I see the title of the site for a brief time for the error pops up. Does that pretty much confirm that it's PHP related? I'm using PHP 5 if that matters.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Issue fixed. Problem is that you cannot write to the HEAD HTML element before it is closed, caused by my moving my asynchronous Google Analytics script there.


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There's a discussion on the IE Blog about how this was partially fixed in IE8… – scunliffe Jan 22 '10 at 15:01

Check proxy settings of IE6, it may be using some random proxy.

Also, it goes without saying, you should probably move away from IE6, offer a JS pop up that alerts the user to upgrade their browser.

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Hmm, nothing on the proxy front. Thanks, though. Realistically I'd love to just deny my users outright (got my wish I guess), but I'd rather do it on purpose ;). – Eric Wendelin Jan 8 '10 at 19:44
can you access any other sites in 6? What about your webserver logs, do they show unusal issues? What technology is the site built in, if it's a dynamic language (Ruby, PHP, .NET, etc) you should be able to get some verbosity in the output and write it to a log to see why it's failing. – WedTM Jan 8 '10 at 19:56
That's the odd thing. The access log shows a 200 OK and nothing in the error log. The site is built in PHP (Wordpress). I'll turn up my log level to DEBUG and see if that helps. – Eric Wendelin Jan 8 '10 at 20:00
PHP shouldn't matter to IE6 as a language. PHP simply outputs rendered HTML to the browser. HOWEVER!!! It may be sending a location header ("header("Location:<some other place>");) that is incorrect, causing IE6 to route somewhere it doesn't like. This would usually manifest itself in the other browsers as well though. Do you have a URL that we can look at and examine? – WedTM Jan 8 '10 at 20:25
Turns out I was an idiot and the problem was Javascript. I appreciate your dialog though :) Thank you. – Eric Wendelin Jan 9 '10 at 4:16

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