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I have talked with nchristi about a problem and am now putting it into this thread.
For over a week when I have been on the thread for one of the dramas I have finally been unable to post because the screen was moving posts all the way over to the right. For example one post would be OK and then the next would be slightly off centre. Then as the days went by it would alternate from normal, to the next post being so far over to the right that half the message was gone. Ultimately I was unable to post any answer because there was no place for me to 'click on to reply.
I have recently changed to upgrade to Internet 8 and strange things have indeed been happening on my Google homepage. The toolbars disappeared and then came back in strange formation. Now today they are back to their previous normal presentation. I don't know if Google is playing around or if it is my PC(which I don't really think is happening) or whether Runboard is causing some glitch.
Has anyone else had this kind of problem.? I have today been able to post so I hope whatever the cause was, has now sorted itself out.

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Peggy, sorry to hear that you've been having this problem on your computer. I'm glad you were able to post again today!

You're right, I don't think your computer is behind the problem. One of the possible reasons behind all this could be the upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). From what I've read around the internet, many people have been having problems with their internet browser after upgrading to IE8. So it could very possibly be the browser change. That might also be behind the problems you were having on the Google homepage, as well.

However, it might not necessarily be a problem with IE8. Are there any threads where you did not have this problem? You mentioned that as the days went by, certain posts would move far to the right. Is there one particular thread where this problem is taking place, or is there more than one? I'm curious which thread(s) you've been experiencing this in—it might give us a clue into figuring out what is causing the problem of the cascading posts.

We'll get this all straightened out, Peggy! I'm glad you were able to post today.

If anyone has an idea about what could possibly be causing this problem, or if you've had a similar problem occur in the past, please feel free to post your thoughts! emoticon



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My understanding from Peg‛s description is that the posts in a thread (some posts, in some threads) are "cascading" off the screen. I called my computer guru and asked him about possible solutions.

First, as mentioned above, Internet Explorer (IE) 8 is problematic and he refuses to install it on his computer, sticking with IE7. (IE6 was also problematic and many refused to install it, as well.)

His suggested quickest fix is to install another browser, such as Firefox. More than one browser can be installed on a computer. For example, I have SeaMonkey, IE, and Firefox and switch between all three for various reasons. (I never use IE unless it is necessary, as some of the Korean sites will work only with IE.)

Okay, I‛m not a techie but here‛s what I got out of my guru‛s explanation of what‛s happening with the posts cascading. Currently, cascading styles of technology are the direction everything is changing to. In the past, old HTML tags were embedded, now they are being dropped and new standard HTML without similar set of tags is used to control the appearance by using cascading style rules.

He also mentioned that if posts from only the same members are cascading, while other posts are not, it is probably because the particular browser those "cascading" members are using is different from others of us.

Here‛s one other item to put into the mix. I noticed on the Runboard Support Forum they have made some changes in the last several months. These changes may be affecting some features on our board, since our features were created quite a while ago and may not have been updated to be compatible with the newer technology RB is using.

Hopefully, one of our tech savvy members will be able to explain more accurately, or give a suggestion on what Peggy can do next.

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ncristi,

Many thanks. You have accurately described what is happening. I was very hesitant to chang from IE.7 but many of the places I clickedaskedmeto change and many sites would no longer reveal without my updating. I have had firefox some time ago but deleted it because I changed to Google chrome. I really did not like it because it changed too mcny things and also deleted all my passwords. Then later I installed the IE.8 or is it 9?? I am too confused now. anyway I am now on the verge of installing Firefoxonce more.
Changes are not always for the better..at least for the consumer it seems.

Ever onward !!!

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I think the version of IE you installed was the problematic Version 8. There are lots of problems associated with it and so many people haven't installed it. I think this is because IE 8 is a 'beta' version and is still in development, so many of the glitches it has haven't been fixed yet.

I know what you mean about Google Chrome—I've started using it recently and it has taken quite some time to get fully used to. I was previously using Firefox, and out of the two I've found Firefox to be a lot easier to navigate and become accustomed to. Like Nchristi mentioned, you can have more than one web browser installed on your computer, so maybe you can try installing Firefox and see if you have the same problem with the cascading posts.

Yep, perhaps Runboard's recent changes have something to do with this, as well. I remember they were making some major changes a few months ago (the entire log-in page was revamped, for instance) and the updates seem to be ongoing, as the user profile page has been modified over the last few months, as well.

Here is a link to Firefox's official website where you can install their browser:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html

Their website has some screenshots of what the recent version(s) of Firefox look like.

I was going to suggest 'downgrading' to IE 7, but from what I've seen on the internet, it seems to be rather complex if you have already installed IE 8, so I thought it would just be easier to install Firefox. I'm not very sure about one could return to using IE 7, but hopefully someone might have a suggestion or will know an easy way to do it.
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I asked my computer guy if it would be possible to uninstall IE 8 and return to IE 7. He said that you cannot uninstall IE 8. You have to go through a complicated mess of removing Windows from your computer, then reinstalling Windows and the IE release you want. That's why he suggested that installing something like Firefox would be the easiest way to get Peg up and running on our board without the cascading effect happening.
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Thank you Greg and thank you nchristi. I am going to try installing Firefox again. I will do it tomorrow when my brain is not tired.
I think sometimes that software and programmes tie us up and then we can't get rid of them. It's the same with some webpages that arrive and you can't get rid of them. I just turn off the PC altogether sometimes.

I wouldn't mind google chrome so much but they eliminated things that I really liked and needed. Getting my toolbars the way I wanted was a horror.

anyway tomorrow will be the day.

Thanks again.
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You're welcome, Peggy! I'm glad we were able to help. That sounds great, I hope you'll be able to get Firefox up and running tomorrow. Please let us know how it goes and if the problem of the cascading posts goes away once you try again with the new browser. emoticon

On IE 8, it's quite a shame that the uninstall process is so difficult, isn't it? Completely removing and going through with a fresh reinstall of Windows can be complicated and a big hassle, so it's great that there is always the option of switching to another browser like Firefox or Google Chrome.
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First..I have not yet changed to firefox.

Second.. Please tell me if this appears in very large letters. Something weird with my fonts.

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Well it looks as though the letters are normal size. When I write an email they are HUGE. I hope they don't appear that way at the receiver end. It really does appear as if I am yelling my head off.

I am not annoyed...I am not even frustrated. I just found out that I don't have to take my drivers test until 2013....:-)

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