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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Failing Background Image

My browser frequently takes a while to finish loading pages on the site. They'll look fine but it still acts like it's not done. I looked into it a little and I think it's because of a bad link to some background images that don't exist anymore.

I'm using the VMF Classic theme.

Every page seems to try to load a couple of images from 'lexusf.com'. Which is a valid domain, owned as you would expect by Toyota though it doesn't seem to actually exist.
For example, the Post New Thread page here has these two:
http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/...strip_back.gif
http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/greybar.gif

It's a real domain:
whois lexusf.com

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain Name: LEXUSF.COM
Registrar: CSC CORPORATE DOMAINS, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 299
Whois Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
Referral URL: http://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/...-services.html
Name Server: NS1.TOYOTA.COM
Name Server: NS2.TOYOTA.COM
Name Server: NS3.TOYOTA.COM
Name Server: NS4.TOYOTA.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 23-nov-2015
Creation Date: 06-dec-2006
Expiration Date: 06-dec-2020


But no IP address (according to Google anyway):
nslookup
> server 8.8.8.8
Default server: 8.8.8.8
Address: 8.8.8.8#53
> www.lexusf.com
Server: 8.8.8.8
Address: 8.8.8.8#53

** server can't find www.lexusf.com: SERVFAIL


So every page sits here timing out trying to look up this site that doesn't exist trying to load these images.

It's not really hurting anything, but as an IT guy who's used to noticing little things like this it just jumps out at me so I thought I ought to mention it.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 10:11 AM
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My desktop does the same thing. It will load the text of VMF quickly but the little blue arrow continues to go 'round and 'round while something is loading. I assume it is an ad of some kind so I just click on the stop X. I'm anything but an IT guy so I do what works!
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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It's nice to know I'm not the only one seeing it.

It looks like it's being called from the style sheet.
http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/cl...2be2-00033.css

It's these entries:
.tcat
{
background: #3D3D3D url(http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/greybar.gif) repeat-x top left;
color: #FFFFFF; font: bold 10pt verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
}
.thead
{
background: #FFFFFF url(http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/...strip_back.gif) repeat-x top left;
color: #333333;
font: bold 11px tahoma, verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
}
.tfoot
{
background: #FFFFFF url(http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/...strip_back.gif) repeat-x top left;
color: #333333;
}
.vbmenu_hilite
{
background: #FFFFFF url(http://www.lexusf.com/forums/images/...strip_back.gif) repeat-x top left;
color: #333333;
font: 11px verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
white-space: nowrap;
cursor: pointer;
}
.altbg, .alt1Activebg
{
background: #EFEFEF url(http://www.lexusf.com/pics/fnavbar.jpg) no-repeat top right;
color: #000000;
}



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Interesting, the top pic on the page right now is a Toyota Ad.

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Hey,

Are you guys only noticing this on the classic skin or is that happening on the full skin too?

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That's a good question. When the new skin was introduced I immediately changed it back to the old one and I hadn't looked at the new one since.

So I just changed it, looked around and yep, I still like the old one.

I was watching it though and I think you're on to something. The new skin doesn't seem to have the 'lexusf' references. I don't see the pages waiting on it, it's not listed as any of the media on the page, and it's not in the CSS for the new skin.

To be thorough I also tried the Mobile skin and I don't see it there either so it looks like it may be limited to the style sheet used for the Classic skin.
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I'm not seeing this error at all.... can you guys come grab a screen shot?

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It's not so much an error, as it is a delay. Every page (using the Classic theme) loads 95% of the way, and then takes a long time to finish loading completely because it's trying to load these non-existent images and it waits for them to time out.

Most modern browsers hide the status bar so all you'll see is what AWHTX is seeing, that the page never quite finishes loading. I've got the old-style status messages enabled so I can see exactly where it's hanging up.

So from my systems, the page takes a long time to finish loading, and my status bar says it's looking for lexusf.com.

lexusf.jpg

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Even with Classic skin I'm still not recreating this, so I wanted to double check what browser you are using. With chrome, it loads fully fairly quickly

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I'm running Firefox 50.1.0 but since the images are being called from the style sheet on the server, I have to think it will affect any browser. Some may just handle it better.

It's not breaking anything. The pages all load so you can read them, then it just waits a few seconds to look like it's finished. So the status bar, spinning wheel, whatever your browser uses to indicate the loading progress will still be there while it times out looking for these images that don't exist.

Since the images specified in the CSS are pointed to another site and don't actually exist, is there a reason to leave them in the style sheet? In the grand scheme of things it's not affecting people being able to read the pages, it's just causing everyone's (who's using the Classic theme) browser to keep looking up the LexusF site and query it for images that aren't there. It creates a small delay in the pages looking /done/, but it isn't really hurting anything besides causing extra network traffic.

I was just going to add lexusf to my hosts file pointing it to localhost so it'd immediately time out, but I figured that wasn't really fixing the problem so I created the thread. I think if you just pulled the URLs out of the CSS that'd probably fix it since there are already HEX color codes in there, but I'm not a CSS expert so I could be wrong.
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Thank you for all of the suggestions.
Though I am unable to replicate these errors on any of the browsers I've tried.

By chance, does clearing your cache and cookies speed up this process at all?

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